My name is Jill Burke and I am honored to be the principal of South Union Elementary. Here at South Union we are committed to create and foster an environment, where all children feel safe and have access to high quality instruction, so they can cultivate positive change for our school and community. At South Union the staff builds meaningful relationships with students to ensure an amazing elementary experience for ALL. Students will see many staff members in classrooms, hallways, on the playground and in the lunchroom getting to know your children throughout the year.
Prior to South Union, I was the principal at Howe Elementary, just down the road. I have also been a Dean of Students at Monroe Elementary and Assistant Principal in Arizona. I hold a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Iowa State University and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. I began teaching in 2002, in a rural community outside of Des Moines. I have worked as an elementary school teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal in Buckeye, AZ, before arriving at DMPS.
I live in Urbandale, Iowa with my family, Jon (husband), Tyler (7th grader), Mya (5th grader), Landon (3rd Grader), and Emery (Pre-School).