Melissa Wakefield

Melissa Wakefield

I have received two Bachelor’s of Science from SEMO, one in Political Science and one in Education. I taught in Missouri’s public school system since 1998,. I began my career in education by teaching GED in the Prison system. I loved the idea of the Excel center since I heard about it. I see a…

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Sam Rather

Sam Rather

Mother of 4 who worked as a Pediatric Nurse for 9 years before finding her passion working with children in a different setting at The Excel Center Daycare. I chose this job because I love how the Excel Center took one of the main reasons why students drop out of school or never return which…

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Kim King

Education: Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management from Missouri State University; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Emphasis in Mathematics, Spanish, Language Arts from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I have a vast job history which has lead me to the Excel Center and I still have a list of professions that I…

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John Kennedy

John Kennedy

Entering fourth year at the Excel Center and teaches high school courses in English, theatre, and dual credit courses in history, religion, and English. Trained as a historian of religion at the University of Iowa and is completing a graduate certificate in English at Western New Mexico University. Enjoys introducing students to the rigors of…

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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Attended Harding University and MSU earning a MSW. I will have spent 16 years (in July) with MERS/Goodwill. I love working for The Excel Center, because it is a life changing endeavor for our students. I love being a part of something bigger that will affect generations to come, reversing poverty, charting new courses, it…

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Heather Harden

Heather Harden

My name is Heather Harden, I am the College and Career Readiness Specialist at The Excel Center. I came to The Excel Center with 20 years of public school experience, ranging from early childhood education, middle school classroom teacher, Title I Reading teacher, Federal Programs Director, to K-12 Principal. In my current position, it is…

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Jo Hamilton

Jo Hamilton

Studied at: Missouri State University and University of Kansas. Previously employed at: Charleston High School in Charleston MO; performed student teaching at Parkview in Springfield under M. House. I enjoy working for Goodwill because I’m afforded autonomy and support, both personally and professionally. Employers are willing to discuss curriculum changes and ideas, respectful of identity…

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Matt Gravelin

Matt Gravelin

B.S. Ed Missouri State University “The Excel Center is a great place for a second chance at education.”

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Tracy Glenn

Tracy Glenn

Been with MERS Goodwill for 12 years. Attended: North Arkansas College, Missouri State University, Drury University. “I love being a small part of an organization that allows me to serve in a variety of different roles.”

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David Ely

David Ely

I attended high school at Perryville High School in Perryville, Missouri. Received my B.A. in Pastoral Ministries at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. I am now teaching in my 3rd year at the Goodwill Excel Center. I truly enjoy teaching the amazing students at our facility, and working with the great staff and leadership…

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