3rd Grade

Chelsea Arthur

2nd and 3rd Grade Core Teacher

E: chelsea.arthur@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Drake University- pursuing Master's Degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction
  • Iowa State University- Minor in Child/Adult Family Services and a Social Studies Endorsement
  • Drake University- Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement

Teaching Experience

  • 2nd/3rd grade Teacher at River Woods- 1 year
  • Substitute Teacher for Des Moines, Urbandale, and Johnston School Districts- 6 months

Family/Hobbies

  • I live in Des Moines with my husband, two dogs and one cat.  In my free time, I enjoy drinking endless amounts of coffee, getting together with friends and family, cooking and have movie and pizza nights with my husband.

Stacey Hanson

3rd Grade Teacher

E: stacey.hanson@dmschools.org

Joy Leibfried

3rd Grade Teacher

E: Joy.Leibfried@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Upper Iowa University- Bachelor's in Elementary Education
  • Endorsements in Reading and Language Arts

Teaching

  • 3rd Grade at River Woods- 1 year

Hobbies

  • I enjoy volunteering for The Fence Project of Des Moines: We strive to help dogs live an unchained life with their family.  I love spending time with my husband and pet family as well as fishing, camping, and traveling.

Zipporah Smith

3rd Grade Teacher

E: zipporah.smith@dmschools.org

Biography

Education

  • Drake University- pursuing Master's Degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction
  • Iowa State University- Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Teaching Experience

  • River Woods Elementary- 12 Years
  • Des Moines Public Schools- 13 Years

Family/Hobbies

  • My daughter and I enjoy doing anything outside.  We especially love riding our bikes, hiking, and swimming.

Shelby Suits

3rd Grade Teacher

E: shelby.suits@dmschools.org