1st Grade

Emily Gibbens

1st Grade

P: 515-242-8409 | E: emily.gibbens@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi there! My name is Emily Gibbens, and I teach first grade here at South Union Elementary. I was born and raised in the Des Moines area and attended Des Moines Public Schools as a child. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University. I am also endorsed in Reading and Language Arts. In addition to teaching, I also enjoy reading, cooking, improv comedy, music, dancing, and making memories with my family. It is my mission to give all students opportunities for success and experiences that will develop a love of learning. I am excited for a fun year!

Follow our learning adventures on Twitter @MsGibbensSU.

Meredith Hicklin

1st Grade

P: 242-8409 | E: meredith.hicklin@dmschools.org

Biography

Welcome to the 1st grade Frog Pond! My name is Meredith Hicklin and I am excited to work with the students and families of South Union. Throughout the years I have taught K, 4th and 5th grade, but 1st grade is where my heart is. I grew up and graduated from Urbandale and moved on to Iowa State University. My family and I enjoy sports, especially football. My goal is to work along with parents to help each child reach their maximum potential both in and outside the classroom!

Lori Pope

1st Grade

P: 515-242-8409 | E: lori.pope@dmschools.org

Biography

Hello! I am Mrs. Pope and it has been my pleasure to work with the students, parents and staff at South Union for many years!

My family consists of my husband and two adult sons who keep our lives immersed in various projects including event photography, sports and music. We are also busy with two dogs and a garden. My favorite extra curricular activities include visiting the lake/boating, cooking, reading and getting together with friends and family.

I am looking forward to another year of exciting growth, both socially and academically as I work together with my students and their families!

Thank you for sharing your child with me!

~ Mrs. Pope