Employee of the Month

Welcome to our Employee of the Month album! Here you will see staff members of WMS that have shown fantastic commitment to the education and development of students. Earning Employee of the month gets a sign that marks off a parking spot specifically for that employee and not only will you see a picture of these people but you will hear about them, how they got into education, and what about education they enjoy the most. 

Aug Employee of the Month!Mr. Lockwood-September Employee of the MonthMrs. Engelhart-October Employee of the MonthMrs. WagonerMrs. MinorMrs. Othic- January Employee of the MonthMrs. Stillwell- February Employee of the MonthMrs. McAllister - March Employee of the MonthMr. Rosine - April Employee of the MonthMr. Collier

Mrs. Ritchhart- August 2017 Employee of the Month

Mr. Lockwood-September 2017 Employee of the Month

Mrs. Engelhart-October 2017 Employee of the Month

Mrs. Wagoner-November Employee of the Month

Mrs Minor- December Employee of the Month

Mrs. Othic- January Employee of the Month

Mrs. Stillwell- February Employee of the Month

Mrs. McAllister - March Employee of the Month

Mr. Rosine - April Employee of the Month

May 2018 Teacher of the Month

August 2017 - Mrs. Ritchhart

"Learning is fascinating!  I have always loved learning and teaching allows you to share the excitement of learning with others.  Being an educator allows you to be a guide for students to grow in knowledge and confidence.

I enjoy meeting new students and helping them grow academically and socially.  Education gives you to the opportunity to nurture others to become life-long learners.

September 2017 - Mr. Lockwood

"I chose to go into teaching because I sincerely think I can make a difference in the lives of the learners I work with.

What I most enjoy about teaching is the opportunity to inspire students, not only academically, but also personally. If you think back to when you were a child, I’m sure you can recall at least one teacher that really stood out and made a difference in your life. I love getting to be apart of that process."

October 2017 - Mrs. Englehart

"I chose to get into education because I enjoy helping young people set goals without limitations. It’s exciting to help them develop into their own person as a life-long learner.

What I most enjoy about education is that “light-bulb” moment, from my students, that keeps me working hard to help each child reach his or her goals. This moment is an everyday occurrence, therefore, I love my part in their accomplishments!"

November 2017 - Mrs. Wagoner

"I had some exceptional teachers in middle school that inspired me to go into education. Teaching history/geography to 6th graders is a natural fit for me. I truly enjoy my chosen profession!

I truly enjoy seeing students engaged in activities and using their problem-solving skills to find solutions for bettering our future. You can always find humor in the middle school setting and I thrive on laughter!" 

December 2017 - Mrs. Minor

"I was so fortunate to have some outstanding teachers during my elementary and high school days. My teachers were always my heroes! I couldn't wait to be a teacher when I grew up. It is hard work for sure, but the ability that educators have to impact students' lives is the best reward in the world. 

As a school counselor, I really focus on helping kids find strategies and learn skills to solve problems. When a student finds that power inside themselves to finally tackle a situation or make a much-needed change, that brings me joy!"

January 2018 - Mrs. Othic

"I love school and I love to learn! This is the main reason I chose to follow the education path. Because of many amazing teachers that have inspired me in the past, I've always wanted to be a teacher (since the 3rd grade). I love to help people and I love seeing others succeed. It wasn't until high school that I realized how much I loved math and it wasn't until college that I realized how much I loved middle school. 

I enjoy many things about education, from the excitement of learning new things to the success of accomplishing goals. WMS is a family of students and staff. I am very proud of how hard everyone works to make it such a great place. Education is also such a rewarding career. It's wonderful to see students "get it" after working so hard on a new concept or to have former students come back to share their successes."

February 2018 - Mrs. Stillwell

"My leap into education happened when Hollywood didn’t call, okay not really.  My journey to education was a process of being a child from the 70’s and 80’s watching educational programming like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, and the Walton’s. I am so grateful to my parents, who were great teachers and role models. The numerous opportunities my parents gave me to help others allowed me to develop strong beliefs about citizenship, community and the value of education.

I wanted life to have meaning and make it meaningful for others. 
I enjoy learning, hands-on activities and laugher. Teaching is about positive relationships with kids and having fun creating tomorrow's leaders."

March 2018 - Mrs. McAllister

"I always liked school as a kid. Teaching gives me the opportunity to keep learning. I mostly want to inspire my students to always look for opportunities to learn something new."

April 2018 - Mr. Rosine

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I didn't get into it until later in life. I thought I may have something to offer and I thought it was time to start giving back."

May 2018 - Mr. Collier

Just like the majority of my mother’s side of the family, I got into teaching because I loved to work with students and athletes. Throughout my life, I always enjoyed going to school and learning from teachers. I was born and raised in Warrensburg, Missouri and am very familiar with the school district. I had a wonderful experience as a student, and I absolutely adored all my teachers and coaches growing up in the Warrensburg R-VI School District. My mother and my grandfather were my biggest inspirations for becoming a teacher. I saw how each of them made a difference in the lives of their students, and I wanted to become just like them when I grew up. 

I believe the reason why I love teaching so much is that I get to develop positive relationships with my students, my athletes, and my colleagues. My whole philosophy of teaching and coaching is based on a quote from Maya Angelou, which states, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The bottom line is that I teach because I am still inspired by great teachers and coaches I had when I was a child. I understand that what we do as teachers and coaches every single day truly matters. 


I chose to get into education because I enjoy helping young people set goals without limitations. It’s exciting to help them develop into their own person as a life-long learner.
I chose to get into education because I enjoy helping young people set goals without limitations. It’s exciting to help them develop into their own person as a life-long learner.
I chose to get into education because I enjoy helping young people set goals without limitations. It’s exciting to help them develop into their own person as a life-long learner.