Hello. My name is Ms. Raquel Allende (the two LL’s make a y sound ). I began my teaching career in California several years ago. For two years I lived and taught in the beautiful Emerald State, Washington. It was Virtual fun! I’ve taught Kindergarten through 3rd grade general education. Last year, I worked with Deaf students in middle school. It was an incredible experience and I enjoyed teaching and learning with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. However, I am excited to return to elementary to work in early education. I graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a BA in Liberal Arts and from Walden University with a MA in Education. I speak Spanish and communicate in American Sign Language.
My three adult children live on the west coast with their families. I live with my adorable Yorkshire Terrier along with extended family. I enjoy being on the water and in nature. I especially enjoy taking road trips!
I hope to instill the joy of learning and to provide a safe welcoming place to learn!
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.
Hi! My name is Denine Larson. I have been a part of Samuelson since 2018 and am thrilled to be teaching first grade. My prior experience at Samuelson has been as a reading interventionist. I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s of Science Degree at Emporia State University as a Reading Specialist/Master Teacher in 2008 and Licensure for Building Level Administrator in 2016. In addition, I earned National Board Certification in Literacy in 2004 and renewed again in 2014. I have a passion for learning and work hard to instill a love of learning in my students.
I am married and have two daughters living in the Kansas City area. My husband and I moved to Des Moines in 2018 from KC where I was a Reading Specialist for 13 years. Previously I taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 7 years. We love to explore all that Des Moines has to offer, especially the outdoors. I also enjoy traveling, reading, Zumba,, spending time with family and friends, and teaching my students at Samuelson. Establishing relationships with students and families is a priority to me and I look forward to making connections as we have a wonderful school year!
Hello! My name is Denie Rew. I am so honored and proud to be a member of the Samuelson community! I have been a teacher with Des Moines Public Schools since 2003. During my career I have worked with children from birth through second grade. I received my teaching degree from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!!) in the areas of Early Childhood Education and Special Education, and have my K-6 reading specialist endorsement. I am always excited for new learning opportunities and growing as a teacher.
I currently reside in Urbandale with my AMAZING family! My family includes my husband Jason, my daughter Dennan, my son Dayne, and our two sweet pugs J.T. and Fizer. Our family loves going camping, playing sports, and watching our beloved Cyclones.
My goal is to always provide a fun, caring, and positive learning environment for every child that enters my classroom!