St. Anthony Catholic School

Meet Our Staff

Ms. Jennifer Raes - Principal

Greetings everyone, I'm Jennifer Raes, your new Principal.

I have spent my career in Catholic education, gaining 20 years of experience in the classroom and nine years in administration - serving 6 years as the assistant principal at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in West Des Moines, and three years as assistant principal at St. Pius X Catholic School in Urbandale, where I also taught middle school language arts, reading, and math.

I also have experience in a sport as well, having coached two or three soccer teams each spring and fall for 22 years.

I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

I was born in Des Moines, raised in Urbandale and am a graduate of St. Pius X School and Dowling Catholic High School.

I'm very pleased to be continue my career in Catholic education here at St. Anthony's.


Darcy Swesey - School Secretary

Brenda Beyer - Guidance Counselor

Hello, my name is Brenda Beyer, the Guidance Counselor at St. Anthony School.  This is my fourth year at SAS and I am both blessed and thrilled to have the opportunity to work here with your children. Two years ago my family and I moved here from San Diego, California to be closer to my husband’s family and work.  I’ve worked in a variety of schools for 11 years in Southern California and grateful for all the experience I’ve encountered.

I graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Business Administration.  Later I acquired my Master’s degree and PPS Credential in Educational Counseling at National University.  My husband and I have two beautiful children Noah (7) and Jordana (5), both Spanish Immersion students here at SAS.

Before coming to Des Moines, I enjoyed all outdoor activities near the ocean with our children. I felt the closest to my Heavenly Father  stillness of His creations.  I also enjoy dancing with my kids and cooking in my kitchen.  I look forward to working close with all the families at SAS, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to another great year at St. Anthony School.

515-243-1874, ext. 216

LaRissa Harrell - Cafeteria Director

Nancy Chiodo - Office Volunteer

Mark Paris - Business Manager

A registered member of St. Anthony Parish since 1999, I have been the Business Manager since 2008. Our family has a long association with both the parish and school.  I and my wife Gia (St. Anthony School graduate) were married at St. Anthony’s and both of our children (James and T.J.) attended St. Anthony School.