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Ballowe Brooklyn Ballowe, Brooklyn Kindergarten My name is Brooklyn Ballowe, and I am one of the Kindergarten teachers here at Bissett Elementary. I also currently coach softball at Hillcrest High School. I am originally from Kansas City, MO but have lived here in Springfield for most of my life. During my free time I enjoy going on road trips and traveling all over the world. I recently graduated from MSU with my Early Childhood Degree and I am excited to share my love of learning with everyone I meet! baballowe@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Ballowe2.jpg
Torres Chelsea Torres, Chelsea Kindergarten Hello! I am Chelsea Torres and I am one of the Kindergarten teachers here at Bissett. I have 11 years combined experience teaching Pre-K, K and 1st grade. I am married, and live here in Springfield with my husband, Paul, my 9 year-old stepdaughter, Kelsey, and our two wild puppies-Ellie & Ruth! In my free time I love to read, watch Netflix, and spend time with my family, preferably outdoors. You will almost always see me with a coffee in my hand and a smile on my face! Welcome to Bissett! crtorres@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Torres2.jpg
Stephens Jennifer Stephens, Jennifer First Grade I grew up in northeastern Ohio. I moved to Springfield in 2001 to attend Evangel University. After graduation, I spent 2 1/2 years as a paraprofessional for Springfield Public Schools before starting at Bissett. This is my 10th year teaching 1st grade at Bissett. When I am not at school, I enjoy traveling, reading books, and hanging out with my husband Mike and son Isaiah. I also like watching sports, especially the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians. jsstephens@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Stephens.png
Vasquez Amanda Vasquez, Amanda First Grade Hello! My name is Amanda Vasquez. Last year I was a sub in a kindergarten classroom at Bingham from November until the end of the year. This will be my first classroom of my own so I am excited and terrified. I was a non-traditional college student so by the time I graduated, I already had 3 children. I have a 15-year-old son named Caleb, an 11-year-old son named Cayden, and a two year old named Coby. In my free time I like to run, spend time with my family, and eat pizza. amvasquez@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Vasquez.jpg
Brandell Morgan Brandell, Morgan Second Grade Hello! My name is Morgan Brandell. This is my seventh year teaching at Bissett. I graduated from Missouri State University with my Bachelors of Science in Education in 2011. I'm currently finishing up my Masters in Education. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have a wonderful home in Springfield. My husband, Blake and I have a little boy, Beck. We also have a six year old maltipoo named Mia. I enjoy traveling as well as spending time with friends and family. mdbrandell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Brandell2.jpeg
Sheeley Emily Sheeley, Emily Second Grade My name is Emily Sheeley and this is my fifth year at Bissett. This is my fourth year in second grade and I love working with the students and staff in this school to do our best learning! When I am not at school, I love spending time with my friends and family, reading books, watching movies, and traveling to different places. esheeley@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Sheeley.jpg
Goss Micha Goss, Micha Third Grade mmgoss@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Goss.jpg
Ford Amanda Ford, Amanda Third Grade I live in Fair Grove with my husband, daughter and our fur son, Wrigley. I received my Bachelor's degree at Missouri Southern State University in Elementary Education December of 2010. I love going to work every day and being in education. agford@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Ford3.jpg
Martin Samantha Martin, Samantha Fourth Grade Hello! My name is Samantha Martin and I am a 4th grade teacher here at Bissett! I have been teaching since 2018 after I graduated from Missouri State University. I absolutely love teaching this age group and I am so excited to work with these kids! My husband and I live in Ash Grove with our 3 dogs, 2 pigs and lots of chickens. I enjoy being outside, traveling and doing anything with my friends and family. smhuber@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Martin.jpg
Maxwell Kerry Maxwell, Kerry Fourth Grade Hello! My name Kerry Maxwell, and I currently teach fourth grade. I graduated from Drury University in 2012 with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I have taught both third and fourth grade at Bissett. I married my husband, Eric in March of 2002. He works at Cox Health in the Human Resources office. We have two amazing children; Kaylee and Spencer. We love spending time together, one of our favorite things to do is go to the movies. I love my job as a teacher and I love my Bissett Family. kdmaxwell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/16/Maxwell.jpg
English Erica English, Erica Fifth Grade Hello! My name is Erica English! While in college, I spent some time interning in third grade at Bissett Elementary and had so much fun during it. I graduated Missouri State University in December of 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Math Education. This will be my first year teaching! I love math and completing hard challenges! My favorite things include coffee, cooking, and talking walks with my husband and our dog Millie. ericaglenn@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/16/English.jpg
Ferguson Rebekah Ferguson, Rebekah Fifth Grade Hello! My name is Rebekah Ferguson, and I am excited to teach fifth grade at Bissett Elementary. With 16 years of teaching experience at both the elementary and middle school levels, my teaching passion is motivating students to get excited about learning! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family. We love to travel and explore new places! raferguson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Ferguson3.jpg
Murr Brandi Murr, Brandi ESOL blmurr@spsmail.org
James Morgan James, Morgan Librarian Specials Teachers Book Loving, Tech Guru. Puzzle Solving, Maker Extraordinaire. New Librarian Rockstar. I’m here to help you find answers to all of the best questions. Library day is my favorite! mljames@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/16/James.jpg
Davis Caleb Davis, Caleb Art Specials Teachers I am a passionate cyclist and enjoy being surrounded by nature. I make abstract art relating to my life experiences. I value my family and the community and want to make a positive impact in the lives of people that I encounter everyday. It's my personal belief that the best is yet to come. I am excited for the coming school year and I look forward to working with the students to give them valuable learning opportunities that will be with them for a life time. cjdavis@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/16/CDavis.jpg
Buerke Julie Buerke, Julie Music Specials Teachers Julie graduated from Evangel University in 2002 with a degree in Music Education. Since then, she has taught music at Bowerman, Weaver, Springfield Option Site, and now York and Bissett. She LOVES having fun and spreading joy through music. When she’s not at work, Julie loves to be with her husband, Bob, son Owen (13), and daughter Molly (10). And of course dogs Max and Henry! jpbuerke@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Buerke2.jpeg
Huett Hunter Huett, Hunter P.E. Specials Teachers Hi. My name is Hunter Huett and I am excited to be joining the Bissett team as the new Physical Education teacher. This will be my first-year teaching and I cannot think of a better school to start my journey as a teacher. I just got married July 20th to my wife Sabrina. We live just outside of Springfield. We have chickens and 4 dogs. In my spare time I enjoy playing/watching/ and coaching sports, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors. hunterhuett@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Huett.jpg
Rogers Lori Rogers, Lori Reading Coach Title 1 My name is Lori Rogers and I am so excited to be joining the amazing staff at Bissett as a literacy coach. I have been in education 16 years; 10 years as a classroom teacher and 6 years as a Reading Recovery Specialist. I have been married for 18 years to my husband Eric and we have 3 kids. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and family game nights. I look forward to meeting all the great students, staff, and parents and working with everyone to reach great gains for all students at Bissett! llrogers@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Rogers2.jpg
Bieler Hailey Bieler, Hailey Math Coach Title 1 I am Hailey Bieler, the new Numeracy Coach. This is my 3rd year at Bissett and 11th year teaching. I have taught grades 3-8 in Alaska, North Dakota, and Missouri. I am married to my husband, Andrew, who is starting a career in education at Westport Elementary. We have a little girl named Eloise and baby boy named Bishop. I love sports especially football and basketball and going on adventures with my family. I am excited to start this new journey at Bissett and hope we all have an awesome year! hebieler@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Bieler.jpg
Morey Cari Morey, Cari Reading Interventionist Title 1 •A classroom teacher for 9 years and this will be my 3rd year as a reading specialist •Masters in Literacy, currently working on a masters and doctorate in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction (All my degrees are from Evangel) •Have three kids: Finnley, Adalyn, Lincoln •Married 10 years to my husband Stephen •From California •Love coffee, swimming, reading, and hanging out with family and friends •I am so excited to join Bissett and to empower the next generation of readers! clbernor@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/16/Morey.jpg
Kirby Tonya Kirby, Tonya Instructional Technologist Specials Teachers I am Tonya Kirby and I am originally from Mississippi. This is my 19th year in education and I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Blue Mountain College. I am married to Kevin and together we have 4 children, Anna, Logan, married to Emily, and Ian. We have 4 dogs, Marley, Scout, Sadie, and Koda. I love the St. Louis Cardinals, traveling, kayaking, crafting, decorating, Christmas, and teaching. Everyone at Bissett has been very supportive and welcoming and I feel at home here. tdkirby@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/270/Kirby.jpg

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