3rd Grade

Dinah Afriyie

3rd Grade Teacher - Room 204

P: 515-242-8427 | E: dinah.afriyie@dmschools.org

Jill Gilmore

3rd Grade Teacher - Room 200

P: 515-242-8427 | E: jill.gilmore@dmschools.org


I am originally from a very small town in Iowa called Alburnett. The school I attended was kindergarten through 12th grade all under one roof so the Des Moines Public School system was very different from my personal experience. When I graduated from high school in 1986 I moved to Ames to attend Iowa State. I graduated with my degree in elementary education in 1991.

I took a detour before looking for a job teaching.  I spent almost 10 years working in the retail business until I decided my passion for teaching and working with young children was what I wanted to pursue. In 2000 I started as a substitute for DMPS which included a long term assignment in a special education classroom here at Moulton. The following year I was hired fulltime to do a job share as a first grade classroom teacher. I continued the job share position for several years until I became the parent educator with the Parents as Teachers program, working with children birth to 3 years old. A position as a title support person working with kindergarten, first and second grade followed until I went back to the classroom in 2010 as a third grade teacher. This is my third year teaching 3rd grade. I love seeing the excitement in the third graders as they are learning new things.



Kelsey Jenn

3rd Grade Interventionist - Room 202

P: 515-242-8427 | E: kelsey.jenn@dmschools.org

Patricia Johnson

3rd Grade Teacher - Room 201

P: 515-242-8427 | E: patricia.johnson@dmschools.org


I have been teaching for 25+ years. I graduated from DSU in South Dakota with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I taught in 1st and 2nd grades for 14 years in a large school district in South Dakota before transferring to Iowa. Since I have been in Iowa I have worked in the West Des Moines, Dioceses of Des Moines and the Des Moines Public Schools.In Iowa I have have taught in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th grades, as well as worked in the Title Programs.  I have spent a large portion of my Iowa career at Moulton.

Since I first began teaching, there have been many changes in education, especially in the area of technology. I am always striving to keep up with what is best for the children.

Kayla Small

3rd Grade Teacher - Room 205

P: 242-8427 | E: kayla.small@dmschools.org


I grew up in Nebraska and my family moved to Des Moines, Iowa while I was in high school. I graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 2006. I went on to attend Grand View University, GO VIKINGS! I graduated from GVU in 2012 with a BA in Elementary Education with an endorsement in math. In 2014, I returned to GVU and received my reading endorsement.

I started at Moulton in October of 2014 as an interventionist. This will be my first full year at Moulton and my first year teaching 3rd grade and I could not be more excited! When I am not teaching I like to read books, play with my dogs, and spend time with my family!