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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.

Angie Werkmeister

Angie Werkmeister

College and Career Readiness

Angie earned her BS in Education at Missouri State University and her MA in Computer Studies in Education at Webster University. She has taught for 28 years, most of which were teaching Middle School Math in the Fox C-6 School District.
I am excited to be a part of the Excel Center and am passionate about helping students succeed with their goals in furthering their education or a career. I am truly blessed with this opportunity to help our students and community!

Anastasia Hercules

Anastasia Hercules

Social Studies Instructor

Anastasia Hercules-Stone has worked in secondary education for 13 years before arriving to the Goodwill Excel Center. Although she is a St. Louis area native, she has her degrees (BS in history with a minor in literature and MA in education) from the University of Southern Indiana. She also has her National Board Certification and has completed a Fulbright study abroad program, and IREX teacher exchange to India, a cultural immersion experience in Trinidad and presented at the National Council for the Social Studies. She is married with 2 step children. She loves to be outside and travel (16 countries and counting) and sharing her global perspectives and experiences with her students in her social studies classes. “Being a nerd is my superpower! I love sharing what I learned with my students and teaching adults that are coming back to school to learn and better themselves and the lives of their families.”

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

I attended Harding University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, and completed my graduate work at MSU, and earned a Master's Degree in Social Work. I began my career with MERS/Goodwill in 2005 as a Vocational Evaluator. I began with The Excel Center in 2018. I love working for The Excel Center, because it is a life changing endeavor for our students. I am honored to be a part of something bigger that will affect generations to come, reverse poverty, and chart new courses! The diploma that comes with our education 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.

Abby Courtney

Abby Courtney

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