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Steingraber Dr. Jason Steingraber, Jason Principal Administration Wilder I am Dr. Jason Steingraber and I am the principal at Wilder Elementary. I started teaching in 1998 and a principal in 2007. My first year at Wilder was 2010. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, Master of Arts in Communication Disorders, a Master of Science in Education Administration, and Doctorate of Education. My wife Jen and I have 2 girls, Emma-17 and Kate-14. We love to spend time watching the Cardinals.Once you walk through our doors you are a Wilder Wildcat for life. jsteingraber@spsmail.org
Colton Jill Colton, Jill Administrative Assisstant Wilder I am Jill Colton and am the administrative assistant at Wilder. This is my 16th year working for SPS, and my 9th year at Wilder. The 2018/19 year will be my third year as administrative assistant. Before that I was the library clerical assistant. I have lived in Springfield my entire life, and graduated from Hillcrest high school. My husband Bob & I have been married 36 years. We have four grown children & four grandkids, along with three very spoiled shih tzus. jcolton@spsmail.org
Miner Judith Miner, Judith School Counsleor Wilder My name is Judith Miner. I am proud to be your school counselor. This year will be my 34th year in education. I taught 5th and 6th grades for 5 years before becoming a school counselor. I received my BS in education and my MS in Guidance and Counseling from MSU. My husband, Mitchell, our daughter Jessi and I live in Nixa. We have 2 dogs and 4 cats. I enjoy reading, hiking and canoeing. My favorite thing about Wilder is how we all work together for the benefit of kids and families. jdminer@spsmail.org
Morgan Cassandra Morgan, Cassandra School Nurse Health Wilder My name is Cassandra Morgan,, and I have been at Wilder since 2015. I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Cox College (Nationally Certified School Nurse). I enjoy spending time with my son Shawn and daughter Madison. We foster cats for the humane society and are major animal lovers. I love theater and can often be caught humming a showtune or Disney song. This will be my third year as the Wilder Nurse. I love it! I am so thankful to be a part of the Wilder family. #WilderRocks. cemorgan@spsmail.org
Forbes Tonya Forbes, Tonya Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Wilder My name is Tonya Forbes and I started teaching at Wilder in 2008. I started my teaching career in 1990. I earned my Bachelors in early Childhood/Elementary at Evangel University and my Masters in Education Administration at Missouri State University. I enjoy photography, Disney, and volunteering at Springfield Little Theatre. tforbes@spsmail.org
Beeson Lisa Beeson, Lisa Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Wilder My name is Lisa Beeson and I am a Kindergarten teacher at Wilder Elementary. This will be my 29th year of teaching and my 14th year at Wilder. I received my Bachelors and Master's degrees from MSU. I have been married to my husband, Darrin for 26 years. We have two sons, Austin (23) and Wade (19). As a family we spend many weekends at the lake. I enjoy traveling, hunting for vintage and antique items for my booth, and scrapbooking. I love the parent involvement at Wilder. lbeeson@spsmail.org
Browning Jena Browning, Jena Kindergarten Teacher Kindergarten Wilder My name is Jena Browning. 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 10th grade at Glendale. Kaylee, my youngest, is starting second grade. I graduated with Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Drury in 2014. This will be my third year teaching at Wilder Elementary. My favorite grade to teach, by far, is Kindergarten. browning@spsmail.org
Gangel Liz Gangel, Liz First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder My name is Liz Gangel, & I teach first grade. This will be my ninth year teaching for Springfield Public Schools, & this will be my second year at Wilder. I went to BBC for my Bachelors of Science and am currently working on my Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies at MSU. My husband, Kyle, & I have three sons-Brennan (7), Harrison (4), and Calvin (6 months). We enjoy being outside, playing sports, and fishing. Wilder has collaborative and supportive families, students, and staff. emgangel@spsmail.org
Moss Danielle Moss, Danielle First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder My name is Danielle Moss. I am a 1st grade teacher. This will be my 7th year at Wilder, & my 4th year teaching 1st grade. I have a Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, & a Master of Science in Literacy Education. I enjoy spending time with my husband Murray & kids Aubrey (3) & Owen (18 mnth). We enjoy being outside, playing with our Lab/Mastiff mix named Cooper, watching sporting events, & traveling. Wilder has amazing students, families, & staff. Dnmoss@spsmail.org
Janson Kimberly Janson, Kimberly First Grade Teacher First Grade Wilder My name is Kimberly Janson, and I am a first grade teacher. I have been teaching for 8 years. This will be my first 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
Kaufman Maria Kaufman, Maria Second Grade Teacher Second Grade Wilder My name is Maria Kaufman & I teach second grade at Wilder Elementary. This is the start of my 15th year of teaching & my fourth year at Wilder. My undergraduate degree is from MU and my master's degree is from SBU. I am pursuing a second master's degree from MSU. I have lived in SW Missouri my whole life. My husband, Justin and I have a goal of exploring every US National Park. I love baking and cooking, movies, & crafts. My favorite thing about Wilder is working with the amazing staff! mkaufman@spsmail.org
Schuster Jan Schuster, Jan Second Grade Teacher Second Grade Wilder My name is Jan Schuster, and I have been teaching since 1997 and started Wilder that same year. I have a B.S. Ed. and a M.S. Ed. from Missouri State University. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren, traveling with my husband and rock concerts! jschuster@spsmail.org
Elliott Marsha Elliott, Marsha Second GradeTeacher Second Grade Wilder My name is Marsha Elliott, formerly know as Ms. Stone. I have been teaching since 1988 and started Wilder in 2010. I have a Bachelor in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from MSU. I love spending time with my husband, family and friends, going to the lake, and watching sports. My daughter Allison is a nurse at Cox Medical Center & hopes to be accepted in the CRNA program at MSU. Alex, my stepson, will be a sophomore at MSU. mstone@spsmail.org
Combs Krysta Combs, Krysta Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Wilder I am Krysta Combs & a 3rd grade teacher. I have taught for 12 years, & this will be my 3rd 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 watching Annabelle participate in gymnastics, time with my family, reading, photography, & time at home. I enjoy the relationships I have been able to build at Wilder. klcombs@spsmail.org
Hubbs Sherri Hubbs, Sherri Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Wilder My name is Sherri Hubbs, and 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
Karr Charlotte Karr, Charlotte Third Grade Teacher Third Grade Wilder \My name is Charlotte Karr & my 26th year as a third grade teacher at Wilder. I was a substitute teacher for 3 1/2 years before I began my career at Wilder. I graduated from Kickapoo High School. My education degrees are from S.M.S.U. My husband and I have been married for 35 years. We have two sons, one daughter-in-law, & two grandsons. I love to spend time playing with our grandsons & cooking dinner for my family. The students, staff, and parents make me proud to be a Wildcat every day! ckarr@spsmail.org
Harris Ashley Harris, Ashley Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Wilder My name is Ashley Harris. I am a 4th grade teacher. This will be my 8th year teaching and my 1st 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 11 years with two children (Emry-4, Sam-2). I cannot wait to start my year at Wilder! Everyone has been very welcoming! anharris@spsmail.org
Heinrichs Christina Heinrichs, Christina Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Wilder My name is Christina Heinrichs and I am a 4th Grade Teacher at Wilder Elementary. This will be my 10th year teaching and my first year at Wilder. I have a Bachelors in Elementary Education from MSU in 2007. I have a Masters of Science in Educational Technology. My husband, Ty and I have three beautiful daughters, Bailey (15) Madison, (13), and Riley (9). I am fortunate to work with a group of educators who believe in empowering their students to be lifelong learners. clheinrichs@spsmail.org
Ott Tiffany Ott, Tiffany Fourth Grade Teacher Fourth Grade Wilder My name is Tiffany Ott and I am a fourth-grade teacher at Wilder Elementary. I am entering my 6th 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 (16) and Nathan (15). 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
Barron April Barron, April Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade Wilder My name is April Barron,, and 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 degree in Reading Instruction from GCU and my Master's in Administration from MSU. My family and I love to play and watch sports. I enjoy hiking and floating. I love serving at our church. We have adopted a 17 year old from Ukraine. We have a college sophomore, Caleb, at MSU and Madi, a junior at Kickapoo. arbarron@spsmail.org
Bean Ellyn Bean, Ellyn Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade Wilder My name is Ellyn Bean, and I teach 5th grade. This is my fifth year at Wilder. I graduated from Evangel University in 2014. I have been married to my husband, Dale, for 6 years. We have a 4 year old son, Hudson, 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
Brown Rosie Brown, Rosie Fifth Grade Teacher Fifth Grade Wilder My name is Rosie Brown, and I have been teaching since 1982. I have taught in upstate New York and Wisconsin. I started at Wilder in 1999. I received my B.A. in European History and Education from the State University of New York Potsdam, and a M. A. Ed in Administration from William Woods University. I enjoy reading, traveling, shopping, cooking, scrapbooking ,watching the Packers, and of course, spending time with family, especially my grandson. I love everything about Wilder! rbrown@spsmail.org
Collier Maribeth Collier, Maribeth Speech/Language Special Education Wilder/ I am Maribeth Collier,the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at Wilder (and Holland). I have just completed 18 years with Springfield Public Schools. I am from Springfield, and attended MSU. I have been married for 28 years to my husband Randy, & we have a 26 year old daughter who just recently married & is living in Norfolk, VA. I like to read, ride my bike, swim, & go out for lunch! My favorite thing about Wilder is getting to work with the wonderful teachers and staff. mcollier@spsmail.org
Donaldson Melissa Donaldson, Melissa Cross/Categorical Teacher Special Education Wilder My name is Melissa Donaldson, & I am Special Education Teacher. This is my 24th year of teaching & my 3rd 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 am active in DIY projects and my church. I love spending time with my two grown boys, family & friends!� My favorite thing about Wilder is the family atmosphere when you are in the building. mkdonaldson@spsmail.org
Leppien Hannah Leppien, Hannah Cross/Categorical Teacher Special Education Wilder/Sequiota My name is Hannah Leppien, and I am the part-time special education teacher at Wilder. I am a first-year teacher. I graduated from Missouri State University in May 2018. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies, playing sports, and going on hikes. As a new teacher, I am very excited to begin my career at Wilder! hgleppien@spsmail.org
Oliver Cathy Oliver, Cathy CSS Teacher Special Education Wilder I am Cathy Oliver, & 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 4 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
Savannah Dean , Savannah Dean C/C Paraprofessional Special Education I am Savannah Dean. 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
Haugland Krista Haugland, Krista Occupational Therapist Special Education Wilder/ I am Krista Haugland the Occupational Therapist at Wilder. I have been an OT for 20 years an 4 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
H'Doubler Mary H'Doubler, Mary CSS Paraprofessional Special Education Wilder My name is Mary H Doubler and I started teaching in 1990. I have been a paraprofessional at Wilder since 2014. I have a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Certification. I am a Pastoral Care Minister as well. I like spending time with my loved ones, reading, music, gardening, swimming, biking, spinning, sporting events, walking the dog, and relaxing in my hammock. mhhdoubler@spsmail.org
Lampe Lisa Lampe, Lisa CSS Paraprofessional Special Education Wilder My name is Lisa Lampe, and I am a CSS paraprofessional. I have been a para at Wilder Elementary for one year. I went to Missouri State University where I received a bachelors degree in Psychology. I have two dogs who I love to take hiking. I also enjoy reading books and going to the movies. My favorite thing about Wilder is the people. Everyone is kind and willing to help out. lmlampe@spsmail.org
Hall Robin Hall, Robin CSS Paraprofessional Special Education Wilder Robin Hall and I am a paraprofessional at Wilder. This is my first year of teaching and at Wilder. I am from Springfield, Mo and I went to OTC than I will transfer to MSU in the spring. I am a single mother of two children of a 11 year old boy and 4 year old girl. I love going to church and doing church activities. I love how friendly the teachers and staff are at Wilder. I love the children already.
Dipper Julie Dipper, Julie Paraprofessional Wilder I am Julie Dipper and I was a substitute for three years and this is my first year at Wilder to teach Health. I graduated from MSU. My husband and I have been married for 18 years and have three children. I'm originally from Lebanon, Mo. so the Ozarks have been home all my life. I love to garden, drink coffee and spend time with my family around the fire pit eating smores. jrdipper@spsmail.org
Robinson Lesley Robinson, Lesley ELL Specialist ELL Wilder My favorite thing about Wilder are the people who work here and the students that attend here. There is something unique and special about Wilder that you can't describe. It's just a nice place to be whether you're volunteering as a parent, working as a teacher or learning as a student. lstrange-robinson@spsmail.org
Breeding Heather Breeding, Heather Art Teacher Art Wilder/ My name is Heather Breeding and I started teaching in 2004. I started at Wilder in 2013. I have a BSED in Art Education from Missouri State University. I have a Masters of Studio Art and Theory from Drury University. I enjoy making stuff, gardening, and traveling, hbreeding@spsmail.org
Campbell Jennifer Campbell, Jennifer Librarian Library Wilder/ My name is Jennifer Campbell, and 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
Souza-Massey Maria Souza-Massey, Maria Librarian Library Wilder/ My name is Maria Souza, and my position is Library Clerical at Wilder. This is my second year at Wilder. I graduated with an Ed.S degree from Lindenwood; MPC/MMFT from AGTS; BS.Ed and MS.Ed. from Drury; and a BS Psy from MSU. I am the mother of two daughters. I am the grandmother of two handsome and intelligent boys, one in 7th grade the other is four. Of course, I love reading, music, half off movie day, and hanging out with the grandkids. I appreciate the sense of independence and self-confi mtsouza-massey@spsmail.org
Cohen Mitchell Cohen, Mitchell PE Coach Physical Education Wilder/WOLF/Westport My name is Mitchell Cohen. I am the PE teacher at Wilder. This is my second year of teaching, & second 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, a 4-year-old step-daughter, and am expecting a baby girl in January 2019. I love spending time my family, working out, coaching, and outdoors! I am extremely excited to be back at Wilder. mccohen@spsmail.org
Hostetler Amanda Hostetler, Amanda Music Teacher Music Wilder/ My name is Amanda Hostetler and I started teaching in 2013. I started at Wilder in 2017. I have a BME in Vocal from Harding University in Searcy, AR. I enjoy time outdoors, traveling, and playing board games with friends. arhostetler@spsmail.org
Cook Tammy Cook, Tammy Information Technology Teacher Computers Wilder My name is Tammy Cook. I am the Instructional Technologist at Wilder. I have been teaching for 24 years and the last 4 years at Wilder.I got my Bachelors degree of Education here in town at MSU, and my Masters in Education and Reading from Evangel. I received my TESOL certification from Missouri Western.I have been married to my husband Dale for 32 years. We 3 grown sons. I love to read, swim and spend time being a new grandma. My favorite thing about Wilder is the wonderful students and staff! tscook@spsmaiil.org
Wood Kristi Wood, Kristi Head Custodian Custodial Wilder My name is Kristi Wood, I am the Head Custodian at Wilder. I have worked with SPS custodial a total of 15 years with 2 years at Wilder. I grew up in Mt. Vernon, MO and have lived in Springfield 23 years. I have been married to my husband, Darrell, for 22 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
Johnson Howard Johnson, Howard Custodian Custodial Wiilder I am Howard Johnson a Custodian at Wilder. I have have been at Wilder for 1 yr and 4 yrs prior service with system. I have some college from OTC. My favorite thing about Wilder is the staff! hwjohnson@spsmail.org