Special Education

Aida Portillo-Catalfo

SPED Associate

P: 515-242-7589 | E: aida.portillo@dmschools.org

Ben Hurley

Sped Science and Social Science Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: benjamin.hurley@dmschools.org


My name is Ben Hurley and I am a Special Education Teacher at Scavo High School. I have worked in the district for six years teaching at risk youth. I am very passionate about the work I do, making history current and relatable to a wide range of students.  I have earned a Master’s Degree from Morningside University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University. Some of my hobbies include coaching athletics, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Betty Morrow


P: 515-242-7589 | E: betty.morrow@dmschools.org


Hi, my name is Betty. I have been with the district 24 years. The last 5 with DMA/Scavo. I am doing job coaching with the kids. When I am in the building I help with interventions and filling in in classrooms.

I have been married for 30 years and have 3 kids and one grandson. In my spare time away from work I help some friends in their greenhouse and at the farmers market. I love being outside in the summer and plant flower gardens!! I also have 13 chickens. I also like to travel and spend time with family.


Claudia Steele


P: 515-242-7589 | E: claudia.steele@dmschools.org

Colleen Salomon

Sped Math Teacher

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

Deloris Gray


P: 515-242-7589 | E: deloris.gray@dmschools.org

Denise Christensen


P: 515-242-7589 | E: denise.christensen@dmschools.org

Erin Kotenberg

Sped English Teacher

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

Jenny Ross

SPED Consultant

P: 515-242-7589 | E: jenny.ross@dmschools.org


My name is Jenny Ross. I enjoy working with students and families and feel privileged to be part of the Scavo team.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing volleyball.

My motto - Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Josh Kuehler


P: 515-242-7589 | E: joshua.kuehler@dmschools.org

Julie Fitzgerald


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


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.

Kerrin Martinson

Sped English Teacher

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


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


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.

Linda Dearinger

Sped Math

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


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.

Megan Hedrington

Sped Math Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: megan.hedrington@dmschools.org


Hi! My name is Megan Hedrington, and this is my third year teaching in Des Moines. I spent my first seven years in education in various districts around Iowa, and am excited to be in Des Moines! I currently teach sixth, seventh and eighth grade special education. Working with students to achieve both academic and behavior goals is why I became a teacher. I enjoy the dynamics of the classroom, and the daily opportunity to achieve more each day. Rise Up!

Quinn Woodhouse

SPED Teacher

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


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.

Randy Botkin

Work Experience Cordinator/ SPED Transition Teacher

P: 515-242-7589 | E: randall.botkin@dmschools.org

Class Description

The Credit Center will offer a variety of courses to fit student’s academic and behavioral needs.  Students will have the opportunity to take core classes, fine arts, and elective courses in the Credit Center.  Randall Botkin focuses on differentiated instruction to meet each individual student’s needs.  The course will be offered at an accelerated pace so that the students can obtain credits and maximize their time use while in class.


I am on my 2nd go around with Scavo High School, a veteran of the Alternative Education Experience, I have spent 21 years working with a variety of students.  I earned my B.A. in 1990 from Grand View College, and graduated from Iowa State University in 2000 with an M.E. in Curriculum and Instruction.  In my free time, I enjoy long walks on the beach with my better half, Amy, shooting baskets with Fred Hoiberg and spending time with my kids (3) and friends.  GO CYCLONES.

Rhonda Rochon


P: 515-242-7589 | E: rhonda.rochon@dmschools.org

Shelia Wilson


P: 515-242-7589 | E: shelia.wilson@dmschools.org


I have been a special education associate for many years, and I have worked with elementary, middle school, and high school students.  Kids are my heart!

My husband and I have three children and three grandchildren.  We enjoy spending as much time as possible with each of them.

I enjoy crafting, and I love to sew!

I'm looking forward to working with students and making a difference in their lives this year.

Every student can learn, just not the same day, or the same way ~ George Evans