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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 here. I have had the privilege to teach Math Lab, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, Applied Mathematics, Comp and Film, Music Appreciation, Health, and Physical Fitness.
I have been with MERS Goodwill since 2009. During my time with MERS Goodwill, I have been able to serve in a few different roles and most recently as Career Center Director. I also currently facilitate the IRC certifications of Microsoft Office Specialist and Customer Service. I have attended North Arkansas College, Missouri State University, and Drury University.
"I love being a part of an organization that builds a stronger community by giving program participants an opportunity to finish their high school education and achieve their dream careers."
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 and knowledge.
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 my job to work with students in their last few terms guiding them towards post-graduation opportunities such as college, job search, or Industry Recognized Certifications. I truly feel like I have found my passion working with our adult students in changing lives and creating brighter futures.
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!
Ph.D. University of Iowa; M.Ed. Framingham State University; M.A. Missouri State University; Grad. Cert. Western New Mexico State University; B.A. Missouri State University
John has served as director of the Excel Center in Springfield since 2021. Previously, he taught high school courses in English and theatre and dual credit courses in history and religion at the Excel Center.
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 am interested in possibly pursuing when "I grow up". I am an educator by heart, education, and profession. I enjoy meeting new people, fostering friendships, educating people, and learning new things every day. I love spending time traveling and experiencing life's moments with family and friends.
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 is childcare, and took that barrier into consideration by creating a free onsite daycare for our students. At that moment I knew this program was exactly what I wanted to be a part of!
Mother of two, soon to be three. I have worked with the Excel Center Daycare for 4 years and have been the lead teacher for 3. I love being able to help the children learn and play while their parents are working on getting their education.