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. 

Mr. CollierEmployee of the Month - August 2018September 2018 - Employee of the MonthEmployee of the Month - Oct 2018Employee of the Month - Dec. 2018Employees of the Month - Jan 2019Mrs. Wittmaier - Feb. employee of the monthEmployee of the monthEmployee of the Month - AprilEmployee of the Month - May

May 2018 Teacher of the Month

Employee of the Month - August 2018

September 2018 - Employee of the Month

Mrs. Schmidt - October Employee of the Month

Mrs. Janvrin - Dec. employee of the month 2018

Employees of the Month - Jan 2019

Mrs. Wittmaier - Feb. Employee of the Month

August 2018 - Mrs. Nelson


 I chose to embrace teaching as a profession after many years in the business world and realizing that I was usually put in the position to teach and train new employees. When my children were growing up I began helping in their elementary schools and started taking classes in education.  One of my professors talked to me about teaching math in the secondary school setting.  She was a driving force in helping choose middle school math. 

There are an abundance of enjoyable aspects of my profession.  First and foremost, I love mathematics and I hope that love is contagious for students. I look at math as a puzzle and who doesn't love puzzles.  Math is a subject that makes students problem solve, and in life problem solving is essential.  I enjoy the middle school students because they teach me new things every day.  I love to see the student's math understanding grow and flourish throughout the year.  I enjoy seeing students come back and tell me how well they are doing once they are out of middle school.  Warrensburg Middle School is a wonderful place to work with a supportive fun staff.  The math department is a great group who respect and help each other.  The Voyager team is like my second family and they make coming to work exciting because I never know what the day might bring.

September 2018 - Mrs. Lancaster

I have wanted to be a teacher since 4th grade. I never imagined working with middle school school aged students, but now I wouldn't have it any other way. They are witty, creative, fun, and passionate young people. I am definitely blessed!

October 2018 - Mrs. Schmidt

My parents were both teachers along with many of my aunts, uncles and my grandmother.  As a child, I loved listening to my mother tell stories about how my grandfather always asked my grandmother why the most difficult students were the first ones to speak to her.  According to my mother, the reply from my grandmother was always something to the effect of those were the ones she worked with the hardest. I aspire to be that person for my students.  Not only was I inspired to become an educator by my family, I was also inspired my many of my teachers.  My first grade teacher still texts me and spoils my children and me on many occasions, my 7th grade language arts teacher who opened my eyes to the world outside of Oak Grove Middle School, the high school Missouri History teacher who taught this very quiet introverted student to introduce myself to others and how to properly shake hands.  All of these and many more were inspirations to me.  I hope I can give that inspiration to my students as well.

November 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."


December 2018 - Mrs. Janvrin

I really feel like Education called me.  Since I was a child (like 5), I knew I was going to be a teacher.  I loved and still love everything about a school.  Being in a school gives me much joy.  I thought for a long time that the reason I wanted to be a teacher was because my mom was a teacher and many other family members.   However, I thought about other jobs.  Nothing I studied felt right until I started classes in education and began teaching at a preschool during my Christmas breaks.  Once I started, I never have looked back.  I love it!!  I have enjoyed every job and every grade level I have taught (from high school to elementary).

January 2018 - Lunch Ladies

These ladies have expressed how much they enjoy working around the middle school students. They definitely help make WMS a great place to be!

February 2019 - Mrs. Wittmaier

I chose teaching because students are great--what other job makes you laugh every single day? Of course there are sad moments, and times when I have to be the bad guy, but overall, kids are just a blast to be around.

March 2019 - Mrs. Sweitzer

I came to the school district for the hours.  Previously I worked at CMCCU as member services supervisor which required longer hours.  At the time I still had an 8th grader and a sophomore in high school.

April 2019 - Mrs. Sullivan

I have been a registered nurse for 25 years, most of those spent in the hospital setting in the NICU, OB and OR. I was blessed for many years being able to work primarily weekends while my girls were little. As I became more involved with my daughters at school, I started volunteering at the annual health fairs. My now AMAZING boss (Karen Malsy) tried for years to get me to become a substitute nurse in the district, which I finally agreed to do in December 2017. I worked a lot as the "second" nurse alongside Natalie Sams here at WMS, and I fell in love with the job. When the full time job posted unexpectedly last summer, I knew it was a sign that WMS would be my new home. I have been blessed to work under the wings of my fellow school nurses, with an incredibly supportive boss, and alongside the best teachers/staff I could ever imagine. In a sense, I have gone from being a mother of 2 to a mother of 803. I absolutely love my job, and feel incredibly honored to have been nominated as employee of the month!

​May 2019 - Mrs. Mahl

I got into Education because I wanted to build students' confidence in math.  I wanted students to be successful and know that education could open up the world for them.

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.

Andrea Nelson

10:06 AM (38 minutes ago)
to me
 I chose to embrace teaching as a profession after many years in the business world and realizing that I was usually put in the position to teach and train new employees. When my children were growing up I began helping in their elementary schools and started taking classes in education.  One of my professors talked to me about teaching math in the secondary school setting.  She was a driving force in helping choose middle school math. 
There are an abundance of enjoyable aspects of my profession.  First and foremost, I love mathematics and I hope that love is contagious for students. I look at math as a puzzle and who doesn't love puzzles.  Math is a subject that makes students problem solve, and in life problem solving is essential.  I enjoy the middle school students because they teach me new things every day.  I love to see the student's math understanding grow and flourish throughout the year.  I enjoy seeing students come back and tell me how well they are doing once they are out of middle school.  Warrensburg Middle School is a wonderful place to work with a supportive fun staff.  The math department is a great group who respect and help each other.  The Voyager team is like my second family and they make coming to work exciting because I never know what the day might bring. 

Andrea Nelson

10:06 AM (38 minutes ago)
to me
 I chose to embrace teaching as a profession after many years in the business world and realizing that I was usually put in the position to teach and train new employees. When my children were growing up I began helping in their elementary schools and started taking classes in education.  One of my professors talked to me about teaching math in the secondary school setting.  She was a driving force in helping choose middle school math. 
There are an abundance of enjoyable aspects of my profession.  First and foremost, I love mathematics and I hope that love is contagious for students. I look at math as a puzzle and who doesn't love puzzles.  Math is a subject that makes students problem solve, and in life problem solving is essential.  I enjoy the middle school students because they teach me new things every day.  I love to see the student's math understanding grow and flourish throughout the year.  I enjoy seeing students come back and tell me how well they are doing once they are out of middle school.  Warrensburg Middle School is a wonderful place to work with a supportive fun staff.  The math department is a great group who respect and help each other.  The Voyager team is like my second family and they make coming to work exciting because I never know what the day might bring. 

Victoria Wittmaier

Feb 26, 2019, 8:45 AM (8 days ago)
to me
I chose teaching because students are great--what other job makes you laugh every single day? Of course there are sad moments, and times when I have to be the bad guy, but overall, kids are just a blast to be around.

Victoria Wittmaier

Feb 26, 2019, 8:45 AM (8 days ago)
to me
I chose teaching because students are great--what other job makes you laugh every single day? Of course there are sad moments, and times when I have to be the bad guy, but overall, kids are just a blast to be around.

Victoria Wittmaier

Feb 26, 2019, 8:45 AM (8 days ago)
to me
I chose teaching because students are great--what other job makes you laugh every single day? Of course there are sad moments, and times when I have to be the bad guy, but overall, kids are just a blast to be around.