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Staff Honorific First Name Name Title Department Address Bio Phone Fax Email Photo
Thomas Gwen Thomas, Gwen Secretary Office This is my 5th year at Pittman. Prior to working at Pittman, I was a sub for 12 years working mostly long-term assignments in teacher and secretarial positions. I have a degree in Commercial Interior Design from SMSU (now Missouri State) which I “retired” from after my son was born. My husband is Jon and we have been married for 26 years. Our son Andrew is getting ready to graduate from Missouri S&T and start his engineering career in January. I have 2 rescue boxers and an 18 year old cat.
Murdock Julie Murdock, Julie Nurse Office I have been a nurse for 6 years. This is my first year at Pittman and I am so excited to be in a smaller school. My husband and I were born and raised here in Springfield (high school sweethearts.) I have 25 year old twins and a 22 year old daughter. I love anything outside. You can find me sitting on my front porch or out by our creek. I love animals and have 2 dogs, a cat and many chickens and ducks.
Becker Victoria Becker, Victoria Teacher 0 - Kindergarten This is my 18th year of teaching kindergarten and my 14th 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 10th year of teaching. 8 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.
Chism Angel Chism, Angel Teacher 3rd Grade Angel Chism has been an educator for 22 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Williams 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 years 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.
Sutherlin Cory Sutherlin, Cory Teacher 4th Grade I have been with SPS for 24 years, and the 2021-2022 school year will be my 11th year at Pittman. I absolutely love being an Eagle and teaching fourth grade. I graduated from SMSU in 1998 with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education. I completed my Master’s degree in 2005 attending William Woods University. I am married to my best friend and high school crush. We have two silly fur girls (dogs) named Stella and Lucy. We love spending time with our friends!
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. I am so excited to start my eighth year at Pittman! I love spending time with family (especially my nieces and nephews), going to Cardinal Baseball games, riding horses, being outdoors in the country, history, and traveling!
Miller Mary Miller, Mary Teacher 1st Grade Mary Miller is a first grade teacher. Over her 11 years in education she has taught first, 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.
Edelen Cindy Edelen, Cindy Teacher 3rd Grade
Tinney Rebecca Tinney, Rebecca Teacher 4th Grade Hello! My name is Mrs. Tinney and I have taught for SPS since 2004. This is my 5th year at Pittman teaching 4th grade. I have taught a 2/3 split, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. When I'm not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband, three children, and two dogs. I am also a busy swim, cross country, and martial arts mom! tinney.jpg
Brown Emily Brown, Emily Teacher 5th Grade My name is Emily Brown and this is my 17th year at Pittman. All of those 17 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.
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 eighth 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 and 2 year old daughter! I love the outdoors and hanging out with our dogs. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always willing to try something new!
Manke Jeanne Manke, Jeanne Teacher EBS This is my 18th year of teaching in Special Education, my 12th year at Pittman, and my 2nd year as EBS teacher. I love teaching students that learn differently. I am originally from Wisconsin but have also taught in Virginia before moving closer to family here in Missouri. In my spare time, I love to be outside hiking or biking. I also love reading a good book. Most of all, I love spending time with family which now includes two grandchildren.
Elliott Crystal Elliott, Crystal Counselor Specialty
Dillon Matt Dillon, Matt Teacher 2nd Grade This is my 14th year teaching and my 5th 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! I enjoy spending time with my family, going to Missouri State basketball games, and reading true crime and mystery novels.
Agnew Melissa Agnew, Melissa Principal Office Melissa Agnew has been in education for sixteen 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 P.E. Coach Specialty
Matz Manden Matz, Manden Reading Specialist Specialty This is my 21st year teaching. This is my 5th year back at Pittman where I will be working with Kindergarten through 2nd grade groups.
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 4 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.
Popa Michelle Popa, Michelle Head Custodian Support Staff
Custer Kandice Custer, Kandice Kitchen Staff Nutritional Services
Schmidt Elisa Schmidt, Elisa 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 work with Pittman families and students again this year. My goal is to create a love for math for all students! This will be my 19th year of teaching and my 4th 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.
Cornell Maggie Cornell, Maggie Cross Cat Para Special Education
Bogue Jane Bogue, Jane Librarian Specialty
Kitchens Jeff Kitchens, Jeff EBS Para EBS
MacDonald Shayna MacDonald, Shayna Art Teacher Specialty
Highfill Angel Highfill, Angel EBS Para EBS
Morgan Madison Morgan, Madison Technology Teacher Specialty This is my 3rd year teaching technology at Pittman and I LOVE it! The kids bring so much joy to my life. I live in Willard with my wonderful husband and our two pups, Luke and Leia. I love being in nature, reading, writing, cooking, photography, and of course, exploring new advances in technology!
Brixey Phyllis Brixey, Phyllis Music Teacher Specialty
Francis Larissa Francis, Larissa Teacher Special Education
Carpenter Colleen Carpenter, Colleen Kitchen Staff Nutritional Services
Vazquez Liza Vazquez, Liza Cross-Cat Teacher Special Education
Puckett Hayden Puckett, Hayden Teacher Intern/Building Sub Support Staff
Dickerson Maggie Dickerson, Maggie School Community Liaison Support Staff
Machin Jennifer Machin, Jennifer Literacy Coach Support Staff
Kentner Katie Kentner, Katie Burrell SBC Support Staff

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