Karen Kay Bartelson, 43, of Blencoe, Iowa, has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. All are misdemeanors.
Her next court appearance is Aug. 20 in Onawa.
Authorities found the items in Bartelson’s purse on July 21 at a residence in the 22000 block of Dogwood Loop in Onawa, according to a complaint and affidavit.
Bartelson was listed as a fourth-grade teacher at Central Elementary School on the West Monona Community School District’s website.
A woman who answered the phone at the district offices Tuesday morning confirmed that was Bartelson’s position, but said she could not comment on Bartelson’s employment status.
District superintendent Lyle Schwartz could not immediately be reached for comment.