Hi! My name is Jackie Aguiniga and I am the Literacy Instructional Coach at Edmunds Elementary. I have been teaching with Des Moines Public Schools since 2001 and I have taught at Willard, Lovejoy, and Brubaker. I have enjoyed every year and experience working in Des Moines, the children make every day so wonderful and I look forward to seeing their smiling faces.
I have three children of my own, Jalen, Jace, and Joci and I have been married for almost 14 years to my husband Rick. I like to spend my free time at their many activities, reading, and just enjoying the outdoors!
Hi, my name is Teresa Harder, I am a special education associate. I have been with Des Moines Public Schools for 10 years. This is my third year at Edmunds. I am currently attending William Penn University where I am getting my teaching degree. I am married and have two children. In my free time I like to spend time with family, friends, and being outside.
Hello! My name is Megan Kruse and I am the SUCCESS Case Manager at Edmunds. I am currently in my 8th year with the district and have had the pleasure of working at several different Des Moines schools. I did my undergraduate at Buena Vista University and my graduate degree at Drake University.
I have two girls and spend most all of my spare time enjoying them and their various activities. I love to travel, spend time at the lake, read, watch movies, cook and garden. I am excited to join the Wildcat team at Edmunds and meet all the students and families!
Hello! My name is Taylor Moore and I am the school counselor at Edmunds! This is my second year as the counselor at Edmunds. I am originally from the Des Moines area, so I am happy to be able to work in my hometown! I graduated from Central College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in school counseling. At Edmunds, I teach classroom counseling, run small groups, meet with individual students, and collaborate with teachers and families. I love working with Edmunds students, families, and staff!
Hello ~ My name is Denise Myers. I am a special education associate. I have been with the Des Moines School District for five years. The first four years with the district I was a head cook. I had a strong desire to be more involved with the students in the classroom, so I completed the Para-Educator Certification Course to be a Teacher Associate. I am blessed to have the opportunity to positively impact the students by building trust through relationship bonding.
I am a transplant to Iowa from Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania I was employed at Penn State University as a Nutrition Education Advisor working with income stressed families. I had the pleasure of teaching families how to cook healthy meals with the resources they had available. These resources included WIC Foods, Food Pantry Items, and Governmental Foods (SNAP). I completely loved what I was doing. It was both an honor and a privilege to educate families, students, and groups on the importance of health and nutrition.
My most “important” life career has been a wife, mother, and grandmother. My husband and I have been together since high school. We will celebrate 37 years of marriage in 2018. Together we have one beautiful daughter, who has given us a great son-in-law, and three amazing grandchildren. My husband and I are active in our church, travel when possible, and can never get enough of our family. LIFE IS GOOD!
My name is Melissa Osby and I graduated from the Grand View University in 2006 with a BA in Elementary Education. I then went on to receive my master’s degree in 2008 from Viterbo. This is my third year as an Instructional Coach at Edmunds, and prior to that I taught 4th grade for 9 years. I am married and have twin boys who are in 1st grade, Carter and Drew. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors, and going to or watching sporting events!
Hello! My name is Lexie Stevens. I am so excited to start my teaching career at Edmunds Elementary. I just graduated from Iowa State University- Go Cyclones! I have endorsements in reading, language arts, and social studies. I know this year will be filled with fun, excitement, and lots of learning! I have a dog, Teddie, and he is very spoiled. In my free time I enjoy playing with Teddie, going on walks and hikes, spending time with my family and friends, and just exploring new things! I am thrilled to be working with an awesome group of students and live my dream and passion of teaching.