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Leanne Lewis

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, My name is Leanne Lewis. I have been teaching Kindergarten for my whole teaching career because it really is the best grade! Five of those years were in England, which is where I am originally from. I love teaching, helping my students grow, and seeing all the progression they make in their first year of school. I can’t wait to help each and every one of my students develop a love for learning and to discover new interests. When I am not at school, I love spending time with my husband and son. I love to travel, spend time outdoors, and sew!

Heather Silberhorn

Title Associate

I have been an associate at Samuelson since 2017 after spending many years working in the early childhood field.  Before joining the Samuelson staff I spent a lot of time volunteering here as our children attended Samuelson and will have all  graduated from Hoover High School.  I am looking forward to another great year at Samuelson!

Tabitha Klinefeldt

Office Manager

Hello! My name is Tabitha Klinefeldt. This is my second year at Samuelson and I love the students and parents in this community!

I graduated from Lincoln within the DMPS. I’ve done many different career paths in life, including the dental field, the hairstylist world and most recently the solar industry. Each of those taught me many things but I believe working with kids and their education is what is going to be most rewarding! When I am not at work I like to spend time with my husband and my 2 children ( a 17 year old daughter and a 13 year old son). We like to go to concerts and travel to new places as much as we can. Being a competitive dance mom and a competitive basketball mom keeps me busy!

I try to stay on top of keeping parents informed as much as I can, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!

Rita Rasmussen

Kindergarten Teacher

Hello, my name is Rita Rasmussen and I a super excited to use my teaching experience with the kindergarteners at Samuelson. Working with young children is my love and passion and it is my “dream” job. It is my goal that each child entering the classroom will know that they have the potential to do great things. They will know that they are valued and loved. Let the journey of being a life long learner begin!

Alexandria Sherman

Special Education Teacher

Samantha Schmitt

Special Education Associate

Hi! My name is Samantha Schmitt, the students call me Ms. Sam. I am starting my fourth year as a special education associate at Samuelson. I love my job and getting to know the students and building relationships with them. I am currently back in college to become a teacher and can’t wait to have a classroom of my own. I am looking forward to a great year.

Samantha Hartmann

3rd Grade Teacher

I am so excited to be in 3rd grade at Samuelson.  Here is a little about me: My husband works at Iowa State at the Bio Century Research Farm. We have 2 kids, Addie and Alex.  We also have a dog named Annabelle who is a Cavachon (small, white, & fluffy).  I grew up in the Chicago Suburbs and graduated from North Central College in Naperville.

Shannon Groth

4th Grade Teacher

Hi!  I am Shannon Groth and I have been a part of this dedicated Samuelson staff since 2006.  I have taught in the Des Moines Public School district since 1992.  I graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 with a Bachelors Degree in elementary education.  I received my masters in education from Graceland in 2010.  In my free time I love traveling, reading, and spending time with my family.  Teaching, as a profession, is something I have been doing since 1990 and I can not imagine anything else I would rather be doing.

Libby Foster

Art Teacher
Libby Foster (she/her)
I graduated from Central College in 2012 where I earned a B.A. in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading, Art and Coaching. During my 10 years living in Pella, I taught and coached volleyball in Knoxville and Pella. I am excited to be the art teacher here at Samuelson! Outside of school I enjoy spending time reading, visiting with family and friends, and exploring Des Moines- parks, trails, libraries, restaurants… we have a toddler who keeps us busy!

Addison Masters


My name is Addison Masters. This is my first year at Samuelson Elementary and my sixth year as a teacher. I previously was a high school history teacher and will now be an ELL teacher that works with multilingual learners. I am very excited to be back at Samuelson Elementary! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, riding my bicycle, and listening to live music.