• Mrs. Wells
    Tara Wells

    Mrs. Wells received her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in 2003. She received her Masters in Teaching in 2000 from Northwest Missouri State University. Additionally, she received her Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994. Her K-12 years were spent in the Albany, Missouri, school district in northwest MO.

    In 2009 she was named the St. Joseph MAESP Exemplary New Principal. In 2011 Wells was named the St. Joseph School District PTA Council Elementary Principal of the year. In 2012 Wells was named the St. Joseph MAESP Distinguished Principal and represented her colleagues at the state level.

    Mrs. Wells began her educational career in the St. Joseph School District. She student taught at Edison Elementary and taught grades 1, 2, and 3 at Neely Elementary and Humboldt Elementary. At this time she was a district curriculum writer, an Appleseed recipient, a DESE MAP scorer and table leader, and was part of the Aspiring Leader cohort. During her early years of teaching she quickly determined that any learner can reach high expectations as long as they are shown the way. Mrs. Wells was one of the original SJSD Instructional Coaches and thoroughly enjoyed working with teachers in this role. Her passion is studying teaching and learning and spending time in teacher classrooms. In 2006 she began her role as the Pershing Elementary principal. This year she will begin her thirteenth year at Pershing. She loves her neighborhood school and works diligently to develop a strong and cohesive teaching team.

    Mrs. Wells values a strong partnership between home and school. Daily communication with families is a priority and helps her to develop close relationships with her families. She works closely with her PTA to ensure her students have many opportunities.

    One of Mrs. Wells’ favorite memories of her time at Pershing is watching her staff and students make the jumping jack the official state exercise of the state of Missouri. This experience was phenomenal for her entire school community.

    When not at school, Mrs. Wells enjoys spending time with her family-husband, Scott, and children, Whitney Kate and Jesse. The Wells’ take pride in being family farmers, as well. Wells is a member of the YMCA Board of Directors and enjoys volunteering for various community entities. Additionally, Mrs. Wells oversees the Ruby Kate Wells Memorial Fund, which supports title schools in the St. Joseph School district.