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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 19th year with SPS, and my 13th year at Wilder. The 2021/2022 year will be my 6th year in the office. Bob & I have been married 40 years and have four sons, four grandchildren 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
Miner Judith Miner, Judith School Counselor Wilder I am proud to be your school counselor. I am a graduate of MSU with a BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Counseling. This year will be my 37th year in education. I taught 5th and 6th grades for 5 years before becoming a school counselor and have been a school counselor for 32 years. My husband, Mitchell and our daughter Jessi, and I live in Nixa. We have11 dog and 3 cats. I enjoy reading, hiking and canoeing. My favorite thing about Wilder is how we all work together for the benefit of kid jdminer@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Miner.jpg
Shumate Katlyn Shumate, Katlyn School Nurse Health Wilder I am a Registered Nurse. I graduated from Southwest Baptist University with my ASN in December of 2018 and with my BSN in December of 2019. I worked as a Nurse on a Cardiac Floor at Mercy Hospital for 1 1/2 years and still work there PRN. This will be my second year here at Wilder. I knew that I wanted to work with kids would eventually do school nursing one day. I am so lucky to have been placed at such a great school. I am married with 2 cats and absolutely love spending time with my family. kmshumate@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Katlyn Shumate.jpg
Combs Krysta Combs, Krysta Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Wilder I am a Kindergarten teacher. I have taught for 15 years, & this will be my 6th year teaching at Wilder. I attended Drury University & graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. I obtained a Masters in Instructional Mathematics from Drury. I have been blessed with one amazing daughter, Annabelle. I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy the relationships I have been able to build at Wilder. klcombs@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Combs.jpg
Thomas Kelsi Thomas, Kelsi Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Wilder I am preparing to start my sixth year teaching, and am thrilled to be at Wilder this year! I have taught second grade and kindergarten in the past. I graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and am currently working on my TESOL certification from Missouri State University. My husband and I have three wonderful children: Adelaide, Madelynn, and Theodore. In our free time we love being outside and active together! klthomas@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/kelsi thomas.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 teach 1st grade. This will be my 10th year at Wilder, & my 7th year teaching 1st grade. I graduated from Mizzou with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as a Master of Science in Literacy Education. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Murray & kids Aubrey (6) & Owen (4). We enjoy being outside, playing with our dog Cooper, watching Cardinals, Chiefs, and Tigers or traveling to visit family and friends. Dnmoss@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Moss.jpg
Janson Kimberly Janson, Kimberly First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder I am a first grade teacher. I have been teaching for 11 years. This will be my 4th year at Wilder. I earned my Bachelor's degree from Baptist Bible College in 2010 and my Master's degree from Evangel University in 2015. I enjoy visiting my family in Chicago, reading, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite thing about Wilder is the fact that the school is named after one of my favorite authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder! kajanson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Janson.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 18th year of teaching & my 7th 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 things about Wilder is working with the amazing staff a 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 grew up in the Ozarks! I graduated from Parkview High School, 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 9th year teaching. I am so excited to be a Wilder Wildcat! I am not married, no kids, but I do have a crazy tomcat at home by the name of Tigger. I have one older sister and two wonderful nieces. My family loves playing board games and have a lot of fun together. kmmoody@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/kim moody.jpg
Sullivan Lori Sullivan, Lori Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Wilder This will be the start of my 11th year teaching, but my second year at Wilder. I have taught 3rd grade for the majority of my teaching career and I am so glad to be joining Wilder as a third grade teacher too! I received my Bachelors degree from Missouri State University in 2010 and I am currently working on my Masters from MSU as well. In my free time, I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with my husband, Ryan and two sons, George (6) and Henry (3). 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
Harris Ashley Harris, Ashley Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Wilder I am a 3rd grade teacher. This will be my 11th year teaching and my 4th year at Wilder. I graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Management. I decided to return to MSU to get my teaching certification. I then went on to SBU to get my Masters in Educational Administration. I have been married to my husband, Pete, for 13 years with two children (Emry-6, Sam-4). anharris@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Harris.jpg
Kovacs Amanda Kovacs, Amanda Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Teacher Wilder I just graduated from Missouri State University this May with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. This will be my very first year teaching and I am so excited to begin my career at Wilder. I am passionate about learning and serving my community and I cannot wait to do that here! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with loved ones and traveling somewhere new! amkovacs@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Amanda Kovacs.jpg
Wicklund Alyssa Wicklund, Alyssa Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Teacher Wilder awicklund@spsmail.org
Barron April Barron, April Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade Wilder I have been teaching since 1996 and started Wilder in 2010. I received my degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development at MSU. I got a Master's in Reading Instruction from GCU and my in Administration from MSU. I enjoy hiking, floating and serving at our church. I have 3 children. Anna is at OTC, Madi is doing premed classes at MSU. Caleb is in physical therapy at MSU and getting married in March. We will also be adopting a 12 yr old boy from Ukraine this year. arbarron@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/barron.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
Donaldson Melissa Donaldson, Melissa Cross/Categorical Teacher Special Education Wilder I am a Special Education Teacher. This is my 27th year of teaching & my 6th year at Wilder. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education at College of the Ozarks, Masters in Special Education at Walden University and a certification for Visually Impaired from MSU. I love spending time with my two grown boys (ages 24 and 26), family & friends! My favorite thing about Wilder is the family atmosphere when you are in the building. mkdonaldson@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/melissa Donaldson 1.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
Haugland Krista Haugland, Krista Occupational Therapist Special Education Wilder I am the Occupational Therapist at Wilder. I have been an OT for 23 years and 7 years at Wilder. I went to The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. I enjoy working with Rescue dogs and volunteering with Rescue One, fitness/wellness, and home remodeling. I love the wonderful staff and team I work with at Wilder. khaugland@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Haugland.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
Gratton Ali Gratton, Ali CSS Paraprofessional Special Education adgratton@spsmail.org
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
McBride Laura McBride, Laura ELL Specialist ELL Wilder I have been involved in English Language Education for over 11 years and most recently been an Elementary English Language Learner Specialist at Weller Elementary for 7 years. I love getting to know about cultures and languages through stories from students and families. My husband Luke and I have two kids, Millie who is 5 years old and Beau who is 3 years old. We love to be outside, have kitchen dance parties, and explore new places. I am so excited to be a part of the Wilder family! lmcbride@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Laura McBride pic.png
Shavonne Downey , Shavonne Downey 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. I cannot wait to create with the kids of Wilder! 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
Grose Brannin Grose, Brannin Instructional Technologist 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 second year at Wilder as the Instructional Technologist. I have been married to my husband, Aaron, for 2 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
Twigg Barbara Twigg, Barbara Library Clerk Library Wilder I am the Library Clerical here at Wilder. This is my second year here at Wilder, and it has been a wonderful journey thus far! I am married to my wonderful husband, Austin, we have two precious cats, Simba and Tigger! In my spare time, I love creating home decor and signs for the various seasons! I enjoy being with the students and find it a blessing to help them with all things books and technology. batwigg@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/barbara twigg.jpg
Cohen Mitchell Cohen, Mitchell PE Coach Physical Education Wilder I am the PE teacher at Wilder. This is my 4th year of teaching, & 5th year at Wilder. I am assistant footbal coach for Westport Middle. I am from St. Louis, MO. I graduated from MSU with a Bachelor's of Science in Education. I have a wife (Whitney), a 6-year-old step-daughter (Reagan), a 2 year old daughter (Ryleigh) and a son (Carter) who was born in February. I love spending time my family, working out, coaching, and outdoors! I am extremely excited to be back at Wilder. mccohen@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Cohen.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 Wiilder 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
Glenn Christen Glenn, Christen Learning Specialist Wilder Christen Glenn has been supporting teachers outside of the classroom for the past five years. Christen earned a bachelors and masters degree from Missouri State University. Christen most recently earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southwest Baptist University. Christen is passionate about fostering collective responsibility of all learners in our system. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and two kids-Tenley and Eli. cdglenn@spsmail.org https://www.sps.org/cms/lib/MO01909182/Centricity/Domain/48/Christen Glenn.jpg
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
 
 

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