Support Staff

Kerri Biondi-Morlan

Speech

P: 515-242-8409 | E: kerri.biondi-morlan@dmschools.org

Biography

I attended the University of Northern Iowa for both my undergraduate and graduate education. I received a B.A. ('95) in Communicative Disorders and a M.A., in Speech Language Pathology ('97). I love my job as a Speech Language Pathologist for Des Moines Public Schools. I believe in the mission of our professional organization (American Speech and Hearing Association) "Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all."

My husband and I live in Des Moines with our three children. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking, volunteering and attending my children's activities. I am also a founding partner and board member of the non-profit organization, Healthy Birth Day.

Sara Brown

SPED Consultant Coordinator

P: 515.242.8409 | E: Sara.Brown@dmschools.org

Amara Sama

Success Worker

P: 515.242.8409 | E: Amara.Sama@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi students and families, welcome to South Union Elementary.  I am the Success Case Manager here.  This will be my second year at South Union.  As the Success Case Manager, I get the opportunity to meet and work closely with families in and outside of the school to ensure each child's needs are being met.  I am excited for the new school year and look forward to meeting and working with new and returning students.

Facts about Me:

-Went to middle school and high school in DMPS (May Goodrell Middle School, and East High)

-Iowa State Grad, (Go Cyclones!)

-Oldest of 7 siblings (All Boys)

-In my free time I enjoy working out, hanging out with my family and friends

-Love learning and reading about new things.

Carlyn Schultz

Success Worker

P: 515-242-7236 | E: carlyn.schultz@dmschools.org

Biography

 

Madison Sweet

Mental Health Therapist

E: madison.sweet@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi there and welcome to South Union! I’m Madison Jackson and this is my second year as South Union’s Mental Health Therapist. In 2013, I graduated from Iowa State University with by Bachelor of Science degree in Adult, Family, and Child Services and went on to receive my Master of Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015. Go Cyclones and Panthers! I currently live in Norwalk with my fiancé, and our dog, Ava!  Outside of school, I enjoy attending football and baseball games, crafting, and spending time with my friends and family. I am so excited to be a part of South Union and I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year!

Amanda Wynia

Guidance Counselor

P: 242-8409 | E: amanda.wynia@dmschools.org

Biography

I am thrilled to introduce myself as your child’s school counselor! This is my second year at South Union, and I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful, diverse community.  As a counselor, I deliver classroom lessons to all students.  I hold small groups that focus on a range of topics, including social skills, grief, divorce, strategies for school success, anger, friendships, etc. I also conduct individual counseling sessions, collaborate with parents and teachers, and aid in crisis intervention and other various responsive services.
As a school counselor, I strive to be an advocate for every student and build quality relationships with all students, staff, parents, and community members. In order to ensure success and prosperity of all students, I believe that collaboration is imperative and that each child has the potential to succeed. I will work each day to provide students with a safe, nurturing environment where students can learn to lead more meaningful and successful lives in such a diverse, changing world.
About me: I graduated from Augustana University in 2014, with studies in Philosophy and Psychology and received a Master’s degree in School Counseling from South Dakota State University in 2016. I live in Des Moines with my husband, Brian, and our overly excitable dog, Luna.  In my free time, I enjoy yoga, walking my dog, singing in the Des Moines choral society, and spending ample time with family and friends.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions or concerns!