Literacy

Erin Kotenberg

Sped English Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: erin.kotenberg@dmschools.org

Isaac Lohmeier

Literacy Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: isaac.lohmeier@dmschools.org

Biography

Isaac Lohmeier here. 

 
I graduated from the University of Iowa in the winter of 2006. 

 
The 2018-2019 school year is my eleventh in the classroom. This is my sixth year with Des Moines Public Schools and my fifth year at SCAVO High School.
 
In my time as an educator I’ve proudly served Des Moines Public Schools, Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, and the Iowa City Community School District. Each of these memorable years contributed to my passion for teaching and having a positive effect on youth.  Throughout my career I’ve taught a wide range of courses at different grade levels.  I was also a wrestling and soccer coach for part of my career.
 
In my spare time I enjoy biking, camping, the outdoors, and playing music.
 

Kerrin Martinson

Sped English Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: kerrin.martinson@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Kerrin Martinson and I teach English on the special education team. This is my first year teaching and I am excited to Rise Up as a part of the Scavo family!

I graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I have endorsements in 5-12 English, Instructional Strategist II BD/LD, and ELL. I am currently working towards Instructional Strategist I and 5-12 reading endorsements.

I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, and giving back to my community through various service based projects. I am very passionate about urban education and all of the opportunities that it can provide our students.

 

Laura Saunders

Sped English Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: laura.sauders@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been a teacher for 30+ years and this is my 16th year in the district.  I have been married 31 years and have 2 boys and 1 grandson.  I love to work in my flowers and spending time with my family.

Quinn Woodhouse

SPED Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: quinn.woodhouse@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, my name is Quinn Woodhouse and I have been teaching full time since 2015. Prior to this I substitute taught for 2 and a half years in Des Moines. I graduated from Grand View University in 2012. I am currently working on my Masters at Morningside College. I enjoy reading and woodworking. I teach special education English and I am excited to have a great year.

Renee Williams

English Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: luvenia.williams@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, my name is Luvenia Renee Williams.  I was born and raised in Des Moines and I am a graduate of Des Moines East High School.  In continuing my education, I also have an English degree from Drake University and a Secondary Education degree from Grandview University.  I love to read and watch movies, and in my spare time, you can find me spending time with my family and friends.