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Katherine Baker

Second Grade Teacher

Hi!  My name is Katie Baker.  I began teaching for Des Moines Public Schools in 2000.  I taught 2nd grade for many years and currently teach Kindergarten.  I’m married and we have two teenage daughters.  I love gardening indoors and out, spending time with family, and have a passion for reading. Looking forward to another fantastic year at Samuelson.

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!

Jennifer Havens

1st Grade Teacher

Hi! I’m Jennifer Havens.

This is my first year teaching first grade and I am super excited to be at Samuelson. I’m married to Steven and we have a son, Wesley, and a yappy dog named Crash. Let’s make this a magical 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.

Addison Masters

ELL

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.

Carrie Weers

Counselor

Hello! My name is Carrie Weers and I am the professional school counselor at Samuelson Elementary. I am very excited about working with all the students at Samuelson and would welcome the opportunity to visit with you also. I will be in your student’s classroom for a 30-minute classroom guidance lesson every other week. I also will be working with small groups and individuals. Reach out if you need any community resources as well. My job is to ensure that your student has everything they need to be successful at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at (515) 242-8441 or email me at: carrie.weers@dmschools.org.

Hang Nguyen

Special Education Associate

Kaitlyn Van Kley

4th Grade Teacher

Diane Conzemius

1st Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Diane Conzemius. I have been teaching at Samuelson for 10 years. I previously taught kindergarten and preschool. I graduated from Upper Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood and reading. I also, have a Master’s in Differentiated Instruction from Graceland University.

My husband and I have seven grown children and eight grandkids. Last year we moved to Des Moines from Ames. I love spending time with my family, gardening and supporting the Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings. A priority for me is to build good relationships with my students and their families.

Tina Hall Rahbusch

Special Education Associate