1st Grade

Emily Benson

1st Grade Teacher

P: 515-242-8429 | E: emily.benson@dmschools.org


Welcome to first grade! I grew up in Urbandale and attended Urbandale High School. I then graduated from Central College with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I have a reading endorsement. This is my second year teaching.  I love playing soccer, reading, being with friends and family, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. I am so excited to work with your child this year.

Hopes and Dreams: I hope that every student in my classroom fall in love with learning and strive to be the best they can be each and every day.

Chloe King

1st Grade Teacher

E: chloe.king@dmschools.org


Welcome to 1st Grade! This is my second year teaching.  I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University.  I am also endorsed in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading.  In my spare time I enjoy being with family and friends, reading, and going to sporting events.  I am very excited to be working with your child this year at Park Avenue!

IB Trainings: Making the PYP Happen

Hopes and Dreams: My hope is to engage all of my students and help them reach their fullest potential.

Beth Thede

1st Grade Teacher

E: beth.thede@dmschools.org


College(s) attended:  Des Moines Area Community College,  Northwest Missouri State University, Graceland University

Highest Degree Earned:  Masters



IB Training(s): Introduction to the PYP, Collaborative Planning


Years of Experience:  36   (took two years off to be a stay at home mom)

Years at Park Avenue:  8


Original Hometown:  Waukee

High School Attended:  Waukee High School