Student Services

Karen Buffington


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Education Experience:
B.S. in Elementary Education-Drake University
M.A. in Counseling-Valparaiso University
Endorsement in Professional School Counseling-Drake University
K-12 ESL Endorsement in progress- Drake University

Mental Health First Aid
Crisis Response
Dealing with Death and Dying
Substance Abuse and Recovery
IB – Making the PYP Happen
Responsive Classroom

Teaching Experience:
I have been a professional school counselor in DMPS for 8 years, working primarily at the elementary level.  Prior to that, I was a K-8 counselor for 4 years in another school district within Des Moines.  Before I was employed with the schools I worked as a counselor in other capacities in Indiana and Des Moines.

My hopes and dreams for students is to develop confidence and self-esteem that drives them to be independent thinkers and toward success in the future.

Erica Lueder


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Lindsey Wright

21st Century Coordinator

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