Hi! My name is Jackie Aguiniga and I have been a teacher with Des Moines Public Schools for 20 years. I attended Grand View University and have my masters degree from Viterbo University. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and once I started working with DMPS I knew that this was where I wanted to stay. I have been so fortunate to work with so many wonderful students and watching them learn and grow is what keeps me going every day. I am married and have three wonderful children of my own and just enjoy getting to spend time with them. In my spare time, I love to teach dance, read, and attend the events of my children. I love being a Wildcat and I am proud to call DMPS my home!
Hi there! My name is Megan Kruse and I am the SUCCESS Case Manager at Edmunds. I went to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA and studied psychology and human services. I went on to graduate school at Drake University where I studied Community Agency Counseling. I am a die-hard Iowa State Cyclone fan, and I did attend my first semester of graduate school there before I transferred to Drake, so I am technically a Cyclone too then right😊?! The best part of my job is building relationships with students and their families and helping them feel connected to school. I am always willing to help support families in identifying resources, both at school and in the community, to make sure everyone has what they need so our students can come to school ready to learn. When I am not working I enjoy traveling, gardening, reading, live music, watching movies and most importantly spending time with my family and friends.
Simona “Taz” Lewis
Hi! My name is Tara Misra, and I went to the University of California in Santa Cruz for my BS and then got a Masters in Education from Baylor University. I was a teacher for 15 years and then decided to go back to school to become a school psychologist. I received a Specialist in School Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. My family moved to Iowa four years ago and have enjoyed the colder weather. I enjoy listening to music, drinking coffee, and advocating for students.
Hello!! I am excited to start my 6th year at Edmunds, and my 15th year of teaching in DMPS.
My favorite thing about coming to Edmunds each day is working with the students and teachers, and watching them take risks to learn and grow over the course of the year!