Hello! My name is Joann Bierl. I graduated from Drake University with a Master of Education with a focus in ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement. This is my 18th year of teaching. I chose to become a teacher because I have a passion as a life-long learner and for the opportunity to impact and make a difference in the lives of children. I hope to expand students’ limits and push their creativity.
I am married and have 2 sons and 2 step daughters. My favorite things to do are: puzzles, reading, traveling, shopping, and decorating.
Go BULLDOGS and Iowa State (if you ask my husband) 🙂
I’m David Borzo and I’m excited to work with Edmunds Kids! This is my 9th year of teaching art at Edmunds, and I am inspired by your children’s art every day. My philosophy of art is simple: art is all around us and we use it daily. All of our students have talent!
I was born and raised in Des Moines, earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master’s Degree in Education (MST) from Drake University. I have won dozens of awards in art show over the years, and I’ve had artwork printed in many publications, local and National. I love to use my art experience to help our students learn to love art – and to help them succeed throughout their school experience!
Original Art Work created by Mr. Borzo
Hi! My name is Anna Brousard and this will be my sixth year teaching here at Edmunds. This will be my first year in 3rd grade and I am so excited! I have previously taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. I went to Iowa State University and am a proud Cyclone fan. I live in Des Moines with my husband and two dogs, Tuco & Boomer. In my free time, I love to read, do yoga, travel, and enjoy the outdoors.
Hello! I am excited to be starting my third year at Edmunds Elementary – I love the students and families I have gotten to know and work with in this community! After finishing college at Central College in Pella, Iowa, I was lucky enough to make my way back to my hometown of Des Moines to do what I love – teach! My most favorite thing to do is travel, and I go to France as often as I can. I love to read and learn new things, and I am committed to social justice and anti-racism work.
My name is Sarah Featherston and I am new to Edmunds Elementary this year and am so excited to be a part of the teaching team! I attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2003 with my BA in Elementary Education, endorsements in reading and language arts. I taught first grade for two years, and third grade for five years. I chose to stay home with our babies when we started our family, and did substitute teaching at their school when they started elementary. I then taught 3 year old at a private preschool. The past two years I have been at Howe Elementary as a part time interventionist, and that is what position I will hold at Edmunds! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and running our kids to all of their activities! I knew I wanted to become a teacher from a very young age and have always known it was my calling as a profession. I love children, and I love to teach them that learning is a beautiful, powerful thing!
I am excited to begin my fourth year at Edmunds and my ninth year as a teacher. I’ve taught both first and third grades in Des Moines and Chicago. I went to school at Drake University for my undergrad and DePaul University for my graduate degree. I love learning, and my goal as a teacher is to instill a love for learning in all of my students! I enjoy being with my family, playing outside, baking (and eating), and reading. Every kid deserves access to a great education, and I am honored to be a part of that journey!
Hi, my name is Ms. Johnson (some still call me, Ms. Fort) and I have been working at Edmunds for the last and best seven years. I graduated from Wichita State University and recently finished up my Masters at Drake University. Then quickly found my new home Edmunds Elementary where I have experienced the greatest joys of teaching the best kids in the city. I love my job and the relationships I have with past and present students and families.
I am excited to begin my twenty third year teaching for the Des Moines Public Schools. I have taught kindergarten, first grade, third grade and have been a reading teacher. This is the start of my fourth year at Edmunds and I am excited to be back in the classroom as a first grade teacher. My husband and I have two children who attend Des Moines Public Schools and they will both be attending Roosevelt High School this fall. The positive energy from the teachers and students at Edmunds make it a great place to be!!
Hello! I am so excited for my 10th year of teaching 4th grade! We will have a fantastic year! I love doing teaming activities and working on projects with my students. We do many hands on real life activities that prepare us for the next stage of our life!
Hi my name is Andrew Kurimski, and this will be my 6th year teaching Special Education at Edmunds. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. During my free time, I like to golf, enjoy being outside with my family, and cheer on my favorite teams (GO Cardinals & Chiefs!). Edmunds has been a great place to work and develop relationships with students, parents, and the community.
Hello!!!! I am honored to be starting my 11th year at Edmunds as a SPED. Assistant.
I love the fact that I am able to at least make a few children smile everyday.
My passion is to be able to capture as many kids hearts as possible.
Our children are our future lets help them make it bright.
Welcome to fifth grade! My name is Brooke Maxwell and teaching at Edmunds is my passion because I love our students and families. My favorite part of being a fifth grade teacher is encouraging a love for learning and watching students grow. I like passing on my love for math to students and engaging them in challenging concepts. I attended Drake University, Upper Iowa, and UNI, When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going on walks.
I am so excited to start my fifth year at Edmunds! I am looking forward to teaching kindergarten this year and getting to know all of my wonderful students.
Something I love about Edmunds is all of the different cultures we represent at our school. It is so much fun getting to know about different traditions and celebrations that other cultures have!
I went to college at the University of Northern Iowa and received my masters degree at Grand Canyon University. I became a teacher, because I love working with kids and my passion is to watch kids learn and grow. This is currently my 6th year teaching at Edmunds Elementary and I love it . A few of my favorite things include spending time with my family and cuddling with my new baby Gus. I love baking and spending time outdoors. I enjoy gardening and playing with my two dogs, Sedar and Sage.
I am starting my 5th year as the counselor at Edmunds! I love helping students learn social-emotional skills so that they can be successful in school! At home, I have two dogs and a baby boy!
I went to college at Iowa State University. I am currently in grad school at Drake University. A few of my favorite things are yoga, being outside, trying new restaurants, traveling, and of course being around kids! One of my favorite parts about being a teacher is meeting and building relationships with students and families each school year. I became a teacher because I want to empower students and provide them with skills, support, knowledge and love to become an advocate for themselves in society!
Hey Wildcats! I am excited to start my 13th year of teaching at Edmunds as an Interventionist for 4th grade. I have always loved working with kids and I love to see that light bulb moment when you understand something that was hard for you before. You should also know that I am a proud Cyclone. I went to Iowa State for undergrad and graduate school. My husband also works at Iowa State! Let’s work hard and make this the best school year yet!
Hello! My name is Liz Reilly and this will be my 2nd year at Edmunds! I graduated from Iowa State University with my bachelors degree and currently, I am attending Upper Iowa University to earn my Intellectual Disabilities endorsement. I grew up in Ames, Iowa and recently moved to the Des Moines area. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and reading. I love teaching because I am able to build relationships with students and help them everyday.
This is my 16th year at Edmunds. I went to Grand View College where I got a degree in British Literature and Writing, Upper Iowa University is where I earned my degree in teaching, and Drake for my Master’s. I am married and have a son, Connor, who is starting 6th grade at Callanan this year. I love spaghetti and Mexican food. I have traveled to many countries around the world and will continue to travel whenever I can. I also love reading and binge watching shows on Netflix. I am a huge HAWKEYE fan and love to watch and go to the games!!!
Hello! I am so excited to begin my fourth year at Edmunds, and my fifth year teaching.
It is so fun to watch the learning and growing that happens at Edmunds each year. Every student brings something unique to our learning community. It’s what makes our community fun and diverse; one of my favorite parts about Edmunds!
Hello! My name is Lexie Stevens. This will be my second year of teaching. I taught kindergarten last year at Edmunds. I have endorsements in reading, language arts, and social studies. I have two dogs, Teddie and Tika. In my free time I enjoy playing with my dogs, cooking, being outside, and spending time with friends and family. I can’t wait for this school year and watching all of the students grow!
Hello! I’m so excited to begin a new school year! I have worked at Edmunds since 2013! I went to Grand View University for my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I also obtained my Master’s Degree at Grand Canyon University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages! I have endorsements in Reading, Language Arts, and English as a Second Language I absolutely LOVE what I do and could not imagine doing anything else.
My husband and I live in Woodward, a VERY small town northwest of Des Moines. I have two children, Ava and Wesley. We also have three dogs! My family and I enjoy spending time outdoors every chance we get. We love to go camping! I look forward to working with and getting to know all my students and their families this year!