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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
Kelley Kendra Kelley, Kendra 4th Grade Teacher 4th Mann My name is Kendra Kelley and I am so excited to be teaching 4th grade at Horace Mann. Teaching is my passion and I love discovering what makes each student special. In my free time I teach fitness classes, work on my Master’s degree, and spend time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to a great year with the Horace Mann community! 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/kelley.jpg
Bradrick Kenya Bradrick, Kenya 4th Grade Teacher 4th Mann Hi, my name is Kenya Bradrick. I am excited to join the Mann community. I am beginning my 6th year of teaching. I started as an Instructional Technologist, then I've taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th. I completed my student teaching at Mann in the fall of 2017. I graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. In my free time you can find me coaching baseball and soccer with my youngest or watching my oldest son play soccer for Kickapoo. My family has generational roots h 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Kenya 2.jpg
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
Suarez Ricardo Suarez, Ricardo SPED CSS Teacher SPED Mann Ricardo Suarez will be joining Mann for his first year of teaching. Previously Ricardo was a paraprofessional for district for four years, including two years as a CSS at Mann. Ricardo is working towards a master’s degree in Special Education with an expected graduation date of December 2022. In his spare time, Ricardo enjoys watching any sport, reading a good book, and spending time with his family. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/sr.jpg
Shelangoski Angie Shelangoski, Angie 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd Mann Angie Shelangoski is excited to join the Mann community. She is a graduate of Drury University and William Woods University. Angie will be entering her 14th year in education. Her 14 years consists of experience in education, pre-k through 8th grade (with a focus in early childhood) and educational leadership. Creating an environment that fosters creativity, learning, and a school family are at the top of her priority list. Angie is married to Troy, together, they have 5 children. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/angie.jpg
Sweet Tessa Sweet, Tessa Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten 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
Heaton Candice Heaton, Candice Speech & Language Pathologist SPED 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
Perkins Lacey Perkins, 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
Pickus Maeve Pickus, Maeve 4th Grade Teacher 4th Mann Maeve Pickus is a first year 4th grade teacher. She recently moved to Springfield with her husband and their dog, Newt, in order to be closer to beautiful Ozark streams. She has a B.A. in Biology from Truman State University and completed her M.Ed. in Environmental Education at Western Washington University in 2018. In her 10 years as an educator, she has taught fieldtrip groups of all ages in the woods and creeks of Ohio and Arkansas, led summer camps and taught 3rd and 4th grades at a private 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/30/MP.png
Eaton Shelley Eaton, Shelley 3rd Grade Teacher 3rd Mann Hello, my name is Shelley Eaton. I am excited to be starting my sixth year of teaching at Horace Mann. I have taught 3rd and 4th grade. I completed my undergrad at UMKC and my master’s in education at MSU. I have been involved with Springfield Public Schools for 25 years. First, through raising my own three children and now as an educator. My husband and I have three children and four grandsons. I am looking forward to being a part of the Mann community and getting know the staff and families. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 mann photo.jpeg
McLaughlin Lindsey McLaughlin, Lindsey SPED Cross-Cat Teacher SPED Mann Good morning, My name is Lindsey McLaughlin. I recently graduated from Missouri State University with my degree in Special Education. I am from St. Louis. I enjoy hanging out with my dog, watching Georgia football, and hanging with friends. I am so excited to be teaching my first year at Mann! 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Tezza-4967.jpeg
Johnson Morgan Johnson, Morgan Librarian Specials 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 Specials Mann Kylea Burke is starting her 3rd year of teaching and her 1st year at Mann Elementary. Before coming to Mann, she taught elementary music in Jefferson City and K-12 music in Hurley, Missouri. Kylea is so grateful to get to sing, dance, play, and create with her students every day. She thinks teaching music is one of the most joyful jobs in the world. In her time outside of teaching, you’ll find Kylea at the lake, spending time with her family, or playing with her dog Will. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Mills Grace Mills, Grace 3rd Grade Teacher 3rd Mann Hi my name is Grace Mills and I live in Springfield, MO with my husband Andrew of 6 years my two step-daughters Savanna, 18 and Brooklynn, 16 and our son James, 3. We have three fur babies, two cats named Rey and Eva and one dog named Arlo. I am from California where I completed my undergraduate studies, additionally, I completed a Master’s in Education here in Missouri just before my son was born. In my spare time my family loves to be outdoors camping, canoeing etc. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Mann bio pic Mills.jpg
McTague Susan McTague, Susan Counselor Specials 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
Ellis Courtney Ellis, Courtney Principal * Administration Mann I am a Springfield native and a product of the Springfield Public School System. I studied at Missouri State University and received a Bachelors of Science in Special Education. I then received my master in Educational Leadership at Northwest Missouri State University. I worked as a Special Education teacher within the district at Weaver Elementary and Reed Middle school for 7 years. I also served in the leadership role of assistant principal at Reed before transitioning to Horace Mann. I am mar 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Courtney3.jpg
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
Watkins Tara Watkins, Tara Physical Education Teacher Specials Mann Tara Watkins has been in education for 8 years. She has been at Mann for 7 three years as the Instructional Technologist teacher. She is very excited to be the new Physical Education teacher as to this is what her degree is in! Tara is married and has one daughter. In her free time she enjoys going camping, canoeing, and playing with their family dogs Diesel and Dottie. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/30/Tara.jpg
Neal Alyssa Neal, Alyssa Site Community Liaison Office Mann My name is Alyssa Neal and I just finished up my 20th year in education at the elementary level. I have a specialist degree in educational leadership and a master's degree in counseling. I've been a recovery room teacher, K-8 librarian, volleyball coach, basketball coach, and a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teacher. This is my second year at SPS as a School Community Liaison. I'm the mom of 3 grown children and Mimi to 2 sweet babies. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Alyssa.jpg
Patton Dana Patton, Dana 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd Mann Hi! My name is Dana Patton. I’m soooo excited to be your teacher this year! My husband and I have been married 24 years. We have 3 kids and 1 son-n-law. This is my 23rd year teaching and 1st year at Horace Mann. I’m so excited to be here. I’m going to be a grandma for the first time and I can’t wait! 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/30/Dana.jpg
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
Lee Lindsey Lee, Lindsey 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd Mann Lindsey Lee will be joining the Mann team for her first year of teaching. She completed her student teaching at Mann in Spring of 2021. Lindsey graduated from Drury University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education while playing five seasons on the Drury soccer team. Lindsey’s passions outside of teaching include cooking, hiking, and being outdoors. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Bio Pic Lindsey Lee.jpg
Rogers Megan Rogers, Megan Computer Teacher Specials Mann Megan Rogers is starting her 3rd year of teaching and her 1st year at Mann Elementary. Before coming to Mann, she taught both 4th and 2nd grades in Raymore, Missouri. Megan has a passion for technology and is excited to start this new role. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/30/Megan R.jpg
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 2nd Grade Teacher 2nd 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
Henningsen Erica Henningsen, Erica Art Teacher Specials Mann Mrs. Erica Henningsen is beginning her 8th year teaching art and first year at Mann. Mrs. Henningsen loves encouraging her young artists to pursue an appreciation for and confidence in creating art! She began her career in the Columbia, MO area and has a bachelors degree from William Woods University. Mrs. Henningsen and her husband have an almost 2 year old daughter. Her favorite things are teaching and creating art and spending time with her little family, especially outdoors! 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/EH.jpg
Jackson Amber Jackson, Amber 5th Grade Teacher 5th Mann This will be my 23rd year of teaching. I have three biological kids and three bonus kids. I love to travel to watch my kids play basketball. I love to read, go swimming and watch TV. 417-523-4400 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/Amber.jpg
Daniels Kaitlyn Daniels, Kaitlyn !st Grade Teacher 1st Mann Kaitlyn Daniels graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. This will be her first year at Mann but her fourth year teaching. She student taught at Mann & loved it. She is so excited to be back. In her free time she likes to have game nights with friends & family. 417-523-4400 417-523-4495 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/kd.jpg
Sigman Brandon Sigman, Brandon Learning Coach Learning Specialist Mann My name is Brandon Sigman. I grew up in Texas County, learning the value of hard work and helping others. These things laid the foundation for my career in education. I have taught 3rd grade through 5th grade for 11 years. I am excited to be transitioning to the role of Instructional Coach and even more excited to become part of the Mann Family. I have a dog named Otis, enjoy collecting and tending to my houseplants, and nerding out about all things Harry Potter. 417-523-4400 417-523-44 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/682/BS.JPG
Felton Wendy Felton, Wendy Reading Interventionist Learning Specialist Mann Hello, my name is Wendy Felton. I have been at Mann Elementary for over ten years. While at Mann, I have taught 3rd grade, Cross Cat Special Education, and 2nd grade. I have my bachelor's degree from Drury University in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Special Reading. I enjoy baking, reading, and spending time with family. 417-523-4400 /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/30/Felton.jpg
Pickering Kati Pickering, Kati Nurse Office Mann 417-523-4400 417-523-4495
Moore Kim Moore, Kim Secretary Office Mann 417-523-4400 417-523-4495

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