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Thomas Gwen Thomas, Gwen Secretary Office
Snodgrass Alexa Snodgrass, Alexa Nurse Office Nurse Alexa is a Central High School alumni, and went to nursing school at OTC. She 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. pics/Alexa.jpg
Becker Victoria Becker, Victoria Teacher 0 - Kindergarten This is my 17th year of teaching kindergarten and my 13th year at Pittman. Kindergarten is where my heart is and even though this year may look a little different, our kindergarten year will be filled with love, laughter, fun, and lots of learning. I am originally from Orlando, Florida but I grew up as a military brat and moved around quite a bit growing up. In my spare time I love reading, watching movies, going to Chiefs games, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends.
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. 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.
Henry Cheryl Henry, Cheryl Teacher 1st Grade I taught first-grade from 2008-2017 in my home state of Nevada. In 2017 I became a Pittman Eagle as the kindergarten para and in 2018 I was blessed to get hired as a first-grade teacher. In 1989 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. I enjoy travelling and reading, but my most favorite thing to do is to spend time with my husband and my two adult children. pics/Cheryl Henry.jpg
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. 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! /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. pics/Mary Miller.jpg
Edelen Cindy Edelen, Cindy Teacher 4th Grade
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! 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. 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! 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. pics/Brittany Pic.jpg
Manke Jeanne Manke, Jeanne Teacher Special Education
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.
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. photo.jpg
Dillon Matt Dillon, Matt Teacher 2nd 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 second 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. 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.
Garrett Patrick Garrett, Patrick Physical Education Specialty
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! 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. Brurch.jpg
Popa Michelle Popa, Michelle Head Custodian Support Staff
Hanak Janet Hanak, Janet Kitchen Manager Support Staff
Custer Kandice Custer, Kandice Kitchen Support Staff
Cash Sandy Cash, Sandy Library Clerical Specialty
Chance Rachael Chance, Rachael Math Specialist Specialty Hello! My name is Rachael Chance and I am the Math Specialist for Pittman. I am so excited to meet all the Pittman families and students this year. My hope is to create a love for math for all students! This will be my 17th year of teaching and my second year as a Math Specialist. I live in Willard with my husband, Trent, and our two sons, Bennett and Rowan. We enjoy playing games together, doing puzzles and being outside together. chance.jpg
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. Kerwin.jpg
Kitchens Jeff Kitchens, Jeff EBS Para Special Education
Rudd Randy Rudd, Randy Night Custodian Support Staff
Thornsberry Ashley Thornsberry, Ashley Art Teacher Specialty
Highfill Angel Highfill, Angel Instructional Support Aide Specialty
Morgan Madison Morgan, Madison Instructional Technologist Specialty
Ray Madison Ray, Madison Music Teacher Specialty

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