ELL

Andrea Kastorff

ELL

E: andrea.kastorff@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello, I’m Andrea Kastorff, and this is my third year teaching English Language Learners in Des Moines Public Schools and my first year at Greenwood Elementary School. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health and endorsements in teaching English as a Second Language, Physical Education, and coaching. As a life-long learner of culture and language, I have spent summers in Dakar, Senegal and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. These summers were full of teaching English, building relationships with locals, and experiencing life in places where I must learn a new language to survive. It has given me a deeper understanding and empathy for the transitions our English Learners and their families experience every day. In addition to travel, I enjoy running, reading, experiencing the many diverse things Des Moines offers, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to joining the Greenwood team this year and serving our students and families!