June 3, 2014
Subject: School of the Ozarks Lower School Update
The School of the Ozarks Lower School is getting closer each day to opening. College of the Ozarks recently hired the Assistant Headmaster, K-8 Curriculum Director/Lead Teacher, and six instructors for the School of the Ozarks lower grades.
"The College is pleased with the caliber of teachers we were able to hire for School of the Ozarks. In addition, we are proud to promote Mr. Scott McElvain to the assistant headmaster position, who has proven to be an excellent servant leader to students, faculty, and staff," said Dean of Character Education Dr. Sue Head, who oversees S of O.
The College named Scott McElvain as the Assistant Headmaster. He earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from College of the Ozarks and his master’s degree from Evangel University in organizational leadership. McElvain has served as the Director of Student Life since School of the Ozarks reopened in the fall of 2012.
Jenny Carey has been appointed as the K-8 Curriculum Director/Lead Teacher/6th grade instructor. Carey earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest Baptist University and is nearing completion of a master’s degree in gifted education at Drury University.
All of the K-6 grade instructor positions have been filled as well. Nicole Pyatt will teach kindergarten. She recently earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.
Tana Whited has been hired as the first grade instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from College of the Ozarks and has been employed as a teacher at Trinity Christian Academy in Hollister, Missouri.
Chrissy Martin will teach second grade. She earned her bachelor’s degree from College of the Ozarks and her master’s degree from Southwest Baptist University. Martin just finished serving as a teacher at Hilltop Preschool.
The College hired Mary Kay Janke as the S of O third grade instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and just finished serving as a teacher at the Homeschool Learning League in Branson, Missouri. Janke also serves as the Transportation Coordinator and Schedule Manager for Kids Across America Kamp in Branson.
Kristen Kelly has been hired as the fourth grade instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and will graduate from John Brown University with a master’s degree in leadership and ethics December 2014.
Ian Mosely will teach fifth grade. He received his degree in ancient studies from Washington University. Prior to his hiring at S of O, Mosely taught at Grace Classical Academy in Springfield, Missouri, and Ozarks Academy, also located in Springfield.
School of the Ozarks opened with grades 9-12 in fall of 2012. It mirrors the mission and vision of College of the Ozarks by offering a quality, Christian education to deserving young people from the Ozarks region, who do not have the financial means to procure such training. No tuition is charged. S of O students participate in a work education program by doing daily chores, such as cleaning up after lunch. Students in the lower grades will be asked to perform age-appropriate tasks, such as cleaning their desks and emptying the trash.
The new Lower School will be located in the top floor of the Youngman Agricultural Center. The Construction Department began remodeling the space in January and is nearing completion.