Kindergarten

Crystal Holsapple

Kindergarten Teacher

E: crystal.perez@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Crystal Holsapple and this is my 3rd year at McKinley Elementary teaching Kindergarten! 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, read, count and add in math, we learn about our community and so much more.

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 and our adorable cockapoo, Hazel! We love taking walks and traveling down to the family farm. I can't wait for another fun school year and if you have questions please feel free to email me at crystal.holsapple@dmschools.org.

Stephanie Wright

Kindergarten Teacher

E: stephanie.wright2@dmschools.org

Biography

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.

Links

Here are a few websites the students use at school to practice their reading and math skills:

www.starfall.com

www.abcya.com