My name is Crystal Holsapple and I love teaching Kindergarten here at Mckinley! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the winter of 2013 and have been with the Des Moines Public School District since I started substituting.
Kindergarten has always had a special place in my heart and it is such a fundamental year for children. We learn how to work with others, members in our community, the different seasons and how important the sun is. We learn how to identify letters to become better readers. We learn how to write those letters to create words to become better writers. We learn how to count and how to use our skills to solve addition and subtraction problems. There is so much to learn in kindergarten!
Family is a huge part of my life. I grew up in the Des Moines metro area and my family is all here. My own family consists of my husband, Greg, Delaney, our 1 year old, and our adorable cockapoo, Hazel! We love taking walks and traveling down to the family farm.
I love working with our families to build a strong bond between school and home. The first teacher our students have are their loved ones at home. Let’s have a successful year and continue to build a great team working together to make a strong and successful kindergartener!
Hi, my name is Mrs. Wright and this is my 10th year of teaching Kindergarten here at McKinley. I grew up in Manchester, Iowa. It is a small town in northeast Iowa. After graduating high school, I attended Iowa State University where I studied elementary education and Spanish. I had the opportunity to travel to Spain for a summer while I was in college to study Spanish and be immersed in the culture. It was an amazing experience and I was fortunate to be able to travel around while I was there as well.
After finishing college, I completed my student teaching in West Des Moines in elementary Spanish and in Des Moines teaching first grade. When I was hired at McKinley to teach Kindergarten, I was a little nervous to be honest. I had never thought about teaching Kindergarten before. I decided I needed to accept the job and give it a shot. Here I am 10 years later and am still loving it. I continue to learn every year and grow professionally as a teacher. I am currently studying for my master’s degree in education and will finish in February with a degree in Differentiated Instruction.
Other things that keep me busy besides teaching and studying are my family, friends, and hobbies. I am married and have a three year old daughter, Charlotte, who keeps me on my toes. Charlotte’s little brother is expected to make an arrival sometime in April. We are all very excited to meet him and know Charlotte will make a great big sister.