4th Grade

Jaime Leo

4th Grade Teacher

E: jaime.leo@dmschools.org



I am very excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year as a 4th grade teacher.  It is hard to believe that I am beginning my 19th year as a teacher at McKinley. The first 15 years I was a Special Education teacher working with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. I then taught 5th grade for two years. Last year, I taught 3rd grade.

I got my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with endorsements in special education and early childhood, from Grand View College (now Grand View University) in 1999. In the spring of 2016, I completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on Teaching Students who speak English as their second language from Buena Vista University.

I am married and have two children. My hobbies include reading, swimming, and spending time with my family.

Kori Williams

4th Grade Teacher

E: kori.williams@dmschools.org


Hello, and thank you for taking some time to learn more about me and what I have to offer as an educator.  To tell you a little about me, I grew up in a very small town in North Central Iowa where the land is flat and the temperatures are frigid. I attended a community school that consisted of Pre-K through 12th grade.

My first degree came from the American Institute of Business right here in Des Moines, where I received an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Communications and Public Relations. I knew this wasn't the career for me so I went back to college and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education along with certification in K-8 Reading from Upper Iowa University. I also have certification to teach Driver's Education (YIKES!!).

After a year and a half of research and writing papers, I earned my Master's Degree in Differentiating Instruction from Graceland University. When I am not at school teaching, doing lesson plans or studying, I spend time with my family and friends. I have two sons, a two year-old, 14 year-old, and a daughter, 19 that attends Minnesota State University and is studying to be a teacher.

I look forward to establishing a relationship with you and your child, ensuring that all of their educational needs are being met and fulfilled. My goal is to make sure they feel comfortable and welcome in our classroom. I will provide a classroom where all of their needs can be met and they can focus on creating memories, making friends, and learning more than they ever thought possible.

Dreams are desirable and can be achieved!


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