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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.

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

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, Lower School Language Arts teacher

  • Stephanie Myers

    Pre-Kindergarten
    smyers@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Southwest Baptist University.

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  • Gretchan Moss

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
    gmoss@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Colorado Christian University

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  • Michele Dunker

    Kindergarten
    mdunker@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University and training through Gesell Institute of Child Development.

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  • Amanda Beard

    Kindergarten,
    Upper School Cheer Coach
    abeard@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School, Music
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University,
    M.Ed. William Woods University

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  • David DeWelt

    Pre-K – 5th Grade Spanish
    ddewelt@tjeffschool.org
    BBL Ozark Christian College
    M.Ed. Hope International University

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  • Amanda Almich

    Pre-K to 4th Grade Art, Theater
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org
    B.F.A. William Woods University.

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  • Lindsey Showalter

    EC/LS PE, MS Volleyball Coach and
    US Asst. Basketball Coach
    lshowalter@tjeffschool.org
    B.S.W Missouri Southern State University

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  • Stephanie Francis

    1st & 2nd Grade
    sfrancis@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University,
    M.S. Missouri State University

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  • Kerri Myers

    1st and 2nd Grade Teacher,
    Middle School Tennis Coach
    kmyers2@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Jan Bradshaw

    3rd Grade
    jbradshaw@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. and M.S. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Clayton Carnahan

    4th and 5th Grade,
    MS/US Track and Cross Country Coach
    ccarnahan@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University,
    M.A. Missouri State University

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  • Mary Arnold

    3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade
    marnold@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University, M.S. Southwest Missouri State University.

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  • April Billings

    Lower School Math
    abillings@tjeffschool.org
    A.A. Ozark Christian College,
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University
    M.A. Walden University

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  • Margot Patterson

    1st-5th Grade Technology,
    3rd – 5th Grade Science
    mpatterson@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Drury University, M.L.I.S. Dominican University.

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  • David DeWelt

    Pre-K – 5th Grade Spanish
    ddewelt@tjeffschool.org
    BBL Ozark Christian College
    M.Ed. Hope International 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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  • Rebecca Cutler-Metzger

    Lower, Middle, & Upper School Strings,
    3rd and 4th grade General Music
    rcutler@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pittsburg State University, M.M Illinois State University.

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  • Amanda Almich

    Pre-K to 4th Grade Art, Theater
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org
    B.F.A. William Woods University.

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School, Music
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University,
    M.Ed. William Woods University

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  • Lindsey Showalter

    EC/LS PE, MS Volleyball Coach and
    US Asst. Basketball Coach
    lshowalter@tjeffschool.org
    B.S.W Missouri Southern State University

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  • Ursula Rincker

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

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  • Shauna Tharp

    Director of Middle and Upper School,
    Middle and Upper School History
    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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  • Lia Wu

    Middle and Upper School English
    lwu@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Rice 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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  • David Harris

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

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  • Christopher Rupar, Ph D.

    Middle & Upper School Science, Chemistry, & Physics
    crupar@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph D. University of Arkansas.

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  • Charles Curtis, Ph D.

    US Math
    ccurtis@tjeffschool.org
    B.S., M.S., Ph. D., University of Washington

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  • Syeda Greenlee

    Middle and Upper School Mathematics
    sgreenlee@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri State University,
    M.S. Arkansas State University,
    Ed. Specialist Southwest Baptist University

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  • Katherine Lynch

    Middle and Upper School Mathematics
    klynch@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University,
    M.S. Pittsburg State University

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  • Chloe Spencer

    MS/US History
    cspencer@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Beloit College, M.Ed. University of Bath, M.Ed. Wisconsin Lutheran College

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  • Shannon Bickford

    Middle & Upper School Science
    MS Academic Bowl Team Coach
    sbickford@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Erin Fledderman

    Middle & Upper School Science
    efledderman@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Marian College.

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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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  • Gelmis Cole

    Middle & Upper School Spanish Language
    gcole@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pittsburg State University.

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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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  • Johhny Wu

    Middle & Upper School Chinese Language
    jwu@tjeffschool.org
    M.A. University of Manchester,  M.A. Michigan State University,
    B.A. Chengdu University

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  • Natalie Wiseman

    Middle and Upper School Art
    nwiseman@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Robert Carlson

    Director of Communications & Technology, Middle and Upper School Applied Programming – Robotics
    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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  • Rebecca Cutler-Metzger

    Lower, Middle, & Upper School Strings,
    3rd and 4th grade General Music
    rcutler@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pittsburg State University, M.M Illinois State University.

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  • Amanda Almich

    Pre-K to 4th Grade Art, Theater
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org
    B.F.A. William Woods University.

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  • Lindsey Showalter

    EC/LS PE, MS Volleyball Coach and
    US Asst. Basketball Coach
    lshowalter@tjeffschool.org
    B.S.W Missouri Southern State University

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  • Kerri Myers

    1st and 2nd Grade Teacher,
    Middle School Tennis Coach
    kmyers2@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Traci Walker

    MS/US PE, US Head Girls Basketball Coach,
    MS/US Track Coach
    twalker@tjeffschool.org
    B.S Missouri Southern State University

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School, Music
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University,
    M.Ed. William Woods University

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  • Clayton Carnahan

    4th and 5th Grade,
    MS/US Track and Cross Country Coach
    ccarnahan@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University,
    M.A. Missouri State University

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  • Shauna Tharp

    Director of Middle and Upper School,
    Middle and Upper School History
    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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  • Lia Wu

    Middle and Upper School English
    lwu@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Rice 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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  • David Harris

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

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  • Christopher Rupar, Ph D.

    Middle & Upper School Science, Chemistry, & Physics
    crupar@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph D. University of Arkansas.

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  • Charles Curtis, Ph D.

    US Math
    ccurtis@tjeffschool.org
    B.S., M.S., Ph. D., University of Washington

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  • Chloe Spencer

    MS/US History
    cspencer@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Beloit College, M.Ed. University of Bath, M.Ed. Wisconsin Lutheran College

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  • Katherine Lynch

    Middle and Upper School Mathematics
    klynch@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University,
    M.S. Pittsburg State University

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  • Johhny Wu

    Middle & Upper School Chinese Language
    jwu@tjeffschool.org
    M.A. University of Manchester,  M.A. Michigan State University,
    B.A. Chengdu University

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  • Syeda Greenlee

    Middle and Upper School Mathematics
    sgreenlee@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri State University,
    M.S. Arkansas State University,
    Ed. Specialist Southwest Baptist University

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  • Shannon Bickford

    Middle & Upper School Science
    MS Academic Bowl Team Coach
    sbickford@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University

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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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  • Zina Lewis

    Middle & Upper School Latin
    zlewis@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Monmouth College, M.A. University of Iowa

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  • Robert Carlson

    Director of Communications & Technology, Middle and Upper School Applied Programming – Robotics
    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
    B.A. Pittsburg State University.

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  • Amanda Almich

    Pre-K to 4th Grade Art, Theater
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org
    B.F.A. William Woods University.

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  • Erin Fledderman

    Middle & Upper School Science
    efledderman@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Marian College.

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  • Natalie Wiseman

    Middle and Upper School Art
    nwiseman@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Rebecca Cutler-Metzger

    Lower, Middle, & Upper School Strings,
    3rd and 4th grade General Music
    rcutler@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pittsburg State University, M.M Illinois State University.

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  • Matt Fussell

    Information Systems Support Technician,
    Upper School Coding
    mfussell@tjeffschool.org
    B.G.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Mark Cole

    Publications, Graphic Designer
    mcole@tjeffschool.org

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

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School, Music
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University,
    M.Ed. William Woods University

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  • Lindsey Showalter

    EC/LS PE, MS Volleyball Coach and
    US Asst. Basketball Coach
    lshowalter@tjeffschool.org
    B.S.W Missouri Southern State University

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  • Traci Walker

    MS/US PE, US Head Girls Basketball Coach,
    MS/US Track Coach
    twalker@tjeffschool.org
    B.S Missouri Southern State University

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  • Clayton Carnahan

    4th and 5th Grade,
    MS/US Track and Cross Country Coach
    ccarnahan@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University,
    M.A. Missouri State University

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  • Laura McDonald

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

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  • Georgia Beauchamp

    Director of Student Recruiting and Admissions
    gbeauchamp@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Asbury University

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  • Shauna Tharp

    Director of Middle and Upper School,
    Middle and Upper School History
    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
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University,
    M.Ed. William Woods University

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  • Chris Myers

    Athletic Director,
    Buildings and Grounds Director,
    Boys Basketball and Boys Golf Coach
    cmyers@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University.

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  • Debie Donica

    Business Manager
    ddonica@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University.

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  • Jeff Almich

    Plant Manager
    jalmich@tjeffschool.org

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  • Terri Davidson

    School Receptionist
    tdavidson@tjeffschool.org

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  • Matt Fussell

    Information Systems Support Technician,
    Upper School Coding
    mfussell@tjeffschool.org
    B.G.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Alexandra O’Dell

    Director of Development
    aodell@tjeffschool.org
    B.S. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Robert Carlson

    Director of Communications & Technology, Middle and Upper School Applied Programming – Robotics
    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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  • John Atteberry

    Vocal & Instrumental Music
    Concert Hall Director
    jatteberry@tjeffschool.org
    B.M. University of Missouri, M.M Rutgers University.

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  • Molly Williams

    Director of Early Childhood & Lower School, Music
    mwilliams@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Northwestern University,
    M.Ed. William Woods University

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  • Rebecca Cutler-Metzger

    Lower, Middle, & Upper School Strings,
    3rd and 4th grade General Music
    rcutler@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Pittsburg State University, M.M Illinois State University.

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  • Natalie Wiseman

    Middle and Upper School Art
    nwiseman@tjeffschool.org
    B.A. Missouri Southern State University

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  • Amanda Almich

    Pre-K to 4th Grade Art, Theater
    aalmich@tjeffschool.org
    B.F.A. William Woods University.

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