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Tarrasch Dr. Rachal Tarrasch, Rachal Principal A: Administration Dr. Tarrasch is thrilled to join Holland as principal! She has a diverse educational background and has worked with many students, families & teachers throughout the world. Some of her educational experience includes teaching special education in The Bronx, NY, teaching English abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina & teaching 2nd grade at an independent school. Dr. Tarrasch is passionate about creating a safe environment, a joy for learning & helping students and teachers reach their potential. retarrasch-scholz@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/OjeoXxa.jpg
Peak Michelle Peak, Michelle Secretary B: Office Staff Mrs. Peak is the heart of Holland! She helps our building run smooth and does so with a smile. She has a passion for helping children & enjoys being a resource to many. Michelle has a green thumb & also loves to help students learn about gardening with her Green Club. mlpeak@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/peak pic 2.jpg
Wisdom Sharlene Wisdom, Sharlene Nurse B: Office Staff Nurse Wisdom is a wonderful asset to Holland! She is always there to help anyone who needs it. bswisdom@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/nurse pic.jpg
Breshears Theresa Breshears, Theresa Counselor B: Office Staff Mrs. Breshears is excited to be the Holland school counselor! She has been with SPS since 2013. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a passion for working with children and families. She is a native to Missouri and graduated from MSU. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, spending time with her pets & family. tdbreshears@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/gih5G13.jpg
Walker Katherine Walker, Katherine Teacher CA: Kindergarten Hi! I am Mrs. Walker. I started teaching at Holland in 2014 as a 1st grade teacher and for the past few years I've been a Kindergarten teacher. I like to kayak, walk, ride bikes, and enjoy the outdoors. I'm married to my husband, Michael. I have a daughter, Trinity, who is at OTC and plans to major in business administration. They are both my favorite people! I love to build classroom communities and am very excited to have lasting relationships with my students. kdwalker@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/walker pic.png
Willard Lori Willard, Lori Teacher CA: 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://i.imgur.com/BMgy5j4.jpg
Sparks Alexis Sparks, Alexis Teacher CB: 1st Grade Ms. Sparks is a wonderful 1st grade teacher! She is kind and always willing to help out. aasparks@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/sparks pic.jpg
Petry Kate Petry, Kate Teacher CC: 2nd Grade Hello! My name is Kate Petry and I have been teaching in Springfield since 2007. I started as a Reading Intervention Specialist, transitioned into 2nd grade and have also taught 1st grade. I grew up in St. Louis, but really love living in Springfield. I have two kiddos. Eli and Evie. They both attend Springfield Public Schools. We also have a cat named Miles who keeps us very entertained. Holland is a great school and I have loved working with this community. kebradshaw@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/petry pic.jpg
Kovacs Ewa Kovacs, Ewa Teacher CD: 3rd Grade This is my 19th year of teaching and 12th at Holland Elementary. I am married and I have three daughters. Maia, a black Labrador, is our beloved pet. I enjoy gardening, cooking, and experimenting with new recipes. In my free time, I like to bike, explore hiking trails, and float the beautiful Ozark rivers with my family. ebkovacs@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/8UYa4Up.jpg
Tranmer Mackenzie Tranmer, Mackenzie Teacher CE: 4th Grade My name is Mackenzie Tranmer. This will be my 2nd year teaching here at Holland Elementary. I received my bachelors in education from Missouri State University. Teaching is my passion and is something I’ve known I wanted to pursue since I was a little girl. I am just as passionate about my family. My husband, our dog, Vincent, and I spend our free time outdoors. Usually hiking, camping, or on a adventure of some sort. I love to read, bake, and take pictures. mdtate@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/zRDGtHc.png
Snyder Stalena Snyder, Stalena Learning Coach B: Office Staff 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 & music. ssnyder@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/nj453JK.jpg
Upton Stephanie Upton, Stephanie Teacher CH: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing My name is Stephanie Upton, and I was born and raised in Springfield, MO. I've been a Teacher for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing since 1995. I've been part of Springfield Public Schools since 2018, and I love being part of the Holland community. When I'm not at school, I'm typically spending time with my friends and family as well as pursuing my passions which include: reading, traveling, playing games, snuggling with my four dogs, and spending quality time with my husband and precious grandson. slupton@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/5eWkOgX.jpg?1
Baker Alli Baker, Alli Teacher CH: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing I'm Alli Baker and I'm a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. I'm going into my 3rd year of teaching here at Holland. I'm passionate about my position and love providing curriculum and communication access for our students. I'm originally from Somerset, Massachusetts and moved to Springfield 5 years ago for graduate school. I enjoy spending time with friends, outdoors, and working out. I love watching Bruins hockey and getting opportunities to go back to the east coast to visit my family. ambaker@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/yWE81mM.jpg?1
Perez Krista Perez, Krista Reading Interventionist G: Specialist Ms. Perez is a wonderful asset to Holland! kperez@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Teacher Virtual Teacher, Virtual ELL Specialist D: Special Services
Knight Dr. Angela Knight, Angela Library CG: Specialty Teachers Hello, I'm Angela Knight, Librarian. I have been teaching and learning with SPS since 2013. I attended Drury University for my teaching degree and William Woods University for my Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. My husband Cameron and I have been married for 28 years and we have two children. I love spending time with my family, reading, and gardening. Holland is a fantastic school with amazing students and families. alknight@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/Y77c8ue.jpg
Brown Jamie Brown, Jamie Orchestra CG: Specialty Teachers This is my 4th year teaching orchestra, and I am so excited to be in this role alongside the Holland team. I am passionate about music and play the flute, saxophone, violin, ukulele, and guitar often at home. I love spending time with my family at the lake, on walks, or exploring the outdoors. jlbrown@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/VjF9cHj.jpg
Wells Jessica Wells, Jessica SPED/DHH Paraprofessional F: Support Staff Ms. Jessica is a wonderful asset to Holland! jlwells@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Hartman Janelle Hartman, Janelle Visually Impaired Paraprofessional F: Support Staff Ms. Janelle is a wonderful asset to Holland! jjhartman@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Leach Scott Leach, Scott Head Custodian F: Support Staff Mr. Scott is a wonderful asset to Holland! srleach@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Stover Kay Stover, Kay Behavioral Interventionist F: Support Staff Hi. I'm Kay Stover and Holland is my favorite school in Springfield! I am the behavior tech, so if a student needs a break from the classroom, they come and see me. They have a short reset break and return to the classroom ready to learn. Our goal is to help each student be successful. kbstover@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/kay stover.jpg
Hamilton Ashley Hamilton, Ashley Paraprofessional F: Support Staff Hi! My name is Ashley Hamilton and I am the Instructional support aide para. This will be my 3rd year working with the kiddos at Holland. I enjoy being able to help support student learning while providing assistance to teachers and staff. I am originally from Hanford, California and moved to Springfield 7 years ago to get my teaching degree. I spend my time outdoors doing stuff that I enjoy such as: hiking, hammocking, camping, swimming, and playing with my rabbit. ahamilton@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/gocfNaC.jpg
Dreckman Lisa Dreckman, Lisa Interpreter CHA: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing My name is Lisa Dreckman & I have worked as an ASL Interpreter at Holland since 2015. I am married to Scott (Deaf) & we have one daughter, Elicia (CODA), who attends Willard Middle School. We have 5 dachshunds too. I am originally from Wisconsin and I love the Green Bay Packers! I moved to Missouri in 1993 to attend Evangel, CBC, and AGTS. I love working with our DHH students & the Holland team! lmdreckman@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/k20Vbas.jpg
Owen Carla Owen, Carla Interpreter CHA: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing 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. cowen@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Ross Kara Ross, Kara Interpreter CHA: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Ms. Kara is a wonderful asset to Holland! kmross@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Evans Sarah Evans, Sarah Teacher D: Special Services - Visually Impaired seevans@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Hoos Rianne Hoos, Rianne Numeracy Specialist D: Special Services rdhoos@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/rianne pic.jpg
Southard Janette Southard, Janette Technology CG: Specialty Teachers Ms. Southard is a wonderful asset to Holland! jerickman@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/janette pic.jpg
Calvert Andrea Calvert, Andrea SPED Paraprofessional F: Support Staff aecalvert@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Brannin Ashlee Brannin, Ashlee Interpreter CHA: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing ambranin@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/spybuck pic.png
Knight Allyson Knight, Allyson Library Clerical CG: Specialty Teachers Ms. Allyson is a wonderful asset to Holland & is a HUGE Harry Potter fan! amknight@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/allyson pic.jpg
Mortenson Kyla Mortenson, Kyla Interpreter CHA: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing I'm Kyla Mortenson and I've been an ASL Interpreter for SPS since 2015. My parents are interpreters, so I was fortunate enough to grow up learning sign language. I attended William Woods University in Fulton, MO and have my Bachelors in ASL Studies & Interpreting. I met my husband while in college & convinced him to move back to the Springfield area because it has always been home! We have 3 daughters together. During my free time I love being with my immediate and extended family, and singing! kjmortenson@spsmail.org https://i.imgur.com/WsNb71T.jpg
Howser Lisa Howser, Lisa Speech Language Pathologist D: Special Services Ms. Lisa is a wonderful asset to Holland! ljhowser@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Ross Austin Ross, Austin Interpreter CHA: Special Services - Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Mr. Austin is a wonderful asset to Holland! atross@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Picture1.png
Griesemer Riley Griesemer, Riley Teacher CB: 1st Grade Ms. Griesemer teacher 1st grade & is a wonderful asset to the Holland team! rngriesemer@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/riley pic.jpg
Janson Kim Janson, Kim Teacher CB: 1st Grade My name is Kimberly Janson. I moved to Springfield from Chicago to attend college in 2006. I have been with SPS for 10 years- 6 at Pittman Elementary and 4 at Wilder Elementary. I am so excited to join the team at Holland this year! I love beach vacations, spending time with my nephews, reading, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls, and teaching 1st graders. kajanson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Janson pic.jpg
Kurban Jodi Kurban, Jodi Attendance Advisor F: Support Staff Ms. Jodi is our sttendance advisor & is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Burgess Susan Burgess, Susan Teacher CC: 2nd Grade Ms. Burgess teaches 2nd grade & is a wonderful asset to Holland! slburgess@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/burgess pic.jpg
Willoughby Stephanie Willoughby, Stephanie Teacher CDA: 3rd/4th Split Hello! I have been teaching for 15 years, including some time previously at Holland as a Wonder Years teacher. I am married with two sons. In my spare time, I love working in our garden, movie nights with friends, reading and puzzles, and playing with our dog, two cats, and chickens. I am excited to return as a Hawk! smwilloughby@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/willoughby pic.jpg
Spybuck Anayla Spybuck, Anayla Teacher CF: 5th Grade Ms. Spybuck teaches 5th grade & is a wonderful asset to Holland! atspybuck@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/spybuck pic.png
Sutherland Amber Sutherland, Amber Teacher CF: 5th Grade Mrs. Sutherland is excited and honored to be joining the Holland Elementary community. She has previously taught first, fourth, and fifth grades. Mrs. Sutherland’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Teaching and additional course work in Mathematics in Elementary Education. One of Mrs. Sutherland’s goals is to create a culture and climate in the classroom that is calm and welcoming to all learners. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son, husband & two dogs. afsutherland@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/sutherland teacher pic.jpg
Daigle Ashley Daigle, Ashley School Community Liaison B: Office Staff Ms. Daigle is a wonderful asset to the Holland Team! asdaigle@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/daigle pic.jpg
Slominsky Michelle Slominsky, Michelle Literacy Coach G: Specialist My name is Michelle Slominsky, and I will be supporting Holland Elementary as a K-5 Literacy Coach. The 22-23 school year will be my 20th year in education. Over the years, I have been a kindergarten and first grade classroom teacher and have been lucky enough to support all grades K-5 through many district initiatives. I have a Masters in Reading and my Educational Specialist in Teacher Leadership, both from Missouri State University. Go Bears! I am passionate about being a voice for children. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Slominsky Headshot.jpg
Heinrichs Christina Heinrichs, Christina Learning Specialist G: Specialist Ms. Heinrichs is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Waters Teresa Waters, Teresa Social & Emotional Behavior G: Specialist Ms. Waters is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Gardner Marcie Gardner, Marcie Custodian-night F: Support Staff Ms. Marcie is a wonderful assest to Holland & helps keep our building nice and clean.
Clapp Mary Clapp, Mary SPED Paraprofessional F: Support Staff Ms. Clapp is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Bledsoe Jonathan Bledsoe, Jonathan SBC H: Burrell Mr. Jonathan is our School Based Clincian from Burrell & is a great asset to Holland!
Davis Krista Davis, Krista SBSS H: Burrell Mr. Krista is our School Based Support Service from Burrell & is a great asset to Holland!
Ames Caroline Ames, Caroline Process Coordinator D: Special Services Ms. Ames is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Cox Chris Cox, Chris Cross Cat D: Special Services Mr. Cox is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Wilson Rubecca Wilson, Rubecca DHH D: Special Services Ms. Rubecca is a wonderful asset to Holand!
Lannholm Megan Lannholm, Megan 504 Coordinator D: Special Services Ms. Lannholm is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Russell Rachel Russell, Rachel Art CG: Specialty Teachers Ms. Russell is a wonderful asset to Holland! rarussell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/Holland Hawk.png
Powell Matthew Powell, Matthew PE Coach CG: Specialty Teachers Coach Powell is excited to be part of the Holland family! This is his 10th year teaching. He is the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Glendale HS. Previously he has taught and coached at Logan-Rogersville, Gainesville and Lamar. He is married to Casey Powell and they have two daughters, Jayda (9) and Kennedy (4). mmpowell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/matt pic.jpg
Bruffett Mary Bruffett, Mary Music CG: Specialty Teachers I have taught music for many years and I have also taught 2nd, 3rd and Kindergarten! I love to teach children and I love to have fun while learning! Music is my passion and I want to pass that on to my students through playing instruments, singing and moving! I’ll see everyone in August! mebruffett@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/652/bruffett pic.jpeg
Rice Lisa Rice, Lisa Cafeteria Manager I: Kitchen Staff Ms. Lisa is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Navas Maria Navas, Maria Lead-Kitchen I: Kitchen Staff Ms. Maria is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Hill April Hill, April Cafeteria I: Kitchen Staff Ms. Hill is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Wilkinson Lindsey Wilkinson, Lindsey Lunchroom Para I: Kitchen Staff Ms. Lindsey is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Outersky Megan Outersky, Megan Director J: Prime Time Ms. Megan is a wonderful asset to Holland!
Ray Brittany Ray, Brittany Educator K: Parents as Teachers Ms. Brittany is a wonderful asset to Holland!
 
 

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