Travis Vanhorn

Mr. VanHorn has been in education for 19 years, 14 as a classroom teacher and four as a counselor. He enjoys reading and flea marketing with his wife. "I really believe the staff is second to none; everyone truly loves and does what is best for kids." -Mr. VanHorn

- Mr. VanHorn, MES Counselor

Amy Sampson

Ms. Sampson has been an educator for 20 years, 18 of those years in Monett. We thank Ms. Sampson for her dedication to our students!

- Ms. Sampson, MHS Teacher

Molly Brady

Molly works in the Special Services Department. She is the Psychological Examiner & Process Coordinator.

- Mrs. Brady, Special Services

Terri Brooks Pre School Teacher

Today we shine the spotlight on Mrs. Brooks! She has been in education for 22 years! She loves gardening and spending time with her family. Thank you for dedicating 10 years of your teaching career to Monett R-1! Go Mrs. Brooks!

- Mrs. Brooks, MECC Teacher

Valery Pendergrass, World History Teacher, 2021-2022

Mrs. Pendergrass has been in education for 23 years! Her hobbies include making candles and spending time with her husband and three dogs. "I love working with the Monett High School Staff. Everyone is really friendly. We are all willing to help each other out." - Mrs. Pendergrass

- Mrs. Valery Pendergrass, MHS World History

Sarah Gripka MES Music Teacher

Mrs. Gripka's hobbies include roller skating, attending the community theater, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She is proud to be a Monett Cub because "This district is dedicated to doing what's best for kids, and I am proud to be a part of the Monett team."

- Sarah Gripka, MES Music Teacher

Jennifer Leeper

Mrs. Leeper has been an art teacher for 12 years! She loves reading, horseback riding, and watching her son play sports. What she loves most about being a Monett Cub is, "Even in the most terrible of times, this district comes together to thrive."

- Mrs. Jennifer Leeper, Art K-12

Heather Romine - Feature Friday

Mrs. Romine has been in education for 14 years in various roles. She taught middle school science and high school English. She is now an instructional coach in Monett. Her hobbies include camping and reading. She loves spending quality time with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, and rabbit.

- Mrs. Romine, Instructional Coach

Dwayne Rice - Feature Friday

Officer Rice has been in law enforcement for three years. This is his first year as a Monett School Resource Officer. He is a Monett graduate and enjoys fishing, sports, motorcycle riding, and spending time with his family. He also enjoys going to the gym with his wife, going on walks,

- Officer Rice, School Resource Officer

Carrie Smith - Feature Friday

Mrs. Smith has been in education for 22 years, 19 of those years in Monett. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include camping, spending time at the lake, watching sporting events, and reading in her spare time.

- Mrs. Smith, MES Reading Recovery Teacher Leader & Instructional Coach

Mrs. Murad is this week's Feature Friday.

Mrs. Murad has been in education for 14 years, all in Monett. She loves to spend time with her husband, three children, three cats, and two dogs. "I love that we put students first and that we support the arts! I bleed purple and gold!”

- Mrs. Murad, MMS/MHS Choir

Nichole Sanders

Mrs. Sanders enjoys taking photos, attending her daughter's cheer competitions, and playing co-ed basketball and softball. She also loves to spend time with her husband and daughter. Her favorite part about Monett Schools is "the great family atmosphere with coworkers, and the students are amazing!"

- Mrs. Nichole Sanders, MMS Paraprofessional

Jeremy Land

Coach Land has been in education for 14 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and on his farm. He also exercises and spends time outdoors. "The staff at the HS make it an enjoyable job. I enjoy being around the kids and watching them grow into young adults." -Coach Land

- Mr. Jeremy Land, MHS US History Teacher/Coach

Kourtney Brown Friday Feature

Mrs. Brown has been in education for 11 years, all in Monett. Her hobbies consist of crafting, sewing, knitting, vinyl, and woodwork. She loves to spend time with her husband and daughter. "Our campus is like family, and our principal, Mrs. Wallace, is amazing." -Mrs. K. Brown

- Mrs. Kourtney Brown, CPE 4th Grade Teacher

Tara Rand and Family for Feature Friday

Mrs. Rand has a beautiful family with whom she loves to spend her time. She loves teaching art and seeing students' art skills evolve. Her favorite part about Monett Schools is the diversity and learning about different cultures. She has been in education for 12 years and 9 of those years in Monett.

- Tegan Rand, MES Art Teacher

Friday Feature - Robert McGuire Instructional Tech Support

Mr. McGuire has worn different hats in the district over the years. He taught 2nd grade for 26 years, worked in the tech department for six years, and part-time as instructional technology support for the past 12 years.

- Mr. Robert McGuire, District Instructional Tech Support

Friday Feature - Alexis Davis

Mrs. Davis loves to read and spend time with her husband, Ethan, her son, and their two Great Danes, Mars and Luna. Her favorite part about Monett is the community! "Everybody is so kind and helpful."

- Mrs. Alexis Davis, MES Kindergarten Teacher

Feature Friday is Mrs. Nicole Coffey, MIS Counselor

Mrs. Coffey enjoys camping, reading, and traveling. Her 14th wedding anniversary is coming up in January 2022. She has two daughters who attend Monett. She has been in education for 6 years and 2 of those years in Monett.

- Mrs. Nicole Coffey, MIS Counselor

Matt Anderson, MHS Math Teacher, Staff Feature of the Week

Mr. Anderson has been in education for 22 years, and 13 of those years have been at MHS. He enjoys editing movies and watching sports, specifically the Football Vikings and the Twins in baseball. His evenings are spent reading with hi

- Mr. Matt Anderson, MHS Math Teacher

Lisa Ramsey

Today is Feature Friday, and we get to feature Lisa Ramsey, CPE Nurse.👩‍⚕️ Mrs. Ramsey enjoys riding her side-by-side (UTV) with her husband on their time off. She loves to camp outdoors and spend as much time with her family as possible. She loves that Monett Schools and the community truly cares

- Mrs. Lisa Ramsey, CPE Nurse

Sarah Childress, MES Teacher

It is Feature Friday at Monett Schools! Today we are featuring Ms. Childress, 2nd-grade teacher at MES. She loves being outdoors, staying active, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite part of the Monett Elementary School is the support she has received from everyone.

- Ms. Sarah Childress, MES Teacher

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