The Academic Services Department is located on the top floor of the Downtown Library Building at 925 Felix Street. Contact us by phone at 816-671-4000. This office supervises the following areas: Adult Education, Alternative Education, Career and Technical Education, College and Career Readiness, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education, Federal Programs, Secondary Education, Summer School, and Workforce Development.
Dr. Marlie Williams
Assistant Superintendent of Academic and Education Services
Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Higher Education from the University of Nebraska. She earned her Ed.S. Education, M.S. in Educational Leadership: Secondary and her B.S. in English from Northwest Missouri State University.
Dr. Williams was the Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services for Liberty Public Schools. She joined Liberty Public Schools in 2013 as Executive Director of Secondary Education. Prior to that, she was the principal at Central High School in the St. Joseph School District from 2006-2013. Dr. Williams also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwest Missouri State University from 2008-2012.
Dr. Williams has received many awards and accomplishments during her career including: Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator (2013), Northwest Region MASSP Principal of the Year and St. Joseph PTSA Principal of the Year, among others. In addition, Dr. Williams participated in the #GoOpen Summit as a presenter in spring 2016, and has presented to numerous professional organizations on various subjects throughout her career.
Dr. Michele Norman
Director of Elementary Education
Dr. Norman received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Kansas and her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Missouri State University and her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. Norman's prior administrative experience includes appointments as an assistant superintendent, K-12 principal and special education director, middle school principal, and elementary principal. She has served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, teaching courses on the integration of instructional technology and professional learning communities.
Dr. Norman has received many awards and accomplishments during her career including the Central District MAESP Distinguished Principal of the Year (2006), and the Greater Kansas City School Counseling Association Administrator/Counselor Advocate of the Year (2013), among others. In addition, she has extensive experience with the data team process, response to intervention, character education, and the implementation of 1:1 technology initiatives. She serves as a member of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education Advisory Committee.
Dr. Chris Hubbuch
Director of Secondary Education
Dr. Hubbuch received his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University and his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his M.A. in Education from Lindenwood University and his B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Hubbuch's prior administrative experience includes appointments as a middle school principal and assistant principal. He also has experience as a Mentor Teacher in the MU Teaching Fellowship Program from 2004-2006. Dr. Hubbuch served as a Clinical Associate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, teaching courses on classroom research and inquiry into schools, community and society.
Dr. Hubbuch has presented at multiple regional, state, and national conferences on professional learning communities, response to intervention and positive behavioral interventions and support. His work has been published in Principal Leadership, Middle Ground, and Learning Disabilities Research & Practice. As middle school principal, he led the school-wide implementation of a 1:1 technology initiative, PLTW Gateway program, and instructional rounds protocol. He serves as a member of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education Advisory Committee.