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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

Renee Dawson

Renee Dawson

I attended Weller Elementary, Pipkin Junior High School. I am currently working on my degree in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis on trauma and crisis. I enjoy helping people overcome barriers, see their personal value, and reach their personal and professional goals. I enjoy working at The Excel Center because we are all…

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…

Tracy Glenn

Tracy Glenn

Community Outreach Coordinator/IRC Instructor

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.”

Matt Gravelin

Matt Gravelin

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

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…

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…

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…

John Kennedy

John Kennedy

Springfield Director | Humanities, Fine Arts, Dual Credit

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…

Kim-King

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…