Counseling

Supporting Student Development

The DMPS School Counseling program supports the development of all students through a classroom guidance curriculum that focuses on academics, personal/social development, and career readiness. Counselors also focus on student support during individual student planning meetings as well as small group interactions that respond to the needs of students in a particular school.

Counselors provide system support by participating in activities at their school and by providing professional development upon request. Counselors advocate for all students and develop programs that help students live successfully in a diverse and global world.

Topics included in classroom guidance lessons include personal safety, friendship and cooperation, bullying, bias and harassment, career readiness, study skills and transitions from elementary to middle school as well as middle school to high school.

Students in grades 8-11 learn about their interests and pathways to achieve their academic and career goals through I Have a Plan Iowa under the direction of school counselors. Small groups focus on improving attendance, social skills, study skills, self-esteem and on setting goals for a successful future.

Three elementary programs (King, Madison and Brubaker) earned the RAMP designation (Recognized ASCA Model Program) awarded by the American School Counseling Association. In addition, DMPS counselors are regular contributors to the Iowa School Counselor Association State Conference and are called upon to advise local and state agencies on policies related to childhood and adolescent developmental issues.

DMPS counselors are professionals who hold a master’s degree and Iowa licensure in school counseling.

Secondary Counseling Coordinator

Amy Abler

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-8314 | E: amy.abler@dmschools.org

Elementary Counseling Coordinator

Heather Korte

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-7717 | E: heather.korte@dmschools.org

Student Support Coordinator

Meredith Dohmen

Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
P: 515-242-8508 | E: meredith.dohmen@dmschools.org