Third Grade

Katherine Feuerbach

3rd Grade Teacher

E: katherine.feuerbach@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to Fourth Grade! My name is Katie Feuerbach, and I am incredibly excited to teach at Wright Elementary! I am an Iowa City native-- Go Hawks!-- but I love it here in Des Moines. I previously taught third grade in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years, and I taught fifth grade at Edmunds Elementary (DMPS) last year. I graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN with my elementary education degree and an emphasis in Language Arts. I also played Division II softball there as a pitcher/infielder for all four years. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing sports, traveling with my family, exercising, and coaching softball for Hoover High School. Fun fact: I have a twin sister who's also a coach/teacher for Des Moines Public Schools! I look forward to a fun-filled year of learning with your student(s) at Wright!

 

Alica McElvain

3rd Grade Teacher

E: alica.mcelvain@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, my name is Alica McElvain.  I teach second grade at Wright Elementary School.  I have been teaching in Des Moines for over twenty years.  I received my bachelor’s degree at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.  I am married with two sons.  Our oldest son attends Iowa State University.  Our youngest son is in 10th grade at Lincoln.  On the weekends and throughout the summer I am busy being a spectator at all of my son's sporting events.  I enjoy reading and working in my yard and flower gardens.

 Twitter:  @AlicaMcelvain

Penny Waddingham

3rd Grade Teacher

E: penny.waddingham@dmschools.org

Biography

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.