Woodlawn Support Staff


Crystal Abbe

Head Start Family Engagement Facilitator

P: 515-242-8424 | E: crystal.abbe@dmschools.org

Joanna Braucht

Speech Associate-McKee and Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8434 or 242-8213 | E: joanna.braucht@dmschools.org


I am a Speech-Language Pathology Associate at Woodlawn and McKee Education Centers. I just received my Bachelor's in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Utah State University. Next, I am headed to graduate school to get my Master's in Speech-Language Pathology. I have two children, Eden who is 4, and Sawyer who is 1 year. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with my friends and family.

Cheryl Cameron

Early Childhood Nurse-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8213 | E: cheryl.cameron@dmschools.org

Carmena Cataldo

Early Childhood Case Manager-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8213 | E: carmena.cataldo@dmschools.org

Laura Corkrean

Early Childhood Social Worker-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-7783 | E: laura.corkrean@dmschools.org


Angie Cumings

Administrative Secretary-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8213 | E: angela.cumings@dmschools.org

Denise Etter


P: 515-242-8213 | E: denise.etter@dmschools.org


Alma Haines

Head Start Spanish Interpreter-Welcome Center

P: 515-242-7975 | E: alma.haines@dmschools.org

Debra Huffman

ECSE Interventionist

P: 515-242-8213 | E: debra.huffman@dmschools.org


Meghan Kobes

Speech-Language Pathologist-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8213 | E: meghan.kobes@dmschools.org


Hello! My name is Meghan Kobes. I am the speech language pathologist at Woodlawn. I am a graduate of the University of Iowa and received my Master's degree from Marquette University. This is my 7th year working as a speech pathologist. I have been working with the early childhood population for 5 years. As a speech language pathologist, I have the opportunity to work with many children and their families. I enjoy working with the preschoolers as they begin a new adventure in their lives.


Alison Mason

Early Childhood Enrollment-Welcome Center

P: 515-242-7588 | E: alison.mason@dmschools.org

Kristi Moreno

ECSE Interventionist

P: 515-242-8213 | E: kristi.moreno@dmschools.org


Jana Morris

Behavior Support Teacher

P: 515-242-8424 | E: jana.morris@dmschools.org


Pam Nielsen

Administrative Secretary-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8213 | E: pamela.nielsen@dmschools.org


Beth Pattschull

ECSE Consultant-Woodlawn

P: 515-242-8213 | E: beth.pattschull@dmschools.org


Hi, my name is Beth Pattschull and I am one of the Early Childhood Special Education consultants. I have been working in Early Childhood Special Education with Des Moines Public schools since 2002. I enjoy working with this age group and seeing the excitement that learning brings each day. I feel passionate about providing children with experiences to build the foundation for later school success. I am married with two children.


Janet Riggle

Early Childhood Enrollment-Welcome Center

P: 515-242-7588 | E: janet.riggle@dmschools.org


Melissa Sambu

Instructional Coach-Taylor and Woodlawn

P: 515-323-8667 or 515-242-8213 | E: melissa.sambu@dmschools.org


My name is Melissa Sambu and I am an Instructional Coach for Early Childhood. I have worked for Des Moines Public Schools for 9 years. During that time, I have taught preschool, been a Literacy Coach, and an Instructional Coach. Prior to coming to Des Moines, I taught kindergarten for 2 years. I look forward to working with teachers, children, and families to make it a great and successful year!

Dana Tiffany

ESCE Psychologist-Woodlawn and Capitol View

P: 515-242-8213 | E: dana.tiffany@dmschools.org