St. Anthony Catholic School


Welcome to 4 Year Old Preschool

Kari Howard
4 Year Old Preschool Teacher

Office Phone: 515-243-1874, ext. 221
Email:  khoward@stanthonydsm.org

Denise Vasey
4 Year Old Preschool Associate

Hello! My name is Kari Howard, the 4 Year Old Preschool teacher. This is my 16th year teaching at St. Anthony’s. I taught 8 years of Kindergarten and this is my 8th year of teaching 4 Year Old Preschool. I graduated from University of Northern Iowa with Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Special Education.

My husband and I have live in West Des Moines with our three kids (Amelia, Pete and Cordelia).  We are members to Sacred Heart and our children attend school there as well.    I enjoy reading when I get a quiet moment, walking, and attending sports activities for my kids.   

I look forward to working with you this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me throughout the year if you have questions or concerns. 




My associate is Denise Vasey.  This will be her 20th year teaching preschool at Saint Anthony's.   Denise and her husband have 4 children, Jacob, Hannah, Zachary, Nate, and 1 grandson, Colt.  All four are proud graduates of Saint Anthony's and her grandson attends school here as well.    She is a wonderful asset to our program with a lot of hands on experience.   She has her Child Development Associate (CDA) license and her Para-Educator license with an Early Childhood and Special Needs endorsements.