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Howard Mrs. Dina Howard, Dina Wonder Years Teacher Hi! My name is Dina Howard. This will be my 5th year teaching Wonder Years. I have been with Wonder Years for 7 years, both as a teacher and a paraprofessional. I graduated from MSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In my spare time I love going to the lake and spending time with my husband and family. This will be my first year at Cowden. I am excited to be a part of your child's journey at Cowden! dlhoward@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Dina Howard.jpg
Molica Mrs. Tricia Molica, Tricia Kindergarten My name is Tricia Molica, and I teach kindergarten at Cowden. I graduated from Missouri State University in 1996 majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. I love teaching kindergarten, but over the years I've taught Early Childhood Special Education, I have spent many years substituting for Springfield Public Schools, and I’ve taught 4th grade at Cowden as well. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, my two sons, and my dog, Ace tlmolica@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Tricia Molica-picture.jpg
Pickett Mrs. Michelle Pickett, Michelle Kindergarten My name is Michelle Pickett. I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten this year! My degree is in Early Childhood Education. I am married with three children and enjoy spending time with my family in my spare time. mlpickett@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Michelle Pickett.jpeg
Kellerstrass Mrs. Tina Kellerstrass, Tina 1st Grade I am starting my 16th year at Cowden. I have taught first grade for all but one of those years. In that year, I taught a first/second split class. I love teaching first grade. I love to see them learn to read. Reading is my passion. I believe that every child deserves a chance to learn in their own way. In my free time, I love spending time with my family. I have three children and a wonderful husband. I also have two dogs. You can often find me reading, scrapbooking, or watching baseball. tkellerstrass@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Tina Kellerstrass.jpg
Morgan Mrs. Kim Morgan, Kim 1st Grade I have been teaching first grade since 2010, and love it. First graders are full of curiosity and excitement. I am married and have two children, Sydney and Hampton. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling. knmorgan@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Kim Morgan.jpg
Tilton Mrs. Mary Tilton, Mary 2nd Grade I have been with SPS since 2011, first teaching kindergarten, and now second grade! I absolutely love how Cowden implements the RCA methods of teaching, because our students are so engaged, love to learn by dancing and singing, and the community and culture of Cowden is unparalleled! I am so grateful to be apart of the wonderful things happening at Cowden!! mntilton@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Mary Tilton.jpg
Deal Mrs. Melani Deal, Melani 4th Grade Hi! My name is Melani Deal. This will be my 14th year teaching at Cowden. I am proud to be a part of such a great school! I am currently a 3rd grade teacher. I have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Special Education, and a certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I love the students and staff that I have the pleasure of working with every day! mbdeal@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Melani Deal.jpg
Taylor Mrs. Ashlie Taylor, Ashlie 3rd Grade I am in my seventh year of teaching at Cowden Elementary School. I taught in second grade for three years, and this is my fourth year in third grade. I have been married for four years and have a sweet two year old little boy named Christopher. When I am not at school, I am spending time with my family. I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and the RAZORBACKS! adtaylor@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Ashlie Taylor.jpg
Cook Ms. Vicki Cook, Vicki Instructional Technology/Computer Teacher I am honored to be teaching at Cowden and all the great things we are doing! I am blessed to be with these amazing kiddos again! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help! vickicook@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Vicki Cook.jpg
McConnell Ms. Melissa McConnell, Melissa 5th Grade I have been teaching since 2016. I have taught both 4th and 5th grade. I have 3 wonderful boys, Avery, Aiden, and Cooper. I am excited to be teaching at Cowden and cannot wait to see what the year brings. mmmcconnell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/20/Melissa McConnell.jpg
Butrick Mrs. Alysia Butrick, Alysia 4th Grade I have been teaching since 2003, and all but one of those years has been in 4th or 5th grade, or a combination of both. I am married and have two beautiful children, Jackson and Claire. In any rare free time I have, I love to read, shop, travel, and go to concerts. aabutrick@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/20/Alysia Butrick.jpeg
Norman Mrs. Jill Norman, Jill Librarian jnorman592@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Jill Norman.jpg
Greer Ms. Nicole Greer, Nicole Special Education Teacher nussery@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Nicole Greer.jpg
Wise-Tilton Mrs. Lori Wise-Tilton, Lori Special Education Teacher I am Laura Wise-Tilton, but most call me Mrs. Lori. I have been in education for 15 years in various roles. I have been a substitute, paraprofessional, a Behavior Technician, but by far my favorite is being a teacher! lwise-tilton@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Lori Wise-Tilton.jpg
Booker Mrs. Kaitlyn Booker, Kaitlyn Cross-Categorical Teacher I’m Mrs. Booker and this is my 9th year of teaching- all 9 years have been at Cowden! It is the BEST school to work for! ! I love it so much, my own daughter is in Kindergarten here! I teach cross-categorical special education, and I love getting to spend my days with kids of all ages and abilities! Go Reveur! kebooker@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Kaitlyn Booker.jpg
Risner Ms. Kara Risner, Kara Art Teacher My name is Kara Risner and I am the art teacher at Cowden Elementary. My art and music teachers had a profound effect on me as a child and influenced my decision to teach. The highlights of my school days were painting in art class and singing in music! I want your child to LOVE art. I truly believe art is for everyone, regardless of skill or content knowledge. My goal is to provide your child with a creative and academically challenging art experience each lesson. kerisner@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Kara Risner.jpg
Edwards Mrs. Alaina Edwards, Alaina 5th Grade This is my first year at Cowden Elementary. I am excited to be a part of the Cowden family. I am teaching technology and STEAM this year. I look forward to seeing all of the fun and exciting things the students will create as they learn. In my free time, I enjoy being outside with my family. I also love to read and cook. amedwards@spsmail.og https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Alaina Edwards.jpg
Brown Ms. Jamie Brown, Jamie Orchestra Teacher I’m Mrs. Brown, and this is my 7th year teaching, but my first year teaching 5th grade strings. I enjoy reading, making and listening to music, and taking walks with my dog and husband. jlbrown@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Jamie Brown.jpg
Phifer Ms. Lindsey Phifer, Lindsey Adaptive Physical Education Coach laphifer@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Cowden.jpg
Bartlotti Mrs. Julie Bartlotti, Julie 3rd Grade Hi! I’m so excited to be part of the Cowden community. Josh and I have 2 sons, Greyson and Cooper, and one super cute dog named Zozo. In my free time I love to watch my boys play soccer, read, and travel. jmbartlotti@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/20/Julie Bartlotti.jpg
Atkison Mrs. Madison Atkison, Madison 2nd Grade Teacher Hello! 😊 I am a second-grade teacher at Cowden Elementary. This is my second year teaching at Cowden, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else! Teaching has always been my passion but coming to Cowden and experiencing what we do with RCA inspired me to go above and beyond with everything I teach. In 2nd grade, we are constantly moving, chanting, and pushing the needle to become lifelong learners. mcatkison@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Madison Atkison.jpg
Higgins Coach Taylor Higgins, Taylor Physical Education Teacher tjhiggins@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Cowden.jpg
Emerson Mr. Brent Emerson, Brent Teacher Intern/Building Sub I enjoy working with students and giving back. I love teaching math and Project Based Learning projects. It is a privilege to be part of this great family. baemerson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Brent Emerson.jpg
Langford Mr. Denver Langford, Denver Music Teacher I am so happy to be the music teacher here at Cowden. The students here are the kind that make me excited to teach, and the staff make me feel blessed to be a part of their team. Students at Cowden are exposed to music all the time, and I love experiencing the joy of music with them and seeing the talent and creativity that each student has. djlangford@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/330/Denver Langford.jpg

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