Staff Directory

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Staff Honorific First Name Name Title Department Address Bio Phone Fax Email Photo
Thomas Gwen Thomas, Gwen Secretary Office gethomas@spsmail.org
Snodgrass Alexa Snodgrass, Alexa Nurse Office Nurse Alexa is a Central High School alumni, and went to nursing school at OTC. She recently earned her BSN from Cox College. Prior to being the nurse at Pittman, she worked at Mercy Hospital in the Burn ICU. She also works at OTC in their Practical Nursing program teaching new nurses. When she isn't working she likes to spend time with her family; doing things like watching movies (especially Disney ones), swimming, going to Cardinals games, and eating lots of dessert. arsnodgrass@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Alexa Snodgrass.jpg
Becker Victoria Becker, Victoria Teacher 0 - Kindergarten vebecker@spsmail.org
Janson Amanda Janson, Amanda Teacher 0 - Kindergarten This will be my 8th year of teaching. Six of those years have been at Pittman. I have taught K/1st split, 1st/2nd grade split, 3rd grade, and of course, Kindergarten. I absolutely LOVE teaching at Pittman! When I am not at school I enjoy baking, reading, playing with my dog, Darcy, and spending time with my family. amjanson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/727/Amanda Janson.jpg
Chism Angel Chism, Angel Teacher 1st Grade Angel Chism has been an educator for 20 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Business from Williams Baptist University. Angel then moved to New Orleans where she earned her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with certification in Early Childhood Education. Angel taught Kindergarten in New Orleans for 11 year before moving to Springfield. In 2011, she married her college sweetheart and began teaching at Pittman. Angel has taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd. adchism@spsmail.org
Henry Cheryl Henry, Cheryl Teacher 1st Grade I taught first grade for nine years in Carson City, NV before moving to Springfield. During the 2017-2018 school year, I was the paraprofessional in both kindergarten classes at Pittman Elementary. Now, I get to teach those same students as first graders. I graduated from Regis University in Denver, CO, with a BA in Sociology, and later returned to school to obtain my teaching degree from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my cahenry@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Cheryl Henry.jpg
Ceperley Karen Ceperley, Karen Teacher 2nd Grade kjceperley@spsmail.org
Sutherlin Cory Sutherlin, Cory Teacher 3rd Grade This is my 20th year with Springfield Public Schools and my 7th year being a Pittman Eagle. �I LOVE my job, and I am grateful to call each of my students my kiddos for life.� I�ve been married 8 �years to my best friend, Derrick.� Derrick is a breast cancer survivor, and we are both very passionate about spreading awareness to both men and women. �Derrick and I have two furry children.� Some might call them dogs.� Sampson is a 15 year old Schnoodle, and Lucy is a 1 year old Chiweenie.� They are cpreiser@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Cory.jpg
Vandenberg Amber Vandenberg, Amber Teacher 2nd Grade I began fulfilling my dream of teaching in 2005 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. In 2015 I moved to Missouri where I began teaching Technology here at Pittman Elementary. Last year I taught our 4th/5th grade class. I am so excited to start my sixth year at Pittman teaching our 2nd grade class! I love spending time with family(especially my 7 nieces and 3 nephews...soon to be 4), going to Cardinal Baseball games, riding horses, being outdoors in the country, history, and traveling! avandenberg@spsmail.org /cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/34/Amber.jpg
Miller Mary Miller, Mary Teacher 3rd Grade Mary Miller is a third grade teacher. Over her ten years in education she has taught second, third, and fourth grades in elementary school. She also taught Spanish to children from pre-K to eighth grade. Mrs. Miller loves to spend time with her family, to be active outdoors, and to read. She believes that education has the power to open doors. Mrs. Miller works hard to ensure her students become lifelong learners so that they can seize opportunities in their lives. marymiller@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Mary Miller.jpg
Edelen Cindy Edelen, Cindy Teacher 4th Grade ccedelen@spsmail.org
Tinney Rebecca Tinney, Rebecca Teacher 4th Grade Hello! My name is Mrs. Tinney and I have taught for SPS since 2004. I have taught a 2/3 split, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. This will be my 3rd year at Pittman. When I'm not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband, three children, and two dogs. I am also a busy swim and martial arts mom! rtinney@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/34/rebecca tinney.jpg
Brown Emily Brown, Emily Teacher 5th Grade My name is Emily Brown and this is my 16th year at Pittman. All of those 16 years have been at Pittman in 5th grade. I love my Pittman family! I grew up in Springfield and went to college at Drury University for both my Bachelors and Masters degrees. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, learning to play golf and learning to shoot skeet. ebrown@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Emily Brown.jpg
Turner Elizabeth Turner, Elizabeth Teacher 5th Grade My name is Elizabeth Turner and I am a 5th grade teacher at Pittman. This will be my sixth year teaching and I'm so thankful all of my years teaching have been at Pittman. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and spending time with my husband. We are expecting our first baby this October! I love the outdoors and hanging out with our dogs. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always willing to try something new! elturner@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Elizabeth Turner.jpg
Baker Brittany Baker, Brittany Teacher Special Education I�m Brittany Baker and this is my fourth year teaching. I was a 4th grade teacher for my first three years of teaching and now I am a Special Education teacher. I graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and minor in Special Education. I met my husband Travis while attending Evangel. I recently received my Masters in Administration before giving birth to my beautiful baby girl named Adalee. I enjoy swimming, singing, being outdoors, and binge watching Netflix. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Brittany Pic.jpg
Manke Jeanne Manke, Jeanne Teacher Special Education jfmanke@spsmail.org
Brinley Tamara Brinley, Tamara Teacher Special Education This is my 16th your in education and my 2nd year at Pittman Elementary. I was a Process Coordinator at Lebanon High School before coming to Pittman. My husband and I are raising our three grandsons ages 7, 10, and 12. My son is disabled and still lives at home. My nephew lives with us and he works at Menards. I love spending time with my family and watching the food network channel. tmbrinley@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/34/brinley.jpg
Nurnberg Debbie Nurnberg, Debbie Counselor Specialty This is Debbie Nurnberg’s 16th year as Pittman’s school counselor. Before becoming a counselor, she taught fifth grade in Affton, Missouri. One of the best compliments Debbie has received was overhearing a Pittman kindergartener tell her mother, “Mrs. Nurnberg teaches peace.” In her free time, Debbie loves gardening, hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. dnurnberg@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/727/dnurnberg photo.jpg
Dillon Matt Dillon, Matt Teacher 1st Grade This is my 13th year teaching and my fourth year at Pittman. I taught technology my first three years at Pittman to grades K - 5. Before Pittman, I taught third, fourth and fifth grade at Watkins Elementary. I am very excited to teach first grade this year! My wife and I have a five year old daughter and a two year old son. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to Missouri State basketball games, and reading true crime and mystery novels. mcdillon@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Matt Dillon.jpg
Agnew Melissa Agnew, Melissa Principal Office Melissa Agnew has been in education for fifteen years. Before becoming principal, she was the Learning coach for Pittman Elementary for four years. Prior to becoming a Learning Coach, Melissa taught in Branson for seven years and three years in Rogersville. Melissa earned her Masters in Administration from Missouri State University. She has published four books with Kagan Cooperative Learning. In her free time she enjoys exercising and being outdoors with her family. mragnew@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/34/IMG_3587.jpg
Garrett Patrick Garrett, Patrick Physical Education Specialty pagarrett@spsmail.org
Matz Manden Matz, Manden Reading Specialist Specialty This will by my 18th year as a Reading Specialist. I started my Reading Specialist career at Fordland Elementary before coming to Pittman Elementary in 2006. After 7 years at Pittman I was moved to Watkins Elementary where I have spent the last 5 years. I am excited to be working with Kindergarten through fifth grade students! mmatz@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Manden.jpg
Burch Caitlin Burch, Caitlin Speech/Language Pathologist Specialty I’m the speech-language pathologist here at Pittman. I have been the SLP at Pittman for 3 years, since graduating with my master’s degree from MSU. Outside of school, I love spending time with my husband, our son, Shepherd, and our dog, Lola. caitlinburch@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/727/Caitlin Brurch.jpg
Popa Michelle Popa, Michelle Head Custodian Support Staff mdpopa@spsmail.org
Hanak Janet Hanak, Janet Kitchen Manager Support Staff jthanak@spsmail.org
Custer Kandice Custer, Kandice Kitchen Support Staff kncuster@spsmail.org
Cash Sandy Cash, Sandy Library Clerical Specialty
Chance Rachael Chance, Rachael Math Specialist Specialty
Cornell Maggie Cornell, Maggie Cross Cat Para Special Education
Kerwin Cathy Kerwin, Cathy Librarian Specialty I have been a librarian in Springfield Public School for 20 years. I love sharing stories with children. I am married to Joe and we have 2 daughters and 2 son-in-laws along with a grand-bull-dog. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also like chocolate and John Grisham novels. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/34/Cathy Kerwin.jpg
Kitchens Jeff Kitchens, Jeff EBS Para Special Education
Kennamann Kayce Kennamann, Kayce EBS Para Special Education https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/727/kayce kennamann.jpg
Lawson Carol Lawson, Carol Instructional Technologist Specialty My name is Carol Lawson and I will be the Instructional Technologist at Pittman this coming school year. The 2019-2020 school year was my first year of teaching, I was the Technology teacher at Pleasant View. I am originally an Oregon native and moved to Springfield in 2003. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our three sons, and our dog Oliver. We love to travel, kayak, spend time family, and watch our boys play sports. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/34/Carol Lawson.jpg
Rudd Randy Rudd, Randy Night Custodian Support Staff
Thornsberry Ashley Thornsberry, Ashley Art Teacher Specialty
Bledsoe Tawassa Bledsoe, Tawassa Instructional Support Aide Specialty My name is Tawassa Bledsoe, I taught Headstart in Mississippi for three and a half years, and three years in Toledo, Ohio. I graduated from Athena Career Academy in Early Childhood Education, in 2019. This will be my first year at Pittman, since relocating to Springfield in June 2020. My husband Jerome and I have three children. I'm a lover of all things children. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, shopping, and watching movies. https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/domain/34/bio pics/Tawassa Bledsoe Badge Photo 2020.jpg
 
 

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