Stephanie Francis came to TJ after retiring from Joplin Schools in 2022. She taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade for 23 years. Mrs. Francis is married to MSSU Track Coach Jason Francis. They have 2 boys, Byler and Brogan Reither. Mrs. Francis received the Golden Apple for teaching in 2021 from the Joplin Chamber of Commerce, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Southwest Center.