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Faculty Directory

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School’s expert faculty provide individualized attention to help students make the most of their abilities.

TJ’s Expert Faculty

Dedicated and supportive faculty challenge, nurture, and guide all students at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. These highly qualified professional educators, most of whom hold advanced degrees, are experts in the subjects they teach. They exemplify intellectual curiosity, a dedication to truth, and the advantages of living the examined life.

By modeling TJ’s Mission and Honor Code, our faculty hold students accountable for their progress, and help each one of them develop a strong moral compass. These compassionate individuals encourage and support students as they learn to navigate transitions, develop self-discipline, and think critically.

Thanks to TJ’s impressive teacher-student ratio, all students receive the individualized attention they deserve so that they can achieve their full potential—academically, artistically, athletically, and personally.

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Tutorial Sessions

TJ faculty members are available after school until 4 p.m. every day to provide their students with extra help, as well as to engage in enrichment. These sessions can help boost each child’s confidence, strengthen subject comprehension, and develop important learning skills.

Teacher Professional Development

TJ faculty are dedicated to improving and building their skills so they can inspire all of their students. Toward that goal, they continuously participate in professional development, taking courses, and attending conferences, seminars, retreats, and workshops.

70%

Approximate number of faculty who hold advanced degrees.

18

Advanced Placement courses.

14

Years your child can study foreign languages.

Leaders

“I’m confident I am teaching the local, state, and nationwide leaders of tomorrow. I want to impress upon them the type of people they can become.”

Mr. Clayton Carnahan, 5th Grade Language Arts teacher

  • Laura McDonald

    Head of School
    College Counselor
    lmcdonald@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Kenyon College, M.S. Southwest Missouri State University.

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  • Dan Rogers

    Dean of Students
    Middle School Physical Education,
    Upper School Girls Basketball Coach
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 334
    drogers@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. William Jewell College, M.S. William Woods University.

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  • Shauna Tharp

    Director of Middle and Upper School,
    Middle and Upper School History
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 335
    stharp@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Michigan State University, MS.Ed. Baker University.

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School,
    Music
    Phone: (417) 781-5124 ext.326
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University.

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  • Chris Myers

    Athletic Director,
    Buildings and Grounds Director,
    Boys Basketball and Boys Golf Coach
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 226
    cmyers@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University.

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  • Alana Hickman

    Executive Assistant, Registrar
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 229
    ahickman@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Truman State University.

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  • Debie Donica

    Business Manager
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 223
    ddonica@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University.

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  • Terri Davidson

    School Receptionist
    tdavidson@tjeffschool.org

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  • Brent Pankey

    Plant Manager
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 235
    bpankey@tjeffschool.org

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  • Clayton Dunaway

    Director of Student Recruiting & Admission
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 341
    cdunaway@tjeffschool.org
    B.M.E. Pittsburg State University, M.M. Missouri State University, D.A. Ball State University .

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  • Paula Briley

    Nutritional Coordinator
    pbriley@tjeffschool.org

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  • Matt Fussell

    Information Systems Support Technician,
    Upper School Coding
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 238
    mfussell@tjeffschool.org
    B.G.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Robert Carlson

    Director of Communications & Technology, Middle and Upper School Applied Programming – Robotics
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 240
    rcarlson@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pennsylvania State University, M.L.A Johns Hopkins University, Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification Villanova University.

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  • Shauna Tharp

    Director of Middle and Upper School,
    Middle and Upper School History
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 335
    stharp@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Michigan State University, MS.Ed. Baker University.

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  • John Atteberry

    Vocal & Instrumental Music
    Concert Hall Director
    jatteberry@tjeffschool.org

    B.M. University of Missouri, M.M Rutgers University.

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  • Amanda Almich

    Middle & Upper School Art
    Library
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org

    B.F.A. William Woods University.

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  • Shannon Bickford

    Middle & Upper School Science
    Middle School Academic Bowl Team Coach
    sbickford@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Missouri Southern State University.

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  • Paula Bohm

    Middle & Upper School Mathematics
    pbohm@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. University of Texas-San Antonio, M.S. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Robert Carlson

    Director of Communications & Technology, Middle and Upper School Applied Programming – Robotics
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 240
    rcarlson@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pennsylvania State University, M.L.A Johns Hopkins University, Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification Villanova University.

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  • Gelmis Cole

    Middle & Upper School Spanish Language
    gcole@tjeffschool.org</a

    B.A. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Rebecca Cutler

    Lower, Middle, & Upper School Strings
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Pittsburg State University, M.M Illinois State University.

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  • Erin Fledderman

    Middle & Upper School Science
    efledderman@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Marian College.

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  • David Harris

    Middle & Upper School History
    dharris@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Hendrix College,  M.A. University of Central Arkansas.

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  • Becky Hendrickson

    Middle & Upper School Mathematics
    bhendrickson@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Pennsylvania State University, M.A.T. Quinnipiac College.

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  • Gabbrielle Heth

    Middle & Upper School English
    gheth@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Missouri Southern State University, M.A. Missouri State University.

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  • Sam Jack

    Middle & Upper School Mathematics
    sjack@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Missouri Southern State University, M.A. Emporia State University.

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  • Brittany Legwold

    Middle & Upper School History
    blegwold@tjeffschool.org
    B.A.University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. University of Chicago

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  • Zina Lewis

    Middle & Upper School Latin
    zlewis@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Monmouth College, M.A. University of Iowa.

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  • Fang Martin

    Middle & Upper School Chinese Language
    fmartin@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. University of Central Oklahoma,  M.A. Missouri State University.

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  • Chris Nash

    Middle & Upper School History
    cnash@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Southwest Baptist University, M.A. Missouri State University.

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  • Richard Phipps, PhD

    Middle & Upper School Biology & Anatomy
    rphipps@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. University of Maine, M.S. University of Massachusetts, and PhD Iowa State University.

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  • Ursula Rincker

    Librarian
    urincker@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. University of Kansas

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  • Dan Rogers

    Dean of Students
    Middle School Physical Education,
    Upper School Girls Basketball Coach
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 334
    drogers@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. William Jewell College, M.S. William Woods University.

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  • Christopher Rupar, PhD

    Middle & Upper School Science, Chemistry, & Physics
    crupar@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Missouri Southern State University, PhD University of Arkansas.

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  • Daniel Tharp

    Middle & Upper School English
    dtharp@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. and M.A. Pittsburg State University, M.F.A. University of Notre Dame.

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School,
    Music
    Phone: (417) 781-5124 ext.326
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University.

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  • Henry Yukevich, PhD

    Middle & Upper School English
    Upper School Boys Basketball Assistant Coach
    hyukevich@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Grove City College, M.A. University of Dayton, and PhD  Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Shauna Tharp

    Director of Middle and Upper School,
    Middle and Upper School History
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 335
    stharp@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Michigan State University, MS.Ed. Baker University.

    Read More
  • John Atteberry

    Vocal & Instrumental Music
    Concert Hall Director
    jatteberry@tjeffschool.org

    B.M. University of Missouri, M.M Rutgers University.

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  • Amanda Almich

    Middle & Upper School Art
    Library
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org

    B.F.A. William Woods University.

    Read More
  • Shannon Bickford

    Middle & Upper School Science
    Middle School Academic Bowl Team Coach
    sbickford@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Missouri Southern State University.

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  • Paula Bohm

    Middle & Upper School Mathematics
    pbohm@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. University of Texas-San Antonio, M.S. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Robert Carlson

    Director of Communications & Technology, Middle and Upper School Applied Programming – Robotics
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 240
    rcarlson@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pennsylvania State University, M.L.A Johns Hopkins University, Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification Villanova University.

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  • Gelmis Cole

    Middle & Upper School Spanish Language
    gcole@tjeffschool.org</a

    B.A. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Mark Cole

    Lower & Upper School Art & Publications
    mcole@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Missouri Southern State University, M.A. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Rebecca Cutler

    Lower, Middle, & Upper School Strings
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Pittsburg State University, M.M Illinois State University.

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  • Erin Fledderman

    Middle & Upper School Science
    efledderman@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Marian College.

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  • David Harris

    Middle & Upper School History
    dharris@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Hendrix College,  M.A. University of Central Arkansas.

    Read More
  • Becky Hendrickson

    Middle & Upper School Mathematics
    bhendrickson@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Pennsylvania State University, M.A.T. Quinnipiac College.

    Read More
  • Gabbrielle Heth

    Middle & Upper School English
    gheth@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Missouri Southern State University, M.A. Missouri State University.

    Read More
  • Sam Jack

    Middle & Upper School Mathematics
    sjack@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Missouri Southern State University, M.A. Emporia State University.

    Read More
  • Brittany Legwold

    Middle & Upper School History
    blegwold@tjeffschool.org
    B.A.University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. University of Chicago

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  • Zina Lewis

    Middle & Upper School Latin
    zlewis@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Monmouth College, M.A. University of Iowa.

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  • Fang Martin

    Middle & Upper School Chinese Language
    fmartin@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. University of Central Oklahoma,  M.A. Missouri State University.

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  • Chris Nash

    Middle & Upper School History
    cnash@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Southwest Baptist University, M.A. Missouri State University.

    Read More
  • Richard Phipps, PhD

    Middle & Upper School Biology & Anatomy
    rphipps@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. University of Maine, M.S. University of Massachusetts, and PhD Iowa State University.

    Read More
  • Ursula Rincker

    Librarian
    urincker@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. University of Kansas

    Read More
  • Christopher Rupar, PhD

    Middle & Upper School Science, Chemistry, & Physics
    crupar@tjeffschool.org

    B.S. Missouri Southern State University, PhD University of Arkansas.

    Read More
  • Daniel Tharp

    Middle & Upper School English
    dtharp@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. and M.A. Pittsburg State University, M.F.A. University of Notre Dame.

    Read More
  • Henry Yukevich, PhD

    Middle & Upper School English
    Upper School Boys Basketball Assistant Coach
    hyukevich@tjeffschool.org

    B.A. Grove City College, M.A. University of Dayton, and PhD  Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Read More
  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School,
    Music
    Phone: (417) 781-5124 ext.326
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University.

    Read More
  • Matt Fussell

    Information Systems Support Technician,
    Upper School Coding
    Phone: 417-781-5124 ext. 238
    mfussell@tjeffschool.org
    B.G.S. Missouri Southern State University

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