Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Brenda Caligiuri. I have been teaching in the Des Moines School District for the past 30 years! This is my 8th year teaching at Jefferson.
Most of my teaching experience has been in Kindergarten but I have taught first and second grades years ago. Kindergarten is such an exciting year of growth and joy of learning new things!
I received my BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa.
I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Graceland University.
My husband and I have 3 grown sons (former Jefferson students) and a new daughter in law who have all attended the University of Iowa. Go Hawks! We also have a 3-year-old Black Lab.
When not in school, you may find me walking in the neighborhood, spending time with family and friends or out shopping!
Hello! My name is Tristana Tigges and this is my 9th year of teaching. I am very fortunate that all of them have been at Jefferson! I taught special education here for 5 years before making the move to Kindergarten. Kindergarten is such a fun year of learning and growth! I went to the University of South Dakota for my undergrad degree, but also hold a Master’s Degree and an endorsement in Early Childhood. When I am not at school I love to travel and stay active with all things running, biking, and walking. I look forward to having a great year!