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Tew Gary Tew, Gary Principal A: Administration My name is Gary Tew.� It is truly a privilege to serve as principal of �Hawk Nation�.� I have worked for Springfield Public Schools since 1990, serving as a teacher at Holland, Mark Twain and in a teaching exchange at Greenwood Laboratory School. After completion of my Education Specialist Degree in School Administration, I served as principal at Fairbanks, Weaver/Fairbanks, Pittman, Westport Elementary and K-8 and now Holland Elementary School. gtew@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/GaryTew.jpg
Peak Michelle Peak, Michelle Secretary B: Office Staff mlpeak@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/mlpeak.jpg
Wisdom Sharlene Wisdom, Sharlene Nurse B: Office Staff I am married to Lorie and have two adult children, Katie and Bradley.� On many Saturdays, I work as a professional window washer. bswisdom@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Hunter Joel Hunter, Joel Counselor B: Office Staff jahunter@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/me.jpg
Reeves Elizabeth (Liz) Reeves, Elizabeth (Liz) Teacher C: Teachers - Wonder Years Mr. Tew emreeves@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Griffin Rebecca Griffin, Rebecca Teacher C: Teachers - 0: Kindergarten My name is Rebecca Griffin and I started teaching at Holland in 2013. I went to Carver and Kickapoo in Springfield. I went to College of the Ozarks and earned my degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis. I later earned my Master�s degree in Literacy from MSU. I am always so excited for the beginning of each school year! I love meeting families and helping my students succeed. rlgriffin@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Willard Lori Willard, Lori Teacher C: Teachers - 0: Kindergarten My name is Lori Willard. I have taught at Holland for many years and love being a Holland Hawk!� My favorite subject to teach is reading.� In my spare time, I love reading, going to the movies, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.� I have a niece that I love spending time with and a cat named Edgar that keeps me company at home.� I am excited to work with you and your child this year! lmwillard@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Johnson Katherine (Kathy) Johnson, Katherine (Kathy) Teacher C: Teachers - 1: First Grade Hi! I am Ms. Johnson. I have been teaching first grade here at Holland Elementary since 2014. I have one daughter. I also have two dogs. I like to hike and travel with my family. When I was in first grade my favorite subject was science. kdjohnson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Murphy Rachel Murphy, Rachel Teacher C: Teachers - 1: First Grade My name is Ms. Murphy and I am a 1st grade teacher at Holland. I was born in Saint Louis and moved to Springfield in 2014. I love living in Springfield, especially because of how close it is to the lake. I really enjoy being on the water and in the sunshine, but I also often take trips to different cities to visit family and friends. I graduated from Missouri State University in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education and have a passion for teaching. rimurphy@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Roepke Stephanie Roepke, Stephanie Teacher C: Teachers - 2: Second Grade Hello! My name is Stephanie Roepke and I�ve been teaching at Holland since 2016. One thing I love about Holland is that I never stop growing here. I�m originally from Kansas City�GO CHIEFS!, but have enjoyed living in the area. I graduated from MSU in 2011 and have an amazing family. My husband Reggie is a high school Art teacher at Hollister, and my precious children Hattie Mae and Leo are the light of our life! I�m excited to see what this year has in store for me and our students. saroepke@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Petry Katie Petry, Katie Teacher C: Teachers - 2: Second Grade Hi! My name is Kate Petry. I grew up in Eureka Missouri and moved to Springfield in 2007. Before I became a second grade teacher I was a Reading Intervention Specialist. I have been teaching at Holland since 2011 and love our school community. This is the best place to be! I married my husband Matt in 2007. My son Eli was born in 2011 and my daughter Evie was born in 2014. Both of my kiddos attend Springfield Public Schools and we love this district! I am grateful for the opportunity to watch Ho kebradshaw@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Pike Brenda Pike, Brenda Teacher C: Teachers - 3: Third Grade My name is Brenda Pike and I have taught at Holland since 2015. I grew up in Knoxville, IA and went to college at Evangel University and Drury University. When I am not teaching, I like to spend time with my family. I am married and have two children and six grandchildren. I also love to read, ride bikes, and spend time outdoors. bpike@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Kovacs Eva Kovacs, Eva Teacher C: Teachers - 3: Third Grade My name is Ewa Kovacs and I have been working with Springfield Public Schools since 2010. Prior to that, I worked as a kindergarten teacher in Poland, where I was born and raised. After moving to the U.S., I worked as a first and third grade teacher for Norwood Public Schools. When I am not at school, I like to garden, cook, and spend time with my family. We enjoy hiking and traveling. I love being part of Holland family, and I am looking forward to another fulfilling year. ebkovacs@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Risenhoover Christina Risenhoover, Christina Teacher C: Teachers - 4: Fourth Grade My name is Christina Risenhoover. I have been teaching in Springfield Public Schools since 2010. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and am currently teaching 4th grade at Holland Elementary. Teaching is a passion as well as a career for me and I look forward to teaching and caring for every student that enters my classroom each year. I�m equally as passionate about my family. My husband and I spend our free time with our son, enjoying the outdoors, watching movies, and visiting family. cahay@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Schmidt Cassandra Schmidt, Cassandra Teacher C: Teachers - 4: Fourth Grade My name is Cassie Schmidt and I am happy to be part of the Holland Hawks team. �I have a Bachelor�s Degree in Elementary Education from Missouri State University and as of Summer 2019 will have earned a Master�s Degree in Elementary Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Missouri. �Community is everything in our classroom. One of my priorities is creating engaging experiences that encourage kids to be excited about education. Outside of the classroom, I spend time wi cmschmidt@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Wise Rhonda Wise, Rhonda Teacher C: Teachers - 5: Fifth Grade My name is Rhonda Wise. I joined Springfield Public Schools in 2006 as a 3rd grade teacher at Westport Elementary. In 2013, I was privileged to join the Holland family, where I have taught 4th grade, 4/5 split grade-level class, and now 5th grade! I think of Holland as my second home, and enjoy participating in community activities. My husband and I got married in October of 2013, and we have one son who was born in August of 2014. I look forward to getting to know all of my students and familie rrwise@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Snyder Stalena Snyder, Stalena Teacher C: Teachers - 5: Fifth Grade My name is Stalena Snyder and I have been teaching since 2001 in multiple places both stateside and abroad.� I have been part of Springfield Public Schools since 2004 and love being part of the Holland community. When I am not at school, I am typically spending time with my friends and family as well as pursuing my passions which include pottery, reading, photography, and music. ssnyder@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Corlew Julie Corlew, Julie Teacher D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing jmbouse@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Gower Annette Gower, Annette Teacher D: Special Services - Cross Categorical Hi, my name is Annette Gower and I am in my 25th year of teaching with Springfield Public Schools. I love the Holland community and have enjoyed teaching Special Education at Holland for 19 years. The staff, students, and parents are amazing. During my free time I enjoy reading, gardening, playing games, and traveling to visit friends and family. The beach is one of my favorite destinations. I also love animals, especially cats and I am involved with a local rescue group called Watching Over Whi agower@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Collier Maribeth Collier, Maribeth Teacher/Speech D: Special Services - Speech & Language My name is Maribeth Collier and I�m the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) serving Holland (and Wilder) Elementary. I�m at Holland two and a half days a week � Tuesday morning, and all day Wednesday and Thursday. I grew up in Springfield, graduating from Kickapoo High School in 1974. I attended SMSU (now known as Missouri State), and graduated in 1979 with a B.S. in Medical Technology. (I worked for 18 years in the Microbiology Laboratory at Mercy Hospital before going back to SMSU and obtaining mcollier@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Bruce Kerri Bruce, Kerri Learning Coach D: Special Services My name is Kerri Bruce, as the Learning Coach at Holland is to provide instructional support for teachers to ensure they have the tools and confidence to meet the needs of their students. This means I work in all the classrooms at Holland and I have the opportunity to observe student work from all grade levels. I love spending time at the library searching for new books so I am always willing to suggest one for a student or help a teacher find books that align with the content they are teachin kbruce@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Flatness Rachel Flatness, Rachel Interventionist D: Special Services My name is Mrs. Flatness and I am the Reading Interventionist at Holland. I have the privilege of �helping students become better readers and writers. I love spending time with my husband, daughters, and grandchildren. I also love to read, knit, run, and cook. rlflatness@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Schick Lynn Schick, Lynn ELL Specialist D: Special Services My name is Lynn Schick. As a child, I was introduced to people from all over the world, which led to a lifetime love of languages and cultures. I am eager to use that experience to help my students at Holland and Cowden learn English and navigate American culture. In my free time, I read dictionaries for fun, knit challenging patterns, sew some of my clothes, and spend time with my family, but not always in that order. lmschick@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Risner Kara Risner, Kara Teacher/Art E: Specialty Teachers My name is Kara Risner and I am the art teacher at Holland Elementary. My art and music teachers had a profound effect on me as a child and influenced my decision to teach. The highlights of my school days were painting in art class and singing in music! I want your child to LOVE art. I truly believe art is for everyone, regardless of skill or content knowledge.�My goal is to provide your child with a creative and academically challenging art experience each�lesson. We will learn, grow, and buil kerisner@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Thao Hannah Thao, Hannah Teacher/Music E: Specialty Teachers My name is Hannah Thao, I was born and raised in Minnesota. After getting married, I moved to Springfield, MO in 2012, and I am happy to call this city home. I completed my B.A. in Music Education at Missouri State; my student teaching experience was in the Springfield Public Schools District, and I am excited to be working in a district that values and supports their teachers. Some of my favorite things include the fall and spring seasons, The Lord of the Rings, and dark coffee. htthao@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/28/hthao_headshot.jpg
Sutton Hannah Sutton, Hannah Teacher/Music E: Specialty Teachers hsutton@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Squibb Lee Squibb, Lee Teacher/Coach E: Specialty Teachers lsquibb@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Carter Katie Carter, Katie Teacher/Librarian F: Support Staff My name is Katie Carter and I began serving the students and staff of Holland and Truman Elementaries in 2016. I received a Bachelors of Education in English from Missouri State University. I have over seven years of library experience from Missouri State University Library and the Springfield Greene County Public Library, where I worked with youth of all ages and helped coordinate the Summer Reading Program. My passion for elementary students led me to the elementary school, where I teach liter klcarter@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Brown Jamie Brown, Jamie Teacher/Orchestra E: Specialty Teachers My name is Jamie Brown and I am the 5th grade strings teacher. I will be guiding 5th grade orchestra students at Holland in their musical journey with strings. I loves music, enjoy being outside, and love to read. jlbrown@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Kriebel John Kriebel, John Technologist E: Specialty Teachers My name is John Kriebel; before getting a degree in teaching, I got a degree in art. I studied computer generated art, and love teaching student how to make videos. I�ve been teaching computers at Holland since 2017. jekriebel@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Wells Jessica Wells, Jessica SPED/DHH Paraprofessional F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Carter Kali Carter, Kali Wonder Years Paraprofessional F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Owen Casey Owen, Casey Teacher/Wonder Years Art E: Specialty Teachers caseyowen@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
O'Neil Danielle O'Neil, Danielle Teacher/Wonder Years Music E: Specialty Teachers https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Leach Scott Leach, Scott Head Custodian F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Swearngin Klarissa Swearngin, Klarissa Night Custodian F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Stover Kay Stover, Kay Behavior ISA F: Support Staff Hi. I'm Kay Stover and Holland is my favorite school in Springfield.� I get to work with students who may need a little extra instruction to master a concept.� I'm also the behavior tech so if a student needs a break from the classroom, they come and see me.�� https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Strain Debra Strain, Debra Library Clerical F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Strychartz Mara Strychartz, Mara District Paraprofessional F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Dreckman Lisa Dreckman, Lisa Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Lewis Kellie Lewis, Kellie Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters My name is Kellie Lewis and I have been an educational interpreter at Holland Elementary since Feb of 2015. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In my spare time I love to dibble with different crafts. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Owen Carla Owen, Carla Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters I have been an educational interpreter at Holland Elementary since Feb of 2015. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In my spare time I love to dibble with different crafts. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Ross Kara Ross, Kara Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Cranston Chelsee Cranston, Chelsee Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters Hi my name is Chelsee Cranston and I am a sign language interpreter for Holland.� I am very passionate about providing communication for Holland�s Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students and their parents! The joy in my life outside of work is being a wife, mom, step-mom, and dog mom.� My family and I enjoy the outdoors by going to parks, swimming, kayaking, and going for walks.� They say: �Find a job you love, and you never have to work a day in your life!� The students and staff at Holland are truly a j https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Babin Danelle Babin, Danelle Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Mortenson Kyla Mortenson, Kyla Interpreter D: Special Services - Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Interpreters My name is Kyla Mortenson and I am a sign language interpreter here at Holland Elementary. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Plank Niesje Plank, Niesje Teacher/Speech D: Special Services - Speech & Language I attended William Woods University and received my Bachelors degree in ASL Studies and Interpreting. I also�have had the privilege of being involved in the Deaf community and learning sign language from a young age. My parents are both interpreters as well, so I grew up in a home that integrated the love for the culture and language of Deaf people. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the educational team for young children, while watching them grown and learn. Outside of work, I enjoy spending t https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Arving Jennifer Arving, Jennifer Lunchroom Paraprofessional F: Support Staff https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Glenn Christen Glenn, Christen Blended Learning D: Special Services - Technology My name is Christen Glenn and I have been in education since 2011. I have been a Blended Learning Specialist since 2015. Prior to becoming a Blended Learning Specialist, I taught at McGregor Elementary for three years and one year in Marionville. I am currently finishing my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from SBU. I support Hickory Hills K-8, Holland, Mann, Pittman, Pleasant View K-8, Sequiota, Choice Programs. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family.� https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
 
 

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