Hello! My path to Moulton has come by way of having earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Buena Vista University and a Master of Social Work from my hometown college, the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I spent *just a few* years working in community mental health and substance use before stepping into the world of school social work and I couldn’t be happier to serve at Moulton this year.
I began my career as a mathematics teacher in the special education department at Theodore Roosevelt High School in August 2014. My passion for special education came from the 11 years I worked at Camp Sunnyside where I ran the Respite program. For three years at Roosevelt I created innovative ways to meet students’ needs and close the opportunity gap, resulting in several students being able to end their services in the area of math. Following my time there, I spent four years as an Instructional Strategist Coach for special education mathematics, supporting all five comprehensive high schools in DMPS as well as district wide programs. I strive to find ways to make school work for every student and love to network/collaborate to come up with new and innovative strategies to meet individual needs.
This is my second year at Moulton, and my second year as a counselor. I used to be a 5th grade teacher in a small district, but decided I wanted to work in a setting with more kids. I have always been passionate about mental health, especially in children, so I got my degree in school counseling and was accepted for a position at Moulton. I love that I get to spend my day working with amazing kids and families, and supporting them in mental health and general wellness.
I am a speech pathologist for DMPS that serves both Moulton and River Woods this year. I have 3 children …. One lives in LA CA, one in Boston and my youngest just moved to Chicago. In my spare time I love to read, go to movies and spend time with friends. I am an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in West DesMoines. This is my 3rd year at Moulton and I love the students and staff and am so happy to be here!!
I was born and raised on the north side of Des Moines, and am a daughter of SE Asian refugees. My role as the Community School Coordinator at Moulton is to serve our students, staff and neighbors living and working in the neighborhood that helped shape me. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and mass communications, I worked in radio advertising in Omaha, NE, Denver, CO and Des Moines. I transitioned my career to the nonprofit sector in 2018 where I oversaw culturally-specific programming for youth of color, which led me to my current role at Moulton. My passions include social equity, community stability and youth empowerment.