Hi! My name is Chris Andrews. I am so happy to be a third grade teacher at Samuelson! I have been teaching for 31 years. My journey with the DesMoines Schools started in 2001. I have taught Reading Recovery, first grade, and most of my years have been spent as a Reading and Math interventionist in grades K,1,2, and 3. I am married to a Norwalk High School teacher. He also coaches football. I have two adult children. My son works for Youth Emergency Shelter Services in Des Moines. My daughter is a preemie baby nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital. I love flower gardening, traveling, reading, water aerobics, and walking my dog. I am truly excited about working with third graders and the tremendous staff at Samuelson.
Hi! My name is Leah Sengbusch. I am so proud to be a part of Samuleson! I have been a teacher with Des Moines Public Schools since 2007. I have taught both 3rd and 4th grade during my career. I received my teaching degree from Iowa State University in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Language Arts. I am always excited for new learning opportunities and growing as a teacher. I am certified in Level 1 and 2 for the International Baccalaureate Program and have been to training’s for Responsive Classroom and Project Based Learning just to name a few. I am always looking for new opportunities to learn. I hope to pass on my passion for learning to my students, as well as, showing them that mistakes are awesome opportunities to help us grow.
My husband and I enjoy spending time with our 3 year old son and our new infant daughter. I love camping, riding motorcycles, cooking, walking our dog, and watching movies.
Hello, my name is Patricia Williamson and I am beginning my 32nd year of teaching elementary school with 23 years being in the Woodlawn/ Samuelson neighborhood. I take great pride in knowing that I have played a part in making Samuelson Elementary the best elementary school in Des Moines. I truly love my job and have put a great deal of my time into educating the children in this network. I am a graduate of Iowa State University and have stayed connected to the University by collaborating with them to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities (STEM) into my classroom. I have one daughter who is finishing her final year in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University. She was a former soccer player at ISU as well. I am an active member in my church at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines. I enjoy flower gardening, yard work, reading, long walks and family. I believe relationships are very important to establish and hope I can build a lasting relationship with your child and with your family this school year that will last my lifetime.