Fifth Grade


Penny Waddingham

5th Grade



Hi, my name is Penny Waddingham.  I'm so excited to be joining the Wright team.  This is my first year with DMPS.  Previously,  I taught a combined class of 3rd/4th graders at a private school.  I earned my degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and just completed my reading endorsement from Morningside College.  My husband Scott and I have two girls.  Our youngest is in fifth grade and our oldest in entering her junior year of high school.  In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, cooking, and reading.  I looking forward to fantastic year at Wright Elementary.



Betty Wolfe

5th Grade Teacher



Hello Wright community! I am teaching 5th grade this year. I have been a teacher with DMPS for 25 years, 11 of those were classroom teaching in 4th grade and two years in 5th. The last 14 years I have taught reading, writing and math to students and worked closely with teachers in my former school communities of Longfellow and Carver.

Wright is an amazing school with great students, teachers, staff and principal! Outside of teaching, I am a native of Des Moines, married for 34 years with two sons, a daughter-in-law and a wheaten terrier named Winnie.

Twitter:  @Wolfemath