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Carol Miller

Carol Miller

Carol D. Miller attended the University of Southeast Missouri State University and received a bachelor's in Social Work. She has been employed at MERS Goodwill Industries for twenty-seven years. Joining the Excel Center team as a Life Coach has been a very fulfilling experience. She will continue to strive to empower and educate all her former and current students.

Carin Young

Carin Young

Excel SkillUP Service Specialist
Brittany Meyer

Brittany Meyer

Brittany loves working for the Excel Center because she believes education is the key to being able to advance and change your situation. She knows that there are many reasons people were unable to complete high school in a traditional setting, and she loves being part of a caring team that allows students a second chance. She feels lucky to get to watch her students accomplish their goals at the Excel Center, and beyond graduation.

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Blane Keel

Blane is the Director of the Excel Center in Poplar Bluff since its beginning in October of 2018.  As a public school educator he taught science, coached baseball and basketball, was a high school principal and retired as a superintendent after 30 years.Blane enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, enjoying many outdoor activities and working on old cars.

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Beth Fox

Beth Fox is the Career and Readiness Coach at the Poplar Bluff Excel Center. She was a counselor at Three Rivers College for 18 years and taught high school English for 11 years before retiring in 2019. She joined the Excel staff in 2019. Beth enjoys spending time on the Current River, at the beach, and playing golf. She and her husband Bobby have four children and a perfect pup named Luna.

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 gives hope, and helps people imagine, explore, and accomplish their goals!

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Amanda Robbins

Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in English Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. For five years she taught English for grades 9-12 at Leopold High School. She has been with the Excel Center since 2018 teaching English, social studies, and dual credit courses. She has also been an officer and active member of the Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association since 2014 and has led various panels and roundtables on techniques of teaching English. She reads fiction submissions at The Big Muddy journal and is a guest editor at The Cape Rock journal. She also writes her own fiction and poetry and has 18 publications in various journals.

Alanna Booth

Alanna Booth

Education: B.S. Child and Family Development & M.S. Human Development and Family Science- University of Central Missouri (UCM)
Previous background: WIOA Youth Career Specialist and Employment Specialist

Abby Courtney

Abby Courtney

M.A. Leadership and Policy Analysis- Univ. of MO, B.S.ed Secondary English-Univ. of MO