Africa 7th

Megan Austin

7th Language and Literature / Individuals and Societies

E: megan.austin@dmschools.org

Biography

I am excited to start my fourth year at Brody to teach 7th grade Global Studies and Language Arts.  I enjoy being on our small corner of team Africa where we can grow and integrate our classes in order to connect to the world outside our four walls.  This year I'm also looking forward to welcoming a new addition to my own family, as we are expecting our first child in November!

Christina Calisesi

Individuals and Societies - 7th Grade

E: christina.calisesi@dmschools.org

Biography

I have a degree in Elementary Education and a Middle School Endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa. Last year, I completed my Master's in Education. It has been my pleasure to be apart of the Brody community for 14 years. I currently teach 7th grade Global Studies. I am a Des Moines native and this summer spent time planning my fall wedding! In my spare time I enjoy friends, family (especially my nephews Nolan and Brody), reading, traveling, and hanging out with Sophie Jo.

Davena Johnson

7th Math/Science

E: davena.johnson@dmschools.org

Biography

I am excited for a change of scenery here at Brody in Des Moines. I am native to Cedar Rapids and have been teaching there for about 10 years. I REALLY love math so I am hoping that my excitement for math rubs of on my students.  We're already off to a great start and I'm  looking forward to having a fantastic year!

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Peggy Leisz

7th Math

E: peggy.leisz@dmschools.org

Biography

I am proud to say that this is my first year teaching EVER- I am a recent grad from Drake University studying elementary education with a focus in math. I have a passion for shaping the lives of students and I cannot wait to build more bonds at Brody Middle School. I am a world traveler- having been to the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Ghana; and that makes me so excited to be a part of a school that strives to build student mindsets with a global perspective! I cannot wait to see what all we can accomplish this year.

Andrea Modglin

7th Science

E: andrea.modglin@dmschools.org

Biography

After quite some time working in the biological fields of natural resources and companion animal pharmaceuticals I made the career switch to teaching.  I am excited for my first year teaching at Brody and my second year with Des Moines Public Schools.  I am honored to be the Science Bound teacher at Brody.  I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my husband Ed and our four children.  Our favorites are campfires, riding bikes, and vacationing.  Our puppy Callie is a constant source of entertainment as well!  I am grateful to be a part of the Brody crew!

Judith Pauley

Language and Literature - 7th Grade

E: judith.pauley@dmschools.org

Class Description

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Biography

For three years I have been teaching 7th grade literacy at Brody; this is my tenth year in the district. Before joining the Des Moines Public Schools, I worked for the Iowa Department of Education and the West Des Moines Community School District. My husband and I moved to Iowa many years ago, and have raised twin sons who currently attend the University of Wisconsin Madison. In addition to our sons, we have four more “children:” two cats and two Cairn terriers keep us busy. In my spare time I love traveling, reading, and gardening. Recently, I fulfilled all the requirements to be a Master Gardener through the Iowa State Master Gardener program.

Elizabeth Treinen

English Language Learners

E: elizabeth.treinen@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, I am very excited to be in my 2nd year of teaching with Des Moines Schools.  I love teaching and learning with all of the cultures we have here at Brody! In my free time, I enjoy weekend get-togethers with family and friends as well as spending time with my boyfriend, Justin.