Beth Houf, Fulton

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Beth Houf high-fiving students after being named Missouri National Distinguished Principal.

Beth Houf didn’t set out to be a middle school principal. She loved classroom teaching. But a couple of years of professional development through DESE’s STARR teacher program several years ago provided her with the opportunity to train teachers. Beth realized that teachers benefit from strong administrators and that administrators support teachers’ efforts to do Read More

Principal Jim Pritchett, Rolla

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Jim Pritchett

During his 25-year career in Missouri schools, Dr. Jim Pritchett has seen a lot of change in education and the world.  Information now travels lightning fast, and students can be bombarded by messages – both positive and not-so-positive – from hundreds of different sources. Pritchett, principal of Rolla High School, said one thing hasn’t changed, Read More

Administrator Spotlight – Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassville

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Dr. Asbill assisting student at computer

Cassville is tucked away in the southwest Missouri Ozarks, just a few miles from Roaring River State Park. It’s a picturesque community, but very small. Many similarly sized towns across the state struggle to attract qualified teachers to their school districts, but Cassville seems to have figured out how to address the challenge. They grow Read More

Administrator Spotlight – Dr. Duane Widhalm, Lebanon R-III

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Dr. Duane Widhalm, Lebanon R-III

Lebanon R-III is not immune to the challenges that many districts face across the country. Sixty-two percent of its students receive free or reduced-price lunch. There was a time when the district battled low graduation rates. But if you ask Lebanon R-III Superintendent Dr. Duane Widhalm what makes the district and community special to him, it’s simple. Read More