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Staff Bios

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Mrs. Amy Allen-Schuett

Mrs. Allen-Schuett is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. She has her Bachelors Degree in Middle School Math and Business from Northwest Missouri State and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from UMKC. She began her teaching career in the 1900s, 1999 to be exact. All 25 years have been between LMS and SVMS.

Mrs. Allen-Schuett states, "I enjoy working with middle school students because they have the best personalities and humor. My favorite part is when students use their creativity to program different apps."

She was a sprinter in college and turned into a distance runner as an adult. She has completed 13 marathons.

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Mrs. Heather Autem

Mrs. Autem is from Liberty. She has a MA in Special Education with a teaching certificate from UMKC. She began her teaching career 10 years ago and this is her 9th year at LMS.

Mrs. Autem states, "Teachers kept me on the straight and narrow after my mom passed away (I was a junior in high school), and they coached me at every new phase of my journey as an independent student. I enjoy the opportunity to do the same."

Mrs. Autem's fun fact is, she was an inline speed skater. In her spare time Mrs. Autem enjoys playing with her baby, yard work, writing stories, painting, and wood working in her spare time.

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Ms. Jen Bacon-6th Grade ELA

Ms. Bacon is from Chillicothe, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from Baker University, and a Specialist in Education Leadership from Northwest Missouri University.

She started her teaching career 21 years ago and has been at LMS for 2 years.

Ms. Bacon states, "The best part of working with students are the relationships we get to build. I love getting to know each and every one of our kids. It's awesome to watch them grow personally, academically, socially, and emotionally. They change so much from August to May. It's especially rewarding when you help students achieve that amazing ah-ha moment. I love being able to support students in their learning journey. The kiddos make every day fun and interesting!"

Ms. Bacon enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching her nieces and nephews play sports, and relaxing with a good book in her spare time. Her fun fact is she is scuba certified. In fact, she ran out of air the first night dive because it was so amazing she wasn't paying attention to her gauge.

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Mr. Kevin Baker

Mr. Baker teaches 7th grade social studies at Liberty Middle School. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & St. Louis. This is his 19th year teaching and his 18th year at LMS. He has a degree in secondary education from Mizzou. He enjoys working with middle schoolers because they make him laugh every day.

Mr. Baker knows a startling amount of sports trivia and enjoys traveling, reading, and watching sports in his spare time.

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Mrs. Heather Beaty- 6th Grade Science

Mrs. Beaty lived in Liberty until she was eleven, she then moved to Kearney and she is now back in Liberty. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Park University and a Master Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University. She began her teaching career 20 years ago and this is her first year at LMS. Mrs. Beaty states, "The kids make me laugh everyday. It's fun to learn and grow with them everyday." Mrs. Beaty plays coed indoor soccer on Saturdays at the Soccer Dome. She enjoys hiking, reading, and playing soccer in her spare time.

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Mrs. Brandy Borsutzky

Mrs. Borsutzky teaches 7th grade Liberty Middle School. She is from Liberty, Missouri. This is her 1st year teaching. She has a Masters in Special Education and attended Truman State University and UMSL.

She states, "I love the look on a students face when they feel understood. It's the most wonderful feeling to watch them take that confidence and then be successful in whatever they try."

Mrs. Borsutzky lived in Germany for 13 years and her family speaks German at home. She enjoys Hiking, RV camping, and baking cookies in her spare time.

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Mr. Gabe Brandolino - Paraprofessional

Mr. Brandolino is from Liberty. He went to Willian Jewell College and has his degree in Psychology. He has been working in education for 5 years and this is his 4th year at LMS. Mr. Brandolino runs the LMS gaming club and states, "The kids are super inspiring. Cool little folks who there is much to learn from." His fun fact is he only has one kidney and he enjoys gaming and climbing in his spare time.

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Dr. Megan Bright-Librarian

Mrs. Bright is from Liberty. She has her degrees in Secondary Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Human Services/Learning Resources, and Educational Leadership. She has been in education for 18 years and this is her second year at LMS. Mrs. Bright is finishing her doctorate this year. She states she enjoys working with students because, "I love seeing kids find connections with books and develop a love of reading." Mrs. Bright likes to spend her free time reading and traveling.

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Mr. Lucas Brown-Recovery/ISS Teacher

Mr. Brown grew up in Hannibal, Missouri. He has a Physical Education degree from South Dakota State University. He has been in education 2 years and has been at LMS both of those years. He enjoys being able to connect with students and help students stay on track. Mr. Brown has a twin brother and enjoys spending his spare time coaching golf at LHS, playing golf himself, and watching football.

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Ms. Sabreena Bub-Art

Ms. Bub is from St. Louis, Missouri. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Mizzou and a Masters in Education from UMSL.

She started her teaching career 3 years ago and this is her first year at LMS.

Ms. Bub states, "I grew up with my mom being a teacher, I have always known I wanted to teach, I realized I wanted to teach art because I love art and I love working with students and getting them to learn and think outside the box to create fun interesting pieces of art."

She spent the last 5 years working in Maine, teaching ceramics at a summer camp. In her spare time Ms. Bub enjoys art, softball, swimming, and watching movies.

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Mr. Andrew Chamberlin-7th & 8th Grade Science

Mr. Chamberlin grew up in Lee's Summit, Missouri. He has a degree from Northwest Missouri State University. He began his teaching career at LMS two years ago. Mr. Chamberlin states, "When I was in middle school, I was going through a traumatic time in my life and did not handle it the best. I want to be able to connect with students and help them maneuver the difficulties of middle school in a more productive way than I did. Make people better people!" He enjoys running, baseball, football, and golf in his spare time. Mr. Chamberlin's fun fact is he has his ears pierced.

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Mrs. Connie Christian- 8th Grade Math & Algebra 1

Mrs. Christian is from Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a Bachelor's from UMKC in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Urban Education and a Masters from UMKC in Educational Administration. She started her teaching career 12 years ago and this is her 7th year at LMS.

Mrs. Christian states, "I love working with middle schoolers. They are funny, sarcastic, get my humor and honestly teach me so much. I appreciate their honesty. I love that every day is unique." Mrs. Christian has seen every living president (besides Trump) live. Her hobbies are reading, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling.

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Mrs. Cyndy Detlefson- Math 8 & Algebra 1

Mrs. Detlefson is originally from Atchison, Kansas. She has a Bachelor Degree in Education from Kansas State University, a Masters in Education and Master in Education Leadership from Baker University. She started her teaching career 27 years ago and this is her 12th year at LMS.

Mrs. Detlefson states, "I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. I love helping people learn and better themselves. I love teaching Pre-Algebra and Algebra because students start how numerical relationship come together. Eighth graders are my favorite age group to teach because they are at the age where they decide what type of person they are going to be for the next few years. I love helping students find their voice and learn how to stand up for themselves and others."

She enjoys snow skiing, ATV riding, traveling and spending time with her family. Mrs. Detlefson has been ski diving and has been a certified ski instructor for 10 years.

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Ms. Victoria Dillon-6th Grade Special Education

Ms. Dillon is from Liberty. She has a degree in Categorical Special Education from Missouri State University. She started her teaching career 2 years ago and has been at LMS for 1 year.

Ms. Dillon states, "One of the biggest reasons I got into teaching is to not only build long-lasting relationships with my students but to also share my passion for learning with them in hopes they will love to learn with me. I absolutely adore working with students and having the opportunity to watch them learn and grow in a variety of ways!" 

Ms. Dillon loves the Chiefs and enjoys reading, exploring the city, and watching live music in her free time.

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Mrs. Shelby Eads-PE/Health

Mrs. Eads is from Nashville, Tennessee. She has an Exercise Science and Physical Education Degree and attended MTSU and Missouri West. She began her teaching career 6 years ago at LMS. Mrs. Eads states, "This is my second career. I started as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. I decided to go back to school and finish my teaching degree in 2016. I loved working with adults, but I feel healthy lifestyle choices are so important to teach to our youth. I love working with kids and I would not change it for anything." She owns 16 animals, 3 horses, two dogs, four cats, and seven chickens. In her spare time she enjoys horse back riding, camping, hiking, and being at the lake.

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Mr. Ben Entsminger

Mr. Entsminger is from Bath County, Virginia. He has a degree in Curriculum and Development from Liberty University. He began his career in education 5 years ago and has been at LMS for 1 year.

Mr. Entsminger states, My High School Teacher Mr. Tufaro was so great I just wanted to be like him."

He is a big fan of Little Debbie Cakes and enjoys music.

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Mr. Kyle Erickson

Mr. Erickson is the Industrial technology teacher at Liberty Middle School. He is originally from Harvard, Nebraska.

He started teaching 25 years ago because he also wanted to coach basketball and has been at Liberty Middle School his whole teaching career.

Mr. Erickson has an Industrial Technology degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He states his "fun fact" is he is a Harvard graduate and enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing in his spare time.

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Mrs. Karen Estep-English Language Development

Mrs. Estep is from Independence, Missouri. She has her degree in 1st-6th education and K-12 ELD from Northwest Missouri State University. She has been in education for 16 years and this is her second year at LMS. Mrs. Estep loves being a ELD teacher because the students teach her a lot about their cultures. He enjoys reading, writing and podcasting. She started her own podcast this summer.

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Mr. Mark Fangmann-Band

Mr. Fangmann is from Oak Grove, Missouri. He has a degree in Music Education from the University of Central Missouri. He has been in education for 6 years and this is his 3rd year at LMS.

Mr. Fangmann states, "I most enjoy when a student has a "light bulb" moment and realizes that they can do something they haven't been able to do before. Making music together is a delicate process that involves EVERYONE'S skill. I like that music keeps us accountable for ourselves and each other!"

He performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC with the UCM Wind Ensemble in 2015. He enjoys playing and teaching music, playing disc golf, gaming, and traveling.

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Mrs. Robin Flood

Mrs. Flood teaches 6th grade Social Studies & Computers at Liberty Middle School. She is from New York. This is her 21st year teaching and her 3rd year at LMS. She has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Northwestern State University in Louisiana.

She states she became a teacher to help students find their voice and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Mrs. Flood can do many different voices and enjoys history. In her spare time she likes to travel and garden.

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Mrs. Catherine Franssens-7th Grade ELA & Advanced ELA

Mrs. Franssens is from Independence, Missouri. She has a degree in architecture and design from Kansas State and a degree from Graceland in Special Education, Elementary Education, and Middle Level ELA. She stated her teaching career 7 years ago at LMS. She began as an Special Education teacher and has been teaching ELA for the last two years. Mrs. Franssens states, " I enjoy working with students because it brings me a unique joy unlike anything else I do in life! After working as a designer and project manager in the architecture field for 20 years, I decided to change careers and get into teaching. I actually knew when I was 16 years old that I wanted to be a teacher, but at the time, my heart and mind were more focused on a career that would bring me a bigger paycheck. It took 20 years but I eventually grew tired of the 60-70 hour work weeks and decided that making a difference in the lives of young people was more important than a big paycheck. Going back to college to complete my education degree was the best career choice ever! I have yet to have a morning where I dread going to teach or coach which tells me that I'm in the perfect career for me!" Some of her favorite hobbies are coaching volleyball and basketball, traveling to the mountains and beach, attending K-State football games, and hiking. Mrs. Franssens has lead the an annual 5 day educational trip for students and parents to Washington DC and New York City.

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Mrs. Rebecca Groebe

Mrs. Groebe is the Gifted Science Teacher at Liberty Middle School. She considers all over the mid-west as home.

She has multiple degrees from the University of Kansas including a B.A. in Biology, B.F.A. in Dance Choreography, MS.Ed. in Science Curriculum and Instruction, a M.S. Evolutionary Biology, and a Specialist in Gifted Education.

She has been with Liberty Public Schools for 17 years and teaching at LMS for 9 years. She states she became a teacher because she was bored in school and wanted to make learning different and interesting. She loves what she does every day.

Mrs. Groebe enjoys dancing and birding as her hobbies and volunteers for Parrot rescue centers in her free time.

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Ms. Jen Guthery-6th Grade ELA

Ms. Guthery is from Smithville, Missouri. She has degrees in History Education, Social Studies Curriculum, and Curriculum and Instruction from MWSU, University of Missouri, and Arkansas State University. She has been at LMS for 3 years.

Ms. Guthery states, "I enjoy sharing my passion for learning with students and that getting to be part of that moment when a new concept or skill finally clicks for them." She has twin daughters and enjoys hanging out with her family, watching scary movies, and traveling in her spare time.

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Mr. Mike Harding-8th Grade American History

Mr. Harding is from Kansas City. He has a degree in History Secondary Education from William Jewell College. He started his education career 27 years ago right here at LMS. Mr. Harding states, "I like trying to make a genuine connection with students. I like laughing with them, teaching them about the history of this great country and throwing out a few life lessons they can learn from." 

Mr. Harding enjoys fishing, exercising, hiking and most recently, enjoying spending time with his grandson, Holt, in his spare time.

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Mrs. Polly Hare-Library Para

Mrs. Hare is from Independence, Missouri. She has a degree in Secondary English Education and a masters degree is in Library Science from the University of Central Missouri. She has been in education for 20 years and this is her 2nd year at LMS.

Mrs. Hare states, "Even as a little girl I wanted to be a teacher. I can't think of any other profession that I would want to do with my life. Students are fun to watch as they navigate these early years of their lives. I enjoy being a part of their lives to help them grow and reach their full potential. Some students need support, some need guidance, and some need a cheerleader. I love being all those things. Someone did that for me as I went through school and I want to be like my former teachers and make them proud."

She once spent 13 hours under the middle of the Atlantic ocean in a Navy submarine and has also been up in a hot air balloon. She loved both experiences. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading and being with her family.

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Ms. Jill Hemann- Theatre

Mrs. Hemann states she is from Iowa, Michigan, and New York. She has a Bachelor Degree in Theatre/Speech & Music Education from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master in Music-Vocal Performance from Webster University. She started her teaching career 11 years ago and this is her 4th year at LMS. Ms. Hemann states, ""I find incredible joy in helping students conquer their fears of performing and speaking in front of others. I love witnessing their amazing creativity and seeing them grow and expand as performers and as human beings throughout their years at LMS and beyond. The Arts is a very unique place where students can experiment and develop stage and life skills and I am proud to be a part of that!." Her favorite hobby is Musical Theatre, she returned to teaching after a performance career in Musical Theatre & Opera in NYC. I was even able to perform with Luciano Pavarotti in the grand opening of the Detroit Opera House.

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Mrs. Mandy House

Mrs. House a special education paraprofessional at Liberty Middle School. She is a military child but considers Kearney, Missouri her hometown. This is her 10th year in the district and her 2nd year at LMS. She has a degree in educational studies in special education and elementary education from Western Governor's University.

She states, "I enjoy talking to my students about what they love to do and things that interest them. I also love their faces when they learn something and they finally get it!"

Mrs. House has lived in over 15 different countries throughout her life and enjoys sewing, cooking, baking, LARPing, drawing, and video games in her spare time.

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Mrs. Mireille "Mimi" Jones

Ms. Jones grew up in Belgium. She has a Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from ISPL Ste Croix, Belgium, and a graduate degree from Lesley University in Technology Integration. She began teaching 28 years ago and this is her 10th year at LMS. She enjoys teaching because every year is different and it is never boring. Things change constantly, kids change constantly, and they keep her on her toes. Ms. Jones was only supposed to be in the United States for one year. In her spare time she enjoys attending Sporting KC games, concerts, and spending time time with her cats.

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Mrs. Kathy Laffoon

Mrs. Laffoon grew up in Japan,. She has a degree in Education and Psychology from William Jewell College and a Master's in Gifted Education from KU. She has been in education for over 30 years and has been at LMS for fifteen. She states, "Ever since I was in elementary school, I always wanted to be a teacher. I even used to play "school" with my friend and a little chalkboard. I have enjoyed teaching all of these years. I love learning new things with my students every day." Mrs. Laffoon has an adorable granddaughter and enjoys scrapbooking and reading in her spare time.

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Mrs. Amy LaPlant-PEAK Math

Mrs. LaPlant is from Liberty, Missouri. She has a degree in Secondary Science & Masters in Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She began her career in education 24 years ago and has been at LMS for 22 years. Mrs. LaPlant states, "I love middle school students. They are such a unique breed. They are willing to still have fun with activities. I also really enjoy learning from my students. They often have a completely different approach to solving problems. They keep me on my toes." When she graduated from Liberty High School her graduating class was only 280 students, and there was only one high school at the time. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family on their hunting land.

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Ms. Lyndsey Martin -8 Grade ELA

Ms. Martin is from Maryville, Missouri. She has a B.S. in Middle School Language and a M.S. in Reading from Northwest Missouri State University. She started her teaching career 26 years ago and has been at LMS for 20 years. Ms. Martin states, ""Eighth grade students keep me young. They are witty, capable beyond what they believe, and understand my sense of humor. My favorite teacher was my 8th grade ELA teacher, and I decided then that I wanted to do what she did, Each day gives me that opportunity, and I hope I'm able to impact my students they way she impacted my life." She loves spending time with family and friends in her spare time. A fun fact about Ms. Martin is Mrs. Willis, speech, debate, and broadcasting teacher at LMS, is her first cousin. Their dads are brothers.

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Ms. Christi Mills-Spanish

Ms. Mills is from Kennesaw, GA. She has her degrees in Consumer Journalism from University of Georgia, Spanish Education from Missouri Western, and Instructional Leadership from UMKC. She began her teaching career 13 years ago and has been at LMS for 8 years.

Ms. Mills states, "While working in the private sector, I met so many awesome people because I could speak two languages. I wanted to open those same doors for others, so I went back to school for my certification to teach Spanish. I enjoy working with students because every day is different. Each student brings a little personality to the class, and it's so great to see those personalities create a community."

She enjoys traveling, hanging out with my kids and cats, and cross stitching. She has traveled to 32 states within the US and 16 countries outside the United States!

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Mrs. Cory Munson-8th Grade Science

Mrs. Munson is a 8th grade science teacher at Liberty Middle School. She grew up in Raymore, Missouri. She has a degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Science from University of Central Missouri. She began her teaching career 17 years ago right here at LMS. 

She states, "I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. My mom always jokes that the reason why my younger brother was such a pain at school was because I would come from school and make him play school with me, teaching him everything I had learned, so by the time he went to school, he knew it all and was bored. I originally thought that I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but after substitute teaching in a kindergarten classroom, I quickly changed my mind and decided middle school was more my speed and middle school is where I've been ever since!" She also said,  "I enjoy working with middle school students, because middle schoolers are awesome people. They are the most passionate people about their beliefs. They have a great sense of humor. They keep me on my toes, but make me laugh daily." 

Mrs. Munson has a three-legged dog named Oliver. She enjoys watching her kids play sports, going to the lake, camping, hiking, and paddleboarding in her spare time.

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Mr. Garrett Niemeier-6th Grade Math

Mr. Niemeier is from Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He attended Northwest Missouri State University where he earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership K-12, and a Specialist in Superintendency. He has been in education for 4 years and this is his second year at LMS.

Mr. Niemeier states, "I want to inspire, empower, and guide the new generation of students. I can connect with kids super easily and establish a lasting connection. I eventually in my time once I feel I have done my job in helping the new generation of students go and help the new generation of educators at the collegiate level. Every student has a story and getting to know it and learning something new every day is absolutely enriching to me.

I'll never forget the quote my professor told us, "If not you, then who, and if not now, then when?" I am the who and the time is now for these students :)" His claim to fame is he has Meghan Markles' signature. In his spare time he enjoys playing and coaching volleyball and hanging with friends.

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Mrs. Sarah O'Roark-7th Grade Math

Mrs. O'Roark is from Bolivar, Missouri. She has a degree in Middle School Education with an emphasis in math from Southwest Baptist University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Missouri State University. She has been in education for 8 years and this is her second year at LMS.

Mrs. O'Roark states, "I got into teaching because I had a middle school teacher who greatly impacted my life and I wanted to be that person for my future students." Her favorite hobbies are sports, being outdoors, traveling, and hanging out with her twin daughters that are two years old.

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Mrs. Laura Perryn-Science 6th Grade

Mrs. Perryn is from St. Louis, Missouri. She has degrees in Elementary Education, a science minor, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy all from University of Central Missouri.

She has been in education for 18 years and this is her 1st year at LMS.

Mrs. Perryn states, "I love helping kids realize that hard work and perseverance will help them achieve their goals." She is a Girl Scout Troop leader and enjoys singing, playing with her kids and watching documentaries in her spare time.

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Ms. Caitlin Quirk-7th Grade ELA/ Advanced ELA

Ms. Quirk grew up in Ozark, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English (American Literary and Cultural Studies) from UMKC and a Masters of Arts in Teaching English 5-12 from Missouri State University. She began her career at LMS as a paraprofessional for one year and has been teaching at LMS for the past two years.

Ms. Quirk states, "The reason I wanted to be a teacher was because of my high school English teacher who ensured every student's voice was heard and respected. I wanted to create a safe space for students to be their true selves and express their unique personalities. I love creating connections with students through English Language Arts by encouraging students to read texts connected with their interests."

She is going to marry her high school sweetheart this month and enjoys reading, watching movies, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends and family in her spare time.

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Mrs. Becca Quarles-Social Worker

Mrs. Quarles is from Liberty. She has a degree in Social Work from University of Missouri- Columbia. She started her career at LMS 5 years ago. Mrs. Quarles states,I've always enjoyed working with kids. I have enjoyed providing a safe space for students and helping support them through-out the school year. Mrs. Quarles was married over the summer and enjoys reading, and spending time with her dogs, her husband, and her family in her spare time.

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Mr. Dan Rasmussen-Vocal Music

Mr. Rasmussen is from Jefferson, Iowa. He has a B.S. in Music Education & B.S. in Broadcasting from Northwest Missouri State University. He has been in education for 10 years and at LMS for all 10 of those years. Mr. Rasmussen states, "I didn't originally intend to go into education. My mother and older sister are both teachers and when I was at university, I planned to go into radio broadcasting and pursue a career as a music director or program director of a radio station. But I always loved music whether it was singing or playing instruments and wanted to take college classes learning more about music history and music theory. In my third year I decided to add a music education degree just as a "fall back." After working with elementary kids in my first teaching practicum class, I knew I was more interested in teaching music than doing police beat calls at the radio station. After that, I knew I wanted to teach music in some way, shape or form." Mr. Rasmussen grew up an avid 4-H kid and showed horses until his sophomore year in high school. He enjoys singing in a Barbershop Quartet in his spare time.

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Mr. Robert Rawie- PE/ Health and Social Studies

Mr. Rawie is from Liberty. He has a Physical Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University. This is his first year teaching. He states, "I teach to try to make a difference and be a resource for all students. I want to help them succeed in life and give them the tools to do so.." Mr. Rawie played football at NWMS and enjoys watching the Chiefs and coaching in his spare time.

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Mrs. Amanda Renfro-FACS

Mrs. Renfro is from Harvard, Nebraska. She has her degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from University of Nebraska Kearney. She began her teaching career 24 years ago and has been at LMS for 21 years. Mrs. Renfro states, "I was asked to coach the sophomore volleyball team at the local high school when I was in college. After one season I changed my major to education and never looked back. I enjoy making a difference and teaching kids life skills that they can use for the rest of their life." She likes to save money on DIY & small construction projects by doing them herself. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family & friends, traveling, going to the lake, snow skiing, and watching about any sports event live.

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Mr. Chris Rouse- 8th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Rouse claims Richmond, Missouri as his hometown. He has a business degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters Degree for UCM. This is his 19th year teaching and his 16th year at LMS. He enjoys working with students because, "teaching and coaching kids is always fun and unpredictable." Mr. Rouse also coaches high school sports at Liberty and Liberty North. He enjoys outdoor activities with family, reading, coaching, and following the Royals and Chiefs.

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Mr. Tyler Rusboldt-6th Grade Math/8th Grade Geometry

Mr. Rusboldt is from Northwest Indiana. He has a Health Science degree from the University of Missouri and a Masters in Middle Level Math from the University of Central Missouri. He has been in education for 5 years and at LMS for 3 years.

Mr. Rusboldt states, "Coming out of college, I joined a company called Abbott Nutrition and sold Similac to Pediatricians. After a year and a half of giving it my best I decided I needed to find something that provided myself and others with more value. My wife is a 4th grade teacher and I always heard the stories she would tell of working with students. In 2015, I went back to school (University of Central Missouri) and got my teaching certification and master degree in math curriculum. I quickly realized that working with students in the classroom or in sports was AWESOME! There is no better feeling than playing a part in someone learning a new skill or growing as a person, and that's what teachers get to do every day. Even though teaching wasn't my first profession, I'm so happy I decided to move into the field and give it a try. It is so rewarding, and I'm very grateful for the opportunities I get every day."

Mr. Rusboldt plays disc golf as a local professional and enjoys video games and watching football in his spare time.

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Mrs. Trish Stripling -6th Grade Social Studies

Mrs. Stripling is from North Kansas City, Missouri. She has a degree in Elementary Education and certification in Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts from Park University. She started her teaching career 18 years ago and has been at LMS for 2 years. Mrs. Stripling states, ""When I was in Kindergarten, I would rush home from school, line up my stuffed animals, sit in my littler rocker, and read Little Golden books to them, just like my teacher, Miss Bunnel, did to us. I've had the teaching itch all my life, and I'm grateful for it." When Mrs. Stripling was 23 she spent a year in Como, Italy working as an au pair. In her spare time she loves to watch and learn about silent films and to read presidential biographies.

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Mrs. Amanda True-6th Grade Social Studies

Mrs. True is from Blue Springs, Missouri. She has a degree in History and Education from Metro State University of Denver. She began his career in education 22 years ago and has been at LMS for 5 years.

Mrs. True states, "I got into teaching because it was my life dream from a very young age. I loved most of my teachers growing up and wanted to be a part of making a difference in kids lives."

She has 5 kids of her own and enjoys watching their activities and reading in her spare time.

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Mr. Garrick True

Mr. True is from Independence, Missouri. He has a degree in Middle School Education from UCM and a degree in Secondary Education from NWMS. He began his career in education 21 years ago as a teacher and has been at LMS as a learning coach for 2 years.

Mr. True states, "I love building relationships and watching them grow academically and personally."

In his spare time he enjoys listening to music.

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Mrs. Nicole VanBockern - Paraprofessional

Mrs. VanBockern is from Flandreau, South Dakota. She attended South Dakota State University. She has been at LMS for 5 years. Mrs.VanBockern states,I love serving and helping others. I loved my school years. I have always loved being in nature (even the cold), so I actually enjoy my time during crosswalk duty because I stand in a pretty location filled with trees, birds, and the occasional deer. Even though it gets icy cold at times, I still find it enjoyable. Assisting students and getting kind words and smiles of gratitude is also wonderful! In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking.

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Mr. Steve VanEgdom- PE/Health & Social Studies

Mr. VanEgdom is from Hudson South Dakota. He has a degrees in Middle School Education from University of South Dakota and Northwest Missouri State. He began his career in education 24 years ago at LMS. Many of the students he has taught are now adults and still remember the impact Mr. VanEgdom had on them. He has 3 sons and enjoys outdoor activities and sports.

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Mr. David Williams-7th Grade Special Education

Mr. Williams is from Kansas City, Missouri. He has degrees in Elementary Education, Cross Categorical Special Education, and a Masters in Education Administration. His degrees were acquired at William Jewell, Missouri Valley, University of Central Missouri, and Lindenwood University. He started his teaching career 24 years ago and has been at LMS for 2 years. Mr. Williams states he enjoys teaching because, ""Everyday is different, you get to watch them grow not only as learners, but also as individuals and know you are a part of that growth. I try to motivate all the students I work with and help to make them believe in themselves and their possibilities are endless." Mr. Williams is a member of the 2012 William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame for the 1983 Baseball Team. In his spare time he enjoys music, reading, and writing.

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Mrs. Jami Williams

Mrs. Williams is a 7th grade Special Education teacher at Liberty Middle School. She is from Smithville, Missouri. She started teaching 28 years ago and this is her second year at Liberty Middle School. Mrs. Williams has a B.S. degree in Special Education and a MS in Special Education Administration from Central Missouri State University.

Her road to teaching began because, "Both my parents were teachers, who wanted me to do anything but teaching, after a couple of different majors I chose Elementary Education with an emphasis in Math and Science. I had to do 20 hours of observation in a special education classroom and I was hooked." She even spent one summer as a boat driver at a camp for people with disabilities.

Mrs. Williams enjoys camping, kayaking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Mrs. Maggie Willis-Speech/Debate, and Broadcasting

Mrs. Willis grew up in Maryville, Missouri. She has a B.S. in English Education with a minor in Speech/Theatre and a Masters Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University. She began teaching 26 years ago and this is her 21st year at LMS. Mrs. Willis states, "The idea of public speaking is not always a favorite subject selection for students; however, it is a lifelong skill that all must have and execute at some point. I love watching my students gain the confidence to not only create a speech but present it with ease. The minute they realize they are capable and talented in their presentation process, the light bulb goes off and the fun begins! I enjoy seeing my students work hard to succeed and feel pride in their work! They genuinely walk away learning to, "Inhale confidence. Exhale doubt." Mrs. Willis was a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader and enjoys walking outdoors and being with family in her spare time.