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Several Schools Fill Open Leadership Positions

(March 14, 2017) — The St. Joseph School District (SJSD) has filled several leadership positions.

Leah Richardson has been selected as Humboldt Elementary School’s principal for the 2017-18 school year. She will take over for Jaimee Lawrence who recently accepted the principal job at Hyde Elementary School.

Richardson has been with the district since 2006. She started as a teacher, then worked toward a leadership position. During this school year, Richardson has shared time between Oak Grove Elementary where she is the assistant principal and Webster Learning Center where she was the acting principal.

Richardson holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State University. She is currently taking courses to complete her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

John Wachtel will join the team at Carden Park Elementary School as assistant principal for the 2017-18 school year. Wachtel started his career with the district in 2006. He is currently working as a physical education teacher at Coleman Elementary School.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Administration from William Woods University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Missouri Western State University. He is currently working toward the Missouri Administration/Principal Certification.

Finally, Lynn Davis has been selected to fill the open assistant principal role at Benton High School. Davis filled the role in the interim after Michele Thomason accepted the principal position at Webster Learning Center. Davis started her career as a para at Truman Middle School before spending the last 10 years teaching art at Benton where she was also the Fine Arts chair.

Davis has a specialist degree in K-12 administration from Northwest Missouri State University, a Master’s Degree in Education Teacher Leadership from NWMSU and a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Missouri Western State University.

The St. Joseph School District Board of Education approved these hires during executive session on Monday, March 13, 2017.




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