1st Grade

Laurie Barnes

1st Grade

E: laurie.barnes@dmschools.org

Shelly Baxter

1st Grade

E: shelly.baxter@dmschools.org


Welcome to 1st grade!  My name is Mrs. Baxter and I am so excited to have your child in my class this year.  I have been teaching in the Des Moines Public School District since 2000.      

My teaching career began at Iowa State University where I earned my B. S. degree in elementary education with an endorsement in the area of reading.  I received my M. A. degree in education from Viterbo University.   

When I am not at school, I spend my time with my family.  My husband and I have two daughters.  I stay very busy being a mom and attending my kids’ activities.  We also have a crazy dog named Brady.   

I look forward to becoming a partner in your child’s education.  First grade is a wonderful year for student learning.  By year end, you will be amazed at your child’s growth!  

If you have any questions at any time, please feel welcome to contact me at shelley.baxter@dmschools.org.  I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. 



Deborah Bordenaro

1st Grade

E: deborah.bordenaro@dmschools.org

Ann Finch

1st Grade

E: ann.finch@dmschools.org


Hi!  Welcome to First Grade. My name is Ann Finch and I have been a teacher at Morris since 2004. I taught kindergarten for 14 years and joined the first grade team in 2017.  I completed my Masters in Literacy through Graceland University and have a BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading, English and Language Arts.

I have been married since 2004 to my husband Charlie. We have 3 children Wyatt, Scarlett and Violet. My family and I reside in the Pleasant Hill area with our two dogs Buster and Crixus. We enjoy fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

I love teaching and look forward to working with you and your child this school year. If you have any questions, please email me at ann.finch@dmschools.org.

Kristi Sexton