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Ackerman Lauren Ackerman, Lauren SPED CSS Teacher SPED Mann 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Burrows Katie Burrows, Katie SPED Cross-Cat Teacher SPED Mann Katie Burrows has been a teacher for 11 years, all as a Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher at Horace Mann Elementary. �Katie enjoys helping all her students reach their fullest potential and build their confidence in learning.� In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her niece and nephew. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Carabello Jayme Carabello, Jayme 3rd Grade Teacher 3rd Mann Jayme Carabello is currently in her sixth year as a teacher at Mann. She has spent her entire teaching career as a 3rd grade teacher and revels in the importance of this transitional year. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education in 2013 from Missouri State University and is currently working on a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with TESOL certification. She spends most of her free time with family (chasing her two year old around), singing in the church worship band, and 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Carson Danielle Carson, Danielle 4th Grade Teacher 5th Mann Danielle Carson has been working for Springfield Public Schools for 10 years. This will be her 6th year teaching 5th grade at Horace Mann. Ms. Carson is working on her Masters in Educational Technology and is a Blended Learning Mentor for the school. She loves her two dogs. Ms. Carson has a passion for reading, Missouri State Bears, and Disney. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Clark Michele Clark, Michele 1st Grade Teacher 1st Mann Michele Clark has been teaching for 20 years. �This is her 19th year teaching first grade at Horace Mann Elementary. Michele has her Bachelor's Degree (1998) and Master's Degree (2003) in Elementary Education from Evangel University. ��In her free time, you can find Michele at a soccer field supporting her two sons as they play club soccer for Sporting Springfield Soccer Club. �Michele shares her life with her husband, Mike, two sons, Zach (14 and a freshman at Kickapoo High School) and Nathan ( 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Dake Michael Dake, Michael Assistant to the Principal Mann Michael Dake has been the Asst. to the Principal 2 years at Jeffries, Weaver and Williams.�� He taught 8 years total spending time in Aurora, Ozark, and at Weller Elementary. �Michael Dake taught 5th, 6th, and 3rd grade.� He went to Missouri State for his undergraduate degree and masters, and working to complete his specialist in Superintendency.� Michael Dake loves baseball and to do things outdoors with is 3 sons and wife.� 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Duncan Holli Duncan, Holli SPED CSS Teacher SPED Mann Holli Elswick has been in education for 2 years. She has been at Mann for both of those years as a CSS (Communication, Sensory, Socilization) teacher. Holli is currently working on her master degree through Missouri State University. Holli has one son and in her free time enjoys going to the lake and spending time outdoors.� 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Felton Wendy Felton, Wendy SPED Cross-Cat Teacher SPED Mann Wendy Felton has been in education for seven year. She has been Cross Categorical Teacher for four years. Prior to becoming a Cross Categorical Teacher, Wendy taught third grade for 1 year. At her first year at Mann Wendy started out as Paraprofessional and then towards the middle of that year she was places as the teacher to finish out the year as a second grade teacher. Wendy is currently working on getting her Master�s Degree in Reading. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family a 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Fox Paige Fox, Paige Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Mann Paige Fox is a first year Kindergarten teacher. She completed her schooling at Missouri State University and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education in December of 2017. Paige has wanted to be a teacher since she was in Elementary school herself and is very excited to begin her teaching career at Horace Mann Elementary! In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga and spending time with her family. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Heaton Candice Heaton, Candice Speech & Language Pathologist Speech Mann Candice Heaton is beginning her second year as the Speech Language Pathologist at Mann. She graduated from MSU with her Masters in Communication Science Disorders in May of 2017. �She and her husband have been married for 20 years and has 5 children.� She enjoys playing sports, reading and being with her family.� 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Hemphill Lacey Hemphill, Lacey 1st Grade Teacher 1st Mann Lacey Hemphill graduated from MSU with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in December of 2012. She has been working at Mann since early 2013. This will be her first year teaching first grade. Prior to teaching first grade, Lacey taught 3rd grade for 3 years, CSS for 1 year, and was a paraprofessional in the CSS classroom for 1 � years. In her free time Lacey enjoys shopping and spending time with family. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Hoos Rianne Hoos, Rianne 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd Mann Rianne Hoos has been a classroom teacher for 10 years. She obtained her bachelor�s degree in elementary education and master�s degree in educational leadership from Creighton University (Omaha,NE). Rianne taught in Omaha for 5 years before returning to her hometown of Springfield. �She has been with Springfield Public Schools for 5 years. This is Rianne�s fourth year teaching second grade at Mann. In her free time she enjoys traveling to places near and far, reading, quilting, scrapbooking, and 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Eaton Shelly Eaton, Shelly 4th Grade Teacher 4th Mann 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Johnson Lamesha Johnson, Lamesha 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd Mann LaMesha Johnson has been in education for 14 years. She has been at Mann for 14 years as a first and second grade teacher. LaMesha obtained a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri. �In her free time she enjoys reading, attends plays, watching movies and spending time with her two dogs Tia and Princess. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 .jpg
Johnson Morgan Johnson, Morgan Librarian Librarian Mann Miss Johnson started at Mann Elementary as a 4th�grade teacher before becoming the library media specialist for Mann and Bissett Elementary where she taught for the past 3 years. This year she will be joining the team at Portland. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays she will be teaching the students at Mann, while on Wednesdays and Thursdays she will be teaching at Portland. Miss Johnson enjoys traveling and scuba diving but can most often be found lost in a good book. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Lyons Gus Lyons, Gus 3rd Grade Teacher 3rd Mann Gus Lyons is set to begin his third year as a third grade teacher at Mann. He attended Mann as a student from K-5th grade and counts himself very lucky to have the chance to teach at his home school every day. Gus graduated from Missouri State University in 2015 with his Bachelor�s in Education and previously served as a paraprofessional at Campbell Elementary. He spends the majority of his free time playing with his son Hudson, watching TV, and playing video games. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Burke Kylea Burke, Kylea Music Teacher Music Mann 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Wood Kara Wood, Kara 3rd Grade Teacher 3rd Mann 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
McTague Susan McTague, Susan Counselor Counselor Mann Susan McTague is the School Counselor for Horace Mann Elementary.� She has been a counselor since 2005, having served at Portland and McGregor Elementary before becoming a Mann Eagle in 2017. �When not at school, Mrs. McTague enjoys reading, crafting, watching high school basketball and other sports, and spending time with her husband and their two sons, Beckett and Lucas. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Payne Brittany Payne, Brittany Principal Principal Mann Brittany Payne has been in education for fourteen years.� She is beginning her third year as Principal at Horace Mann Elementary.� Prior to becoming the Principal here, Brittany served as the Assistant Principal at Hickory Hills K-8, Assistant to the Principal at Jeffries and Wilson�s Creek and taught fourth and fifth grade in Ozark. Brittany is currently working on her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from SBU.� In her free time, she enjoys time with her husband and Jack Russell Terri 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Post Brian Post, Brian 5th Grade Teacher 5th Mann A native of Springfield, Mr. Post graduated from Missouri State University in 2002. He began teaching at Horace Mann in 2004. Classroom updates on Facebook: (this is a private group, request membership by clicking �Join� to the right under the picture) 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Sweet Jason Sweet, Jason PE Coach PE Mann Jason Sweet has been in education for fifteen years. Along with teaching P.E. at Mann, he also serves as assistant baseball coach at Kickapoo High School. Jason has been married to his beautiful wife Tessa for three years and they have a two year old daughter named Norah. In his spare time Jason enjoys hunting, playing golf, and spending time with his family. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Sweet Marilyn Sweet, Marilyn Occupational Therapist Occupational Mann Marilyn has been an Occupational Therapist since 1997 and beginning her career with Springfield Public Schools in 2000. �Pediatrics was always her desire during the OT educational experience at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In her spare time she enjoys working on projects around the house and planting flowers in the yard. �Plus she actually loves mowing the yard which allows time to think and plan the upcoming week or future activities without any interruptions! She has 2 adult children 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Sweet Tessa Sweet, Tessa 1st Grade Teacher 1st Mann Tessa Sweet has been in education for seven years.� She began her career in education as a paraprofessional at Horace Mann Elementary in a CSS classroom. She soon became the teacher in the CSS classroom for two years.� After two years in the CSS classroom, Tessa decided to teach first grade at Horace Mann Elementary.� She is currently beginning her fifth year teaching first grade.� She has a bachelor�s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University and is also certified in special 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Thomas Maria Thomas, Maria Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Mann Hello!� My name is Maria Thomas and this is my 22nd year of teaching.� I have taught 4th, 5th, 1st, 2nd, and now kindergarten.� I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the first grade and I still LOVE my job and coming to work each day. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my husband and kids and cheering on Mizzou. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
McConnell Emily McConnell, Emily 5th Grade Teacher 5th Mann Emily McConnell has been teaching for 21 years and has been at Mann for 14 of them!� Prior to teaching 5th�grade at Mann, Mrs. McConnell has taught 1st�and 2nd�grade at Williams Elementary and also at Mann.� She enjoys spending time with her husband and four children and is often seen at Kickapoo sporting events.� Mrs. McConnell became a teacher because she loves watching her students grow and flourish each and every new school year.� Her very favorite thing is seeing her students at Middle Scho 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Waddell Becky Waddell, Becky 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd Mann Becky Waddell has been teaching for 19 years.� This will be her 13th�year at Horace Mann Elementary.� Becky has had the opportunity to teach 2nd-5th�grades.She grew up in Springfield and attended Immaculate Conception Elementary, Pershing Jr. High, and graduated from Kickapoo High. Becky graduated with a Bachelor�s of Science in Elementary Education in 2001 from Drury University. She has been married for 15 years to Bryan.� They have two daughters, Bailey (22) and Megan (12).� Becky has a son in 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Watkins Tara Watkins, Tara Instructioanl Technologist Instructioanl Mann Tara Watkins has been in education for 4 years. She has been at Mann for 3 three years as the Instructional Technologist teacher and is the Mentor for Digital Citizenship. Understanding the importance of coding, she started a Robotics club where all kids get to learn and have fun. Tara is married and has one daughter. In her free time she enjoys going camping, canoeing, and playing with their family dog Diesel. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Williams Katie Williams, Katie Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Mann Katie began her teaching career in 1996 in Iowa. � She has taught ECSE, second grade and kindergarten. �Katie knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a teacher. Katie enjoys seeing and experiencing life through children's eyes. �To her there is no better job than beeing a teacher. ��In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family. �Her and her husband have 2 daughters. �Bella will be a Freshman at Kickapoo and Gabby will be in 6th grade at Cherokee.� 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Wrinkle Laura Wrinkle, Laura 4th Grade Teacher 4th Mann Laura Wrinkle always wanted to be a teacher. She started at the age of 7 - rounding up the neighborhood kids for "school." Laura has taught in the district for almost 20 years. She credits her third through sixth grade teachers for instilling a love of learning in her. Laura believes in building relationships with her students. She encourages them to do and be their very best. Above all, Laura uses laughter and downright silliness at times, to bring learning to life for her fourth grade st 417-523-4400 417-523-4495

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