1st Grade

Jessica Anderson

1st grade

P: 515-242-8409 | E: jessica.anderson@dmschools.org

Class Description

Welcome to First Grade! My name is Jessica Anderson and I'm so excited to be joining the South Union team. I grew up in Ohio, attended college in Utah, and ended up in Iowa for my husband to attend Des Moines University.  I've previously taught 4th grade and preschool, and am very much looking forward to teaching 1st grade this year.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy painting, photography, piano, music, and traveling. My goal is to help each child have a positive educational experience, and to form a partnership with parents to help each student grow!

Please follow our year of adventures on Instagram @MrsAnderson1stGradeSU

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!

Bailey Hume

1st grade

P: 515-242-8409 | E: bailey.hume@dmschools.org