Instructional Support

Angie Bates

Special Education Associate

E: angie.bates@dmschools.org

Jen Coffey

Speech Therapist

E: jennifer.coffey@dmschools.org

Biography

 

 

 

 

Melissa Dohlman

K-2 Intervention

E: melissa.dohlman@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi!  My name is Melissa Dohlman, and I teach Reading Recovery and Reading Intervention at Wright.  This is my first year at Wright Elementary, and I am loving it!  I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004. This is my 12th year of teaching, and I have spent my years teaching Reading Recovery, 1st and 2nd grade.  I have a passion for literacy and hope that it shows in my teaching, and encourages my students to have a passion for literacy as well.  I am married to a middle school teacher, and we have four children- ages 10, 8, 5, and 2.  I don't seem to have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I love watching the Hawkeyes, reading, and being a "dance mom".

 

Kathleen Hentges

Special Education Associate

E: kathleen.hentges@dmschools.org

Barbara Hogan

Counselor

E: barbara.hogan@dmschools.org

Biography

 

Hello! My name is Barbara Hogan and this is my second year at Wright. I have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) and a Master's degree in Counseling from Drake University. I grew up in Des Moines and have been with DMPS since 2012. My husband Michael and I have a one year old daughter, Georgia, and are expecting our second child early this spring! We have two dogs, Duke and Zen, and a cat named Bruce. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors. I am looking forward to a great year!

 

 

Courtney Jensen

Instructional Coach

E: courtney.jensen@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! My name is Courtney Jensen and I am so excited to be Wright's instructional coach! I joined the Wright team in 2012 and have since taught fourth and fifth grade. Wright Elementary is such a special place and I love being a part of this amazing community! I'm from Iowa City and I have my B.A. from The University of Iowa (Go, Hawks!). I am also pursuing my Masters degree in Literacy Education from UNI. When I am not at school I can be found running, cheering on the Hawkeyes, reading, and hanging out with my chocolate lab, Lola.

Twitter:  @JensenFab5th

Jennifer King

Special Education Teacher

E: jennifer.king@dmschools.org

Tammy Kline

Gifted and Talented Teacher

E: tamara.kline@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello to the families at Wright Elementary. Although this is my first year as the Gifted Education Consultant for Wright Elementary, this is my fourth year in gifted education. I have taught in Des Moines Public Schools for 25 years primarily in third and fourth-grades. I also taught Title reading and math. Before coming to Des Moines, I taught fifth and sixth-grades in Pleasantville. I graduated from Iowa State University and received a Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University.

My husband and I have three children and we love to spend time outdoors.

I look forward to working with the students, staff and families at Wright Elementary.

 

 

Erica Rugama

Special Education Teacher

E: erica.rugama@dmschools.org

Biography

Twitter:  @ericarugama

Heather Saville

Special Education Teacher

E: heather.saville@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi! My name is Heather Saville. I joined the Wright Elementary team in 2011 after spending two years in Waukee as a special education associate. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in coaching. I am currently working on obtaining my master’s degree in Special Education from Morningside College. We recently adopted a black lab puppy named Remy who keeps us very busy! I am the Varsity Basketball Cheer coach at Norwalk High School.  In my free time, I like to run, read and spend time with my family and friends.  I also spend a lot of time at the race track, in Knoxville, where my husband races sprint cars.

Twitter:  @MrsSavilledmps

 

Sonja Wastvedt

Interventionist

E: sonja.wastvedt@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello!  My name is Sonja Wastvedt.  I am the Reading and Math Interventionist at Wright Elementary.  I moved to Des Moines in 2013 from Pennsylvania where I taught for 10 years.  During those years I taught Gifted and Talented, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades and was a Literacy Coach.  Previously,  I taught 3rd and 6th grades in North Carolina and 1st grade in Montana.  My undergraduate degree is from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and my Masters degree as a Reading Specialist is from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.  I have also lived in Rochester, New York and Lolland, Denmark.  I am married and have 3 children.  In my free time I like to garden, swim, read, cook and play my harp.

Twitter:  @wrightreader