Math

Colleen Salomon

Sped Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: colleen.salomon@dmschools.org

Julie Fitzgerald

SPED Math

P: 515-242-7589 | E: julie.fitzgerald@dmschools.org

Biography

I spent my first 7 years teaching Special Education at Crestview Elementary in West Des Moines, where I enjoyed working with students in reading, writing, math and behavior. I truly appreciated the dynamics that young children bring to the classroom. This will be my second year at Scavo, and I'm excited to continue to teach my favorite subject, math! I love being part the Scavo family and as well as part of this full-service community school.

I graduated from Iowa State with a BS in Elementary Education with endorsements in K-8 mathematics and K-8 Special Education. Recently, I finished my Masters Degree at Grand View University in Urban Education and Teacher Leadership. When I'm not teaching, I love to travel, spend time with my cats, read and sew/quilt.
 

Linda Dearinger

Sped Math

P: 515-242-7589 | E: linda.dearinger@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi, I am Linda Dearinger.  I have been teaching in the Des Moines district for over 20 years.  This is my first year as part of the Scavo Team and I am excited for the opportunities. When I m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets.

Meagen Wahl

Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: meagen.wahl@dmschools.org

Class Description

Students will work in the Flex Lab to credit recover classes through individual assessment, group discussion, hands-on assignments, and an option of online resources. Students will focus on using mathematical operations, solving multi-step equations, and graphing.

Biography

I graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising. I am endorsed in both Family & Consumer Sciences and Mathematics. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, working on home improvement projects, visiting the DSM farmer’s market, and participating in athletic activities.

Paul Graham

Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: paul.graham@dmschools.org

Biography

I grew up just south of Des Moines in Norwalk and my family has been in that area for over 150 years. I went to college at Iowa State and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics, with a minor in Mathematics and a specialization in Secondary Education. My first teaching job was in Storm Lake, where I taught Physics and Computer Programming and was the school district’s Computer Coordinator.

I left teaching for over a decade to pursue a career in the computer industry. Primarily I was a computer technician, working mostly on all the products made by Apple Computer, but I also installed, worked on and trained people how to use just about any software, hardware or networking product.

I returned to teaching around 2005 as a substitute teacher for Norwalk Schools. I really enjoyed substituting, but in 2010 I joined Des Moines schools as a 6th &7th Grade Behavior Disorder Teacher at Weeks Middle School. The next two years I was a 6th Grade Science Teacher, then I spent 2 years as a 7thGrade Science Teacher, all at Weeks. After that I tried working for myself in Landscape Construction, but I also signed up as a substitute for DMPS to help out financially. The Landscape Construction work didn’t pan out, so in 2018 I returned to full time teaching as a math teacher at Scavo High School.