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Bax Adam Bax, Adam Principal Administration Wilder This school year marks my second year serving as the principal at Wilder Elementary. This years starts my 9th year as a building principal. Prior to this, I was a teacher at Field Elementary and Assistant Principal at Jeffries Elementary. I earned my bachelors and masters degrees from Missouri State University. I have a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University. My wonderful wife, Elizabeth, is a Reading Interventionist. We have two children, Owen (8) and Emersyn (4). apbax@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Adam Bax.jpg
Colton Jill Colton, Jill Administrative Assistant Wilder I am the Administrative Assistant at Wilder. This is my 20th year with SPS and my 14th at Wilder. The 22/23 school year will be my 7th year in the office. Bob and I have been married 41 years. We have four sons, four grandkids and a very spoiled Shih Tzu. Cooking is my favorite form of therapy. jcolton@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Colton.jpg
Browning Jena Browning, Jena Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Wilder I enjoy reading and gardening in my spare time. I have three children. Savannah, my oldest, is attending MSU this year. My son Jonathan is going into the 11th grade at Glendale. Kaylee, my youngest, is starting third grade. I graduated with Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Drury in 2014. This will be my 6th year teaching at Wilder Elementary. My favorite grade to teach, by far, is Kindergarten. browning@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Browning.jpg
Sheets Megan Sheets, Megan First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder I teach 1st grade. This is my 2nd year at Wilder and my 5th year teaching. I graduated from Drury with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. My husband, Guy, and I have been married for 13 years and we have 3 kids: Mikinzi, Madalyn and Gavin. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, doing anything outdoors and baking. mksheets@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/909/megan sheets.jpg
Moss Danielle Moss, Danielle First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder I grew up in Springfield and then moved to Columbia, Missouri for college where I attended the University of Missouri and earned a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well a Master’s in Reading Education with my Special Reading Certification. This will be my 11th year at Wilder, and my 8th year teaching 1st grade. I’m married to my husband Murray, and we have Aubrey who is 7 and Owen who is 5. You may see them around as they are both Wilder Wildcats as well! Dnmoss@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Moss.jpg
Call Sara Call, Sara First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder My name is Sarah Call. I have taught for the Springfield Public School district the last 12 years. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. During my time with SPS, I have taught grades Pre-K through third grade. I have been married to my husband Mark for 14 years. He is an assistant principal at Cherokee Middle School in Springfield. Together we have 3 small children; Cooper 8, Carter 5 and Clara 2. In my free time I sjcalln@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Sarah Call.jpg
Ozias (Heidi) Dianna Ozias, (Heidi) Dianna Paraprofessional Wilder This is my 3rd year as a Paraprofessional here at Wilder. I received my degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern University and have taught 3rd and 4th grade. I have been married for 25 years and have 3 kids. Two are at Evangel University here in Springfield and one is a sophomore at Logan Rogersville. My family and I love traveling and serving our church. We lived in China for 10 years and can speak some Chinese. I love the students here at Wilder and love being a part of the Wilder team! diannaozias@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/heidi.jpg
Kaufman Maria Kaufman, Maria Second Grade Teacher Second Grade Wilder This is the start of my 19th year of teaching & my 8th year at Wilder. My undergraduate degree is from MU and myfirst master's degree is from SBU, my second MS is from MSU in teaching English to students of other languages. I have lived in SW Missouri my whole life, but my husband, Justin and I have a goal of exploring every US National Park. I love spending time with family and friends, baking and cooking, and being creative. My favorite thing about Wilder is working with the amazing staff! mkaufman@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Kaufman.jpg
Hayes Janelle Hayes, Janelle Second Grade Teacher Second Grade Wilder I teach 2nd grade. This is my 2nd year at Wilder and my 11th year teaching. I graduated from Drury University with a degree in Elementary Education. I am planning on starting my Masters degree this fall. My husband, Adam, and I moved into a new house this summer! I enjoy travelling and have been to 10 countries. I love serving at my church and going on missions trips. My favorite activity in the world is hanging out with family or friends with a cup of coffee in hand! I love crafting, kayaking, jbhayes@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Janelle Hayes.jpg
Moody Kim Moody, Kim Second GradeTeacher Second Grade Wilder I teach second grade. I was born and raised in the Ozarks. I obtained my AA from OTC, my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Drury University, and my Master of Education in Literacy from Evangel University. This is my 10th year teaching and my third year at Wilder. I love hanging out with my family and friends, being outdoors, going to church, and it is not unusual to see me singing (and maybe even dancing) in the car. I am passionate about education and love being a Wilder Wildcat! kmmoody@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Kim Moody 2.jpg
Sullivan Lori Sullivan, Lori Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Wilder This is my 12th year teaching and my third year at Wilder. I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade for my entire career and am really excited to be moving up to 4th grade this year! I received my Bachelors degree from Missouri State University in 2010 and my Masters in Teaching and Learning in 2021. I also have a Elementary Math Specialist certification from MSU. In my free time, I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with my husband, Ryan, two sons, George(7) and Henry(4), and our dog. lasullivan@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/lori sullivan.jpg
Hubbs Sherri Hubbs, Sherri Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Wilder I have been teaching since 2003 and started Wilder in 2010. I graduated from Hillcrest High School and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education at Evangel University and Masters in Teaching Degree at Evangel University. I love to read, go to the movies, spend time with friends and family, especially my two nieces, Henley and Harper. shubbs@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Hubbs.jpg
Kovacs Amanda Kovacs, Amanda Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Teacher Wilder This is my 2nd year of teaching and being at Wilder. I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. I am currently working on a Masters in Multicultural Literacy. I am passionate about learning and serving my community. I absolutely love being a part of the Wilder family. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with loved ones, running, and traveling somewhere new! amkovacs@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Amanda Kovacs.jpg
Bean Ellyn Bean, Ellyn Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade Wilder I teach 5th grade. This is my 6th year at Wilder. I graduated from Evangel University in 2014. I have been married to my husband, Dale, for 9 years. We have a 7 year old son, Hudson, a one year old daughter named Addelyn, and a dog named, Max. We spend most of our nights watching Dale coach softball and basketball for Strafford. I enjoy spending time with family, shopping, going to the lake and crafting. egbean@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Bean.jpg
Ott Tiffany Ott, Tiffany Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade Wilder I am a fifth grade teacher at Wilder Elementary. I am entering my 9th year of teaching at Wilder. I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Masters in Education, Literacy, from MSU. I married my best friend, Randy, in 2012 and I have two incredible step-kids, Karly (19) and Nathan (18). My family and I love the outdoors! I especially love hiking, floating, and lounging on the beach. I'm very blessed to be a part of this wonderful community! taott@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Ott.jpg
Howser Lisa Howser, Lisa Speech/Language Special Education Wilder/Holland I am the Speech-Language Pathologist at Wilder Elementary. I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist with SPS for 12 years and this is my 3rd year at Wilder. My husband, James, and I have two kids, Sarah (21) and David (18). I'm so excited to be here and be a part of the Wilder community! https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Howser.jpg
David Aubrey David, Aubrey Cross/Categorical Teacher Special Education Wilder/Sequiota I am a cross-cat Special Education teacher. I will be split between Wilder and Sequiota. This will be my 7th year teaching, and my 3rd year in Special Education. Prior to Special Education, I taught 4th and 5th grade. I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am coming from Boyd Elementary and am excited to join the Wilder family! adavid@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/aubrey david.jpg
Oliver Cathy Oliver, Cathy CSS Teacher Special Education Wilder I taught regular education at a Christian school for 3 years, a paraprofessional in special education for many years, and have been a teacher in special education at Wilder for 7 years. I have an Elementary degree with a Biblical Studies minor from Evangel. I am married and have 2 kids. We enjoy playing games, watching TV, and going to Branson. We help in the preschool area of our church. I love the support from parents, PTA, our principal, and teachers at Wilder. coliver@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Oliver.jpg
Dean Rose Dean, Rose C/C Paraprofessional Special Education I am a paraprofessional in the cross-categorical classroom. I joined the Wilder family in October of 2016 for my very first education job! I grew up near Kansas City before moving to the Springfield area. I attended OTC and MSU to acquire my Associates. In my free time, I love to read, paint, or play with my two dogs! I have absolutely loved the friendly atmosphere at Wilder. The faculty & students are all so welcoming & accepting; it is truly a wonderful place to be. srdean@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Dean.jpg
Stinnett Caitlin Stinnett, Caitlin CSS Paraprofessional Special Education Wilder This is my second year in education. I graduated from Missouri State University in May 2020 with a bachelors in Special Education. I have three cats named Norbert, Fuzz, and Frankie. I like to do crafts and listen to books for fun. cestinnett@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/c stinnett.jpg
Hall Robin Hall, Robin CSS Paraprofessional Special Education Wilder I have been a para for the CSS classroom for 4 years. I have two children. One boy named D'antae that is 14 years old. He is in the 9th grade. I have one girl named Autumn that is 7 years old. She is in 2nd grade at Wilder. I have one dog named Blue. I love working with my students and the staff. rmhall@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Hall.jpg
Downey Shavonne Downey, Shavonne Art Teacher Art Wilder I received my Bachelor's degree from UM-Columbia and my teaching certificate through MSU. I am pursuing my Master's. I have taught art in Pleasant Hope, MO. I enjoy time with my family; Jerry, kids: Zoe (20) and Finn (14), my mom and our dogs. I love traveling, outdoors. painting, writing, gardening, and dancing! I am passionate about art and aim to allow kids a place to be inspired and explore their own creativity. smdowney@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/downey.jpg
Campbell Jennifer Campbell, Jennifer Librarian Library Wilder I have been teaching since 2001. I started at Wilder in 2009. I received my Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Master degree in Reading. I enjoy reading, baking, and traveling. jcampbell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Jennifer Campbell.jpg
Grose Brannin Grose, Brannin Computer Teacher Computers Wilder I graduated in May of 2020 from Baptist Bible College with a degree in Elementary Education. I recently also obtained my certification in Early Childhood Education. This will be my third year as the Computer Teacher at Wilder. I have been married to my husband, Aaron, for 3 years. I love to hang out with friends and family and serve in my church. My favorite thing about Wilder is that everyone always encourages each other and celebrates each successes. brgrose@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/brannin grose.jpg
Horton Amanda Horton, Amanda Music Teacher Music Wilder I started teaching with SPS in 2013. I joined the Wilder community in 2017. I am thankful for the opportunity to share a love of music with my students at Wilder! I have a Bachelors of Music Education with a Vocal emphasis from Harding University in Searcy, AR. I am currently working on my Masters at Missouri State. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Caleb, exploring the great outdoors, and traveling. arhostetler@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/hostetler.jpg
Wood Kristi Wood, Kristi Head Custodian Custodial Wilder I am the Head Custodian at Wilder. I have worked with SPS custodial a total of 18 years with 5 years at Wilder. I grew up in Mt. Vernon, MO and have lived in Springfield 25 years. I have been married to my husband, Darrell, for 25 years and we have 2 children, Kelsey and Dillon My favorite thing about Wilder are the students, they can brighten any day! kkwood@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Wood.jpg
Johnson Howard Johnson, Howard Custodian Custodial Wilder I have have been at Wilder for 4 yr and 5 yrs prior service with system. I have some college from OTC. My favorite thing about Wilder is the staff! hwjohnson@spsmail.org
Bogle Lori Bogle, Lori Process Coordinator Special Education Wilder I have been in education for about 21 years. I am married and have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I have experience with different aspects of Special Education. My experience incudes being a SPED Coordinator, Speech Implementer, Psych Examiner, Gifted Teacher, ELL and Homeless Coordinator in smaller districts. I have been an Elementary Counselor for 15 years. lpbogle@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Lori Bogle.jpg
Kreher Melanie Kreher, Melanie Learning Specialist KAC-LEARNING SUPPORT My name is Melanie Kreher, and I’m joining the Wilder Family as a Learning Specialist. This is my 17th year of teaching! I’ve been a Reading Recovery Teacher and Literacy Coach at SPS since 2016. Prior to that, I was a classroom teacher in Republic. I love learning, collaborating, and supporting educators. My favorite thing outside of school is having fun with my husband and our three kids! We enjoy swimming, exploring nature, and playing with our pets. mkreher@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/MELANIE KREHER.jpg
Waddell Becky Waddell, Becky ELD Specialist English Language Department I’m Becky Waddell, and I’m very excited to be joining Wilder this year as an English Language Department Specialist. This will be my first year working with our English Language Learners. I began my teaching career in 2001 after graduating from Drury University. In my twenty one years, I have taught grades 2nd-5th. I will graduate with my Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Missouri State University in the Fall. I am a Springfield native, and now reside in Nixa with my family. My incredib rwaddell@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Becky Waddell.jpg
Long Jill Long, Jill Parent Educator Parent Educator Hi! My name is Jill Long. I’m the new parent educator for Wilder. Fun fact I am a former Wilder graduate, and am so excited to be here! I taught 2nd and 5th grade prior to being a stay at home mom to my three kids. I am excited to meet the kids and families feeding into Wilder! longsara@ymail.com https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Jill Long.jpg
Moore Meagan Moore, Meagan Third Grade Teacher Third Grade My name is Meagan Moore and this is my fifth year teaching. I love being at Wilder and seeing the way our community works together and supports one another through everything! I am currently working on a fixer-upper house, and when I have some extra free time, I love to read. I have nearly 350 books! mrmoore@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Meagan Moore.jpg
Burk Rachel Burk, Rachel Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Hello. My name is Mrs. Rachel Burk and this will be my fifth year of teaching and my second year with SPS. I’m so excited to be a Wildcat, and to be a member of the third grade team! Outside of school I spend most of my time with my family; my husband, Fred, who I’ve been married to for 18 years, my oldest son, Noah, who is 8, my youngest son, Sawyer, who is 3, and my daughter, Clara, who is 2. I’m also working on my graduate degree from Evangel University. rrburk@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Rachel Burk.jpg
Greer Nancy Greer, Nancy Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten This is my first year at Wilder and my 17th year of teaching. I have taught in MO, NC, and on military bases overseas. I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in literacy. I am also certified as a reading specialist. I enjoy reading, being outside, exercising, and traveling (19 countries so far!). I have been married to Ken for 29 years and have a daughter, Jenna (22). My favorite things about Wilder are the friendly, helpful, and caring staff! njgreer@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Nancy Greer.jpg
Grant Ashley Grant, Ashley Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade My name is Ashley Grant, and this will be my sixth year of teaching. I am excited and eager to be working at Wilder as a fifth grade teacher! I am passionate about learning, and I am dedicated to helping my students to love learning! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love spending time outside playing with our two dogs, Maverick and Goose, as well as working in my flower gardens. I enjoy traveling to new places and learning about history. Agrant@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Ashley Grant.jpg
 
 

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