The St. Joseph School District announced several changes in leadership for the 2018‐19 school year.
Mindi Richardson will join Mark Twain as principal. Richardson is currently the assistant principal at Oak Grove Elementary School. She brings 16 years of experience in education to her new role.
Before joining the St. Joseph School District in 2017, Richardson held teaching positions at Savannah R‐3 and Maysville R‐1.
Richardson has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Western State University and a master’s degree in administration from William Woods University. She replaces Dr. Suzanne Tiemann, who recently announced her resignation.
Chris Lake will fill the assistant principal position vacated by Richardson at Oak Grove.
Lake began his career in education as a 6th grade teacher for the SJSD in 2011. He taught in the Early Childhood Services Department for five years before moving to Hosea Elementary School as a Response to Intervention (RTI) math specialist. Currently, he works as an assessment advisor in the district’s Office of School Improvement.
Lake has a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in elementary education.
He is currently working on his master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University.
Mary Fleming has been named as the Early Childhood Services coordinator for the SJSD. She will replace Tammy Flowers who recently accepted a position with Springfield Public Schools.
Fleming has extensive experience with early childhood education in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Prior to joining the St. Joseph School District, she served as an early childhood teacher and special education teacher in the Lee’s Summit R‐7 School District.
Additionally, she has taught kindergarten and facilitated home visits through the Parents as Teachers program.
Fleming received her education specialist degree in elementary educational administration and her master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri‐Kansas City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rockhurst University.
The Board of Education approved all three hires during executive session at Monday’s meeting.
– St. Joseph School District Press Release –