Hello, my name is Carrie Burk and I am currently a 5th grade teacher at Garton Elementary. This is my third year teaching fifth grade, although I have been at Garton as an interventionist and long-term substitute teacher for five years. In 2014, I graduated from Grand View University with my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Reading and English/Language Arts.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my son, Alex, watching movies and relaxing. I also enjoy being active by playing intramural volleyball with friends and running outside (when our Iowa temperatures allow). During football and basketball season, I love cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.
I love being part of the Garton family and I cannot wait to see how much our students grow this year and in the years to come.
Hello, my name is Jaime Griffin and I am a 5th grade teacher at Garton Elementary. This will be my first year teaching for the Des Moines Public School District. I am entering my 14th year of teaching in which 11 years were in the Saydel district teaching 4th grade for 6 years, and 5th grade for 5 years. Prior to that I taught 5th grade for 2 years in Max, ND. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and Reading Endorsement from Minot State University in Minot, ND in 2004 and I earned my Master’s Degree in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University in 2013. In addition to being a classroom teacher I was also an Instructional Coach/Teacher Mentor for 7 years in the Saydel District.
When I am not in school you will find me watching Netflix, reading, taking lots of walks outside, playing with my 2 cats Binkers and Milo, and this fall I will be heading to ISU often to see my son Ethan perform with their marching band.
I love teaching and learning and I know this is going to be a fantastic year!
Hello, my name is Marissa Orr and I am currently a 5th Grade teacher at Garton Elementary. I have spent most of my teaching career in 5th grade at Garton. I attended Upper Iowa University and received a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Reading and English. I am currently pursuing my masters degree at Drake University.
I enjoy being outdoors, reading books, and spending time with my family and friends. In my free time, you will find me relaxing on the couch with my husband Bryce, my step-son Drake, and our two cats Tilly and Autumn.
This is going to be a great year!
Hello, my name is Sydnie Wohlert and this is my first year at Garton Elementary as well as my first-year teaching 5th grade. May 2021, I graduated from Iowa State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and endorsements in Mathematics, Algebra, and Reading. I completed my practicums, student teaching, and substitute taught in DMPS over the last two years, and I am very excited to join the Garton Family!
When I am not in school you can find me reading or watching a movie. I also enjoy painting, spending time with my family, and hanging out with my cat Thor!
I can’t wait for this year!