I am originally from a small town in Western Iowa. I initially went into the military after high school, then received my BA in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University. This is my 4th year at South Union Elementary and my 17th year with Des Moines Public Schools. I am married with two sons who keep us busy running to soccer and different activities. My hobbies include hunting, fishing (anything in the outdoors), reading, painting, and just hanging out with my family.
My Name is Mrs. Sparks and this is my sixth year at South Union (15th year teaching)! You might recognize me as being a 4th grade teacher in the building, but I’m moving up to Fifth grade this year and am really excited! I graduated from Central College (Go Dutch!)with a background in early childhood, reading and special education. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have a wonderful daughter (12 years old) and son (8 years old) together. They talked me into getting a puppy, named Hampton, a few years ago, and he has become a loving part of our family as well.
I was born and raised in Arizona, but have settled in Iowa because of the wonderful people I have surrounded myself with. I have a passion for teaching and making a difference in the lives of children. Once my student, always my student. I love seeing where life takes my amazing students. When I’m not at South Union, you could probably find me at home drinking iced coffee and spending time with my family. I also enjoy watching movies, being outside in warm weather (especially on the lake or beach), gardening and cooking/baking. I live a life fueled by positivity, laughter and kindness! I can’t wait to find out what fuels your life!
My name is Samantha Sweet and this will be my 3rd year teaching! I graduated from Simpson College in 2018 (Go Storm!) with a double major in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies! I have endorsements in Math, Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. This will be my 3rd year at South Union as a 5th grade teacher. I love working with 5th graders and seeing their growth as they are ready to branch off to middle school.
I grew up in Perry, Iowa and Perry has a special place in my heart. My first language is Spanish and I love to help others whenever I can! In April, my partner and I got a Labradoodle puppy named Luna and she is the light of our lives. In my free time I love taking Luna on walks and watching Netflix.