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Michelle Lippold

Food Service Coordinator

Gregory Halterman

Special Education Associate

Rachel Venard

4th Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Rachel Venard-Konchalski.  I am so proud to be part of Samuelson Elementary.  I have been a teacher with Des Moines Public Schools since 2008.  I have been a substitute teacher, ELL teacher, and a 4th grade teacher.  I received my teaching degree from Upper Iowa University in Elementary with Endorsements in English/ Language Arts, ESL/ELL, Reading, Social Studies, and Middle School Education.  I enjoy learning about history, reading, and spending time with my pets.   I am looking forward to another fantastic school year.

Kaitlin Clough

1st Grade Teacher

Hi!  My name is Kaitlin Clough and I am thrilled to be teaching 1st grade at Samuelson Elementary!  I grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa and then attended Iowa State University for my undergraduate degree.  In May of 2017 I graduated from Drake University with a Masters of Science in Education degree.  I previously taught 2nd and 1st grades for the Marion Independent District, before moving to Des Moines where I live with my husband Ben and our dog, Ginny.  I love to spend time with my family and friends, bake, watch movies, and go out to eat at new restaurants!  I love working with children and helping them grow emotionally and academically, so please know that I look forward to coming to work each day to help them do exactly that!

Alonzo Hall

Custodial Staff

Bayley Anshutz


Welcome to Samuelson! My name is Bayley Anshutz. This is my fifth year teaching kindergarten at Samuelson. I love watching the kindergartners learn and grow throughout the year! I received my bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Go Cyclones! I have endorsements in reading and math.  When I’m not at school I love to travel with my husband Frank, garden, spend time with my family and friends, try new restaurants, and go for walks with my dog Mookie. I look forward to working with the youngest members of Samuelson Elementary!

Mireille Golfbuff

Success Worker

Hi, my name is Mai Golbuff and I am the SUCCESS Case Manager here at Samuelson Elementary School.  I have been a case manager for over 20 years and have been with the District for 17 years.  What the SUCCESS Program is all about…. helping students and their family in making connections with home & school, helping students learn to ask for help and making good choices.   I grew up in Des Moines but currently live in Polk City with my husband and two children.  I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends and attending all their activities and sporting event.  I look forward to having a successful year at Samuelson.

Carrie Weers


Hi.  My name is Carrie Weers.  This is my 24th year in the Des Moines Public Schools.  I started with Des Moines Public Schools in 1995. I have worked at McCombs Middle school as a 6th grade Reading and Math teacher, and served as a school counselor at Park Avenue and River Woods Elementary.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education including a Minor in Mathematics, and Reading and Coaching Endorsements.  I received my Master’s Degree from Drake University in Elementary School Counseling.   I live with my husband and two daughters who are 16 and 19.  I love to spend time at my daughters’ activities, boating, and reading.  I look forward to working with your student and family.

Jaclyn Brees

Instructional Coach

Hello!  I feel honored to have the privilege of working with the staff and students at Samuelson Elementary School.  I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Central College and my master’s degree from Drake University.  I started my career at Southeast Polk School as a Special Education teacher and then as a 6th grade classroom teacher.  I came to Des Moines Public Schools as an Instructional Coach.  I have worked at Brubaker Elementary, Smouse Opportunity School, and Samuelson.  I live with my husband and two children.  I enjoy being outside, yoga, movies, and books.

Thway Thaw

Bilingual Community Outreach