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LS R-7 Board of Education approves new administrators for 2018-19

LS R-7 Board of Education approves new administrators for 2018-19

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved the employment of eight new administrators for the 2018-19 school year at the organization’s May 17 meeting. All administrators will begin their new positions on July 1.


from LS R-7 Schools

 Dr. Staci Mathes

Dr. Staci Mathes

Dr. Staci Mathes, currently director of student support services for the Raytown School District, was named the district’s executive director of special services. As part of an administrative reorganization, Dr. Emily Miller, currently the district’s assistant superintendent of special services, is changing jobs and will serve as the R-7 assistant superintendent of operational services in 2018-19. Dr. Mathes has worked in the Raytown School District since 2009 and previously worked in Lee’s Summit R-7 serving as a special-education process coordinator and special-education teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University, her master’s degree in teaching from Webster University and her doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.

 Carrie Hardin

Carrie Hardin

Carrie Hardin, currently library media specialist and online learning coordinator for the Pleasant Hill School District, was named assistant principal for Summit Technology Academy. She is replacing Dr. Jeremy Bonnesen, who will serve as Summit Technology Academy’s principal next year, replacing Dr. Elaine Metcalf, who is retiring. Mrs. Hardin has worked at Pleasant Hill since 2013 and also has experience as a webinar producer and instructional designer at Zeiders Enterprises, as an online instructor for MoVIP and K12 Inc. and as a Lee’s Summit R-7 classroom teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her master’s degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her education specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Missouri.

 Barry Crilley

Barry Crilley

Barry Crilley, currently department chair for special education at Park Hill South Hill School, will serve as assistant principal at Lee’s Summit North High School. He is replacing Dustin Spencer, who is leaving the district for another position. Within the Park Hill School District, Mr. Crilley has served as Extended School Year administrator, high-school administrative intern and as a special-education teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education history from Missouri State University, his master’s degree in mild-moderate/cross-categorical disabilities K-12 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his educational specialist degree in administration from William Woods University.

 Melanie Hutchinson

Melanie Hutchinson

Melanie Hutchinson, currently assistant principal in the North Kansas City School District, will serve as Bernard Campbell Middle School assistant principal. She is replacing Dr. Tressa Wright, who is leaving BCMS to accept a position in another district. Mrs. Hutchinson has worked in North Kansas City since 2015 and previously worked as a summer school principal, instructional technology coach and middle school science teacher in Grain Valley School District as well as science and reading teacher in the Independence School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication science from Truman State University, a master’s degree in instruction and curriculum from the University of Phoenix-Kansas City, an educational specialist degree in elementary administration from the University of Central Missouri and a is a doctoral candidate for educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell, currently assistant principal at Underwood Elementary, will be serving as assistant principal at Trailridge Elementary for 2018-19. He is replacing Jennifer Kevern, who will serve as Trailridge principal next year. He previously worked a an assistant principal at both Trailridge and Hawthorn Hill Elementary, as principal of the Lee’s Summit R-7 Summer Learning Institute and as a teacher at Longview Farm, Hawthorn Hill and Trailridge Elementary Schools. Mr. Campbell earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Avila University, his master’s degree in elementary education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his education specialist degree in elementary administration, also from UMKC.

 Rachel Flood

Rachel Flood

Rachel Flood, currently an elementary teacher in the Blue Springs School District, will serve as assistant principal at Longview Farm Elementary and Hazel Grove Elementary, both new positions for next year. She previously worked as an elementary teacher in the Raytown School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her master’s degree in elementary multidisciplinary studies from Webster University and her specialist degree in school administration from the University of Central Missouri.

 Leslie Mott

Leslie Mott

Leslie Mott, currently an administrative intern and summer school principal in the Raytown School District, will serve as Underwood Elementary assistant principal. She is replacing Steve Campbell, who was named assistant principal for Trailridge Elementary. Ms. Mott has also worked as a teacher within the Raytown School District, Hickman Mills School District, Okaloosa County Schools (Florida) School District and Kansas City Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her master’s degree in elementary education with a reading and literacy specialization from Walden University in Minnesota and her specialist degree in elementary school administration from the University of Central Missouri.

 Johna Sutton

Johna Sutton

Johna Sutton, currently a coordinator/instructional coach for the University Academy Charter School in Kansas City, was named assistant principal for Pleasant Lea Elementary. She is replacing Derrick Hartley, who is leaving to accept a position in another school district. Mrs. Sutton previously worked as a coordinator/instructional coach within the Excelsior Springs School District; as a district math coordinator, instructional coach and elementary teacher for the North Kansas City School District; and as an elementary teacher for the Kansas City Kansas School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Northwest Missouri State University, her master’s degree in curriculum, assessment and instruction from Pittsburg State University and her education specialist degree in K-12 administration from Northwest Missouri State University.

There's more brewing in downtown Lee's Summit

There's more brewing in downtown Lee's Summit

R-7 middle schools recognize Students of the Month for April

R-7 middle schools recognize Students of the Month for April