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Lorts Ms. Hannah Lorts, Hannah Wonder Years Classroom Teacher My name is Hannah Lorts and this is my first year as a Wonder Years teacher. I have several years of experience working with younger kids, but am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with my dream age group this year.� I am originally from West Des Moines, Iowa and love getting to visit my family there and in Romeo, Michigan. When I am not teaching I Enjoy painting, DIY projects, and spending time with my friends. I am so excited to see what this year has in store!� hmlorts@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/lorts.jpeg
Fox Mrs. Sarah Fox, Sarah Wonder Years Classroom Teacher I am happy to spend my 19th year of teaching with our district's littlest learners and am so blessed to be at Bowerman! My husband Josh works for Paul Mueller, loves the outdoors, and biking. Our son Kody is serving in the Navy preparing for a deployment, while his wife Zoe takes care of our three granddaughters. Our daughter Georgia, 2nd grader at Truman, loves all things pets, outdoors, and art. When I'm not teaching, I like to go on walks, read for fun, and spend time with my family. smfox@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/fox.jpg
Keffer Ms. Emily Keffer, Emily Second Grade Classroom Teacher This is my third year teaching Kindergarten and my second year teaching at Bowerman! I am originally from southern Michigan and am a huge Michigan sports fan! I moved to Missouri five years ago and love calling this place home. I graduated from Evangel University in 2016 with a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary education. I love learning new information and strive to create a positive classroom culture for each student that walks into my classroom. ekeffer@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/keffer.jpg
Block Ms. Cassie Block, Cassie Kindergarten Classroom Teacher This will be my 11th�year teaching and Bowerman has always been my home! I have spent the last 7 years in kindergarten! I have two little boys that keep me busy when I�m not at school.� Brody is in third grade this year and is always busy with baseball, basketball, or soccer.� Braiden is 4 years old and is always trying to keep up with his big brother.� I like spending time outside, reading, and watching movies.� cablock@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/block.jpg
Peterman Ms. Christina Peterman, Christina First Grade Classroom Teacher Christina Peterman spent her early childhood in Bakersfield, California. She lived a few years in Germany and attended a public German school. In 1994 she moved to Springfield and attended Kickapoo High School and then Drury University. She worked as a special education para before becoming a first grade teacher. Ms. Peterman loves to travel, but she also enjoys staying at home reading. She could live at Barnes and Noble. Her favorite foods are cheese and Nutella. cmpeterman@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/peterman.jpg
Apperson Mrs. Karen Apperson, Karen First Grade Classroom Teacher Hi!� My name is Mrs. Apperson and I am one of two first grade teachers at Bowerman.� I am very excited about all the learning and fun we will have this school year!� I am married to a teacher, have one son, three stepsons, and an adorable granddaughter.� My husband teaches history, so we travel to Europe in the summers to see old things...and I get my shopping fix!� We both love live music and enjoy going to concerts.�� klapperson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/apperson.jpg
Lewallen Mrs. Crystal Lewallen, Crystal Third Grade Classroom Teacher Hello Bowerman Families! My name is Crystal Lewallen and I am currently teaching 2nd grade. I have just finished my 13 th year of teaching at Bowerman. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and my Master�s in Elementary Administration from Missouri State University. I have been married for 13 years and we have four children; a 6th grader, 1st grader, kindergartener, and a 2 1/2 year old. We also have a 12 week old puppy. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading books, be clewallen@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/lewallen.jpg
Gitthens Mrs. Cynthia Gitthens, Cynthia Fifth Grade Classroom Teacher I am married with two grown children and a Bassett Hound, Mollie. I have been teaching at Bowerman Elementary since 2007. I love teaching children and making a difference in their lives. My husband and I love fishing and spend quality time together. cmgitthens@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/gitthens.jpg
Lemons Mrs. Hannah Lemons, Hannah Kindergarten Classroom Teacher Hello!� Let me tell you a little about me. My husband David� and I have four children. Christopher 23, William 20, Hunter 14, and Emily 13. As a family we love to joke around, go camping, floating, hiking, and anything outdoors. Our younger two children still still at home and play a variety of sports.� We also have two� dogs and two cats, and four chickens.� hclemons@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/lemons.jpg
Gibbens Ms. Tiffany Gibbens, Tiffany Second Grade Classroom Teacher I am originally from Houston, Texas. I moved to MO five years ago with my family. This is going on my fourth year with SPS, but first year as a classroom teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. I enjoy spending time with my family and my pets.� trgibbens@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/gibbens.jpg
Kleier Mrs. Michelle Kleier, Michelle Fifth Grade Classroom Teacher I am honored to be a teacher here at Bowerman and teach all these amazing children.� mdkleier@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/kleier.jpg
Loless Mrs. Rosalie Loless, Rosalie Fourth Grade Classroom Teacher I�m starting my 22nd year with SPS; my 4th year at Bowerman. I am naturally a very inquisitive person. I love learning new information and trying new things. In my teaching I strive to build positive relationships and encourage each child to grow in knowledge and in character. I am married to John Loless. Together we have 5 children and 7 grandchildren; 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. My husband and I enjoy serving together at our church, hiking and biking, and spending time with family.� rloless@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/loless.jpg
German Ms. Stephanie German, Stephanie Third Grade Classroom Teacher This will be my third year teaching fifth grade at Bowerman Elementary. I will be teaching math and writing. I graduated from MSU in 2015 with a Bachelor�s degree in Elementary Education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and baking. I especially enjoy playing with my two dogs, Sam and Gus.�I look forward to getting to know each of my students as we build strong relationships. I know we will have an amazing year of learning and growing together. smgerman@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/german.jpg
VanGorp Mrs. Lisa VanGorp, Lisa Library Specialty Teacher Mrs. Van Gorp has worked for Springfield Public Schools since 2005, serving as an English teacher and librarian at Glendale High School. In 2019, she joined the team at Bowerman Elementary. She loves supporting students and teachers in their learning. One of her passions is helping young people know the power that reading can have in changing their lives. She loves connecting students with books they love. Speaking of love, Mrs. Van Gorp has a wonderful husband, two awesome children, and a choco lvangorp@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/vangorp.jpg
Runnels Coach Michael Runnels, Michael PE Specialty Teacher I have been teaching elementary PE for the past five years here at Bowerman. Along with teaching PE in am the Head Softball Coach at Hillcrest High School. I am a graduate of Missouri State University receiving my degree in Physical Education in 2013. When I am not teaching or coaching I enjoy spending time playing sports or working out at the gym. mjrunnels@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/coach.jpg
Wildman Mr. Randall Wildman, Randall Music Specialty Teacher Randall Wildman, Vocal Music Teacher at Bowerman and Delaware. This is my 15th year in education and my 5th year teaching music with SPS. I�m from Muskogee, OK and moved to Springfield for college.� My Bachelor�s is a double major in Sacred Music and Music Education from Evangel and my Master�s is in piano from MSU. I have a beautiful wife and a 2 year-old girl so my days are busy!� I teach piano after school and also play music with the Mark Chapman Band as my alter ego. rwildman@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/wildman.jpg
Griffith Mrs. Kayla Griffith, Kayla Art Specialty Teacher My name is Kayla Griffith and I am one of the art teachers at Bowerman Elementary. I�ve taught art in Springfield for three years and taught high school art in Wisconsin for four years before that. My original degree is in social studies education, but I earned a teachable minor in art from Oklahoma Christian University back in 1989. I am a grandmother of one and mother of five. My husband and I have been married for 30 years and we moved to Springfield four years ago to be closer to family. kvgriffith@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/griffith.jpg
Mercer Mrs. Rachel Mercer, Rachel First Grade Classroom Teacher This is my third year at Bowerman and my first year teaching 1st grade. I could not be more excited! �I come from Wilder where I spent three years as a Special Ed Para.� I am originally from Massachusetts and moved with my husband to Missouri in 2014. �I have a BS in Film and Television from Boston University and a Master�s in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University.� After school, I spend my time fostering dogs and writing bios for the adoptable dogs with Rescue One. ramercer@spsmail.org
Reed Mr. Robert Reed, Robert Music Specialty Teacher rreed@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/17/reed.jpg
Fox Mrs. Sarah Fox, Sarah Wonder Years Classroom Teacher smfox@spsmail.org
Roberts Brittany Roberts, Brittany Art Specialty Teacher bmroberts@spsmail.org

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