Dr. John Jungmann is superintendent of Missouri's largest school district, which serves 23,500 students and employs about 3,500 individuals. He began his tenure at Springfield Public Schools July 1, 2014.
Since coming to SPS, Dr. Jungmann's focus has been to create a collective vision for the future of SPS and engage SPS students, parents, employees and community members in achieving that vision. He started the process by involving stakeholders in an envisioning process during his inaugural year. The result led to the creation of new strategic plan, mission, vision, goals and values.
Focusing on every learner, every day, Dr. Jungmann leads SPS in efforts to ensure all students are prepared for tomorrow by providing engaging, relevant and personalized educational experiences. Four of Dr. Jungmann's key initiatives include:
- IGNiTE: A districtwide initiative that will provide the resources and support necessary for all SPS teachers and students to access and experience an engaging, relevant and personalized learning environment. Ensuring equity of access to mobile technology for students and teachers is a key focus of the initiative, which will be deployed over a three-year period.
- GO CAPS (Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies): A collaboration among 11 area school districts and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce that gives students the opportunity to test drive their future, discover where their passions lie and learn alongside business leaders. It provides real-world, professional skills through a year-long immersion experience at partner businesses across the Ozarks. Currently it offers learning strands in entrepreneurship, medicine and health care; and engineering and manufacturing.
- GO CSD (Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts): A regional collaborative of southwest Missouri school districts for mutual improvements, shared resources and areas of expertise, and greater purchasing power.
- LAUNCH: Provides quality online learning options designed, developed and delivered by Missouri educators. Launch is Missouri's solution for course access issues for school districts and families in need of flexible and personalized learning options.
In October 2016, Dr. Jungmann was named Missouri Superintendent of the Year and was also invited to represent SPS in the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national initiative that connects forward thinking leaders of the nation’s school districts to work together on shared priorities to improve outcomes for students.
Other professional accolades include being named 2016 Administrator of the Year by Missouri School Public Relations Association and being recognized by his peers as the 2009-2010 New Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Jungmann completed AASA's National Superintendent Certification Program in 2015 as a member of the inaugural class.
Dr. Jungmann's previous professional experience includes serving one year as superintendent and one year as deputy superintendent for Liberty Public Schools and four years as superintendent of the Monett R-1 School District. Dr. Jungmann began his educational career as a high school teacher and has served as an assistant high school principal and middle school principal.
He is a 1998 graduate of Missouri Southern State University and obtained his Master of Science in education and Specialist in educational administration degrees from Missouri State University. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas in 2006.
Dr. Jungmann and his wife, Kerry, have three daughters.
Photo credit: Missouri Southern State University