Hello and welcome to South Union! After graduating from Upper Iowa University in 2015, I made the move to Des Moines and began teaching at SU. I will be supporting multilingual learners and students who receive academic interventions this year. I absolutely love working at South Union and supporting our students and their families! I live in Norwalk with my husband, daughter, and our goldendoodle. In my free time I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I’m looking forward to an amazing school year!
Hi South Union students and families! My name is Emily Fristo and I am thrilled to be returning to SU as an academic interventionist! I am a product of the Des Moines Public Schools and graduated from Roosevelt High School. After high school, I attended the University of Iowa where I graduated with my degree in Elementary Education. Some of you know me as Emily Bogart (I got married last June!) I taught kindergarten for one year and second grade for two years here at South Union. After a year of teaching first grade in Urbandale, I am extremely excited to be coming back to SU, in a new position! South Union truly feels like home because of all the amazing students, families, and staff. I look forward to sharing my passion for reading and math with my students and watching their learn grow!
After graduating from The University of Iowa, I have taught preK, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade as a classroom teacher and have supported kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as an interventionist. This will be my 12th school year with DMPS.
My husband Luke and I have two daughters, Mara and Ava. We live in Des Moines and enjoy spending time outside traveling, running, reading, and cooking. I am thrilled to be part of the SU Team!
Hi! My name is Michelle Ludwig and this is my third year teaching Reading Recovery and being a Reading Interventionist at South Union. I spent seven years teacher kindergarten and first grade before landing my dream job of being a Reading Teacher. I love seeing students grow throughout the year and the confidence they gain from their successes. In my free time I love spending time with my husband and two kids, Charlie (6) and Mia (4), being outdoors, and running. I can’t wait to begin another year at South Union!
Hello South Union Families!
My name is Madison McNamee. This will be my sixth year of teaching and sixth year at South Union! I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. When I am not teaching, you can find me spending time with my Fiance, Brandon, our son Calum, and our two golden retrievers, Django and Aspen. I also enjoy spending my time being active outside, being with family and friends or relaxing on the couch with a good book. I am so excited to get this year started and to meet all of you!
Hello! My name is Mrs. Warner. This will be my fifth year teaching first grade. I taught my first two years in Houston, Texas before making my way back to Iowa. I am so excited to begin my third year at South Union! The students and staff make me want to be better everyday. I’m so excited to be your teacher this year- we are going to have a fantastic year of laughing and learning! Let your adventure in first grade begin! 🙂
When I am not teaching I love to spend time with my family, friends, go shopping, cook, and listen to music! Some of my other favorite things are traveling, tacos, and my dog Arlo! I cannot wait to learn more about YOU this year!