Elsberry Teachers 2019

New 2019-2020 Elsberry R-II School District Teacher — pictured are back row: Levi Jacyna, Caleb Johnson, Colleen Lilley, Kari Koch-Dowell, and Beth Noe.  Front row: Diane Hale, Kelly Morrissey, Stephanie Cannon, Arla Jo Kaimann and Tavia McIntyre.

For the 2019-2020 school years there will be 10 new faces in the classrooms this year at Elsberry Schools with various backgrounds and expertise.

Coming to the preschool program is Kelly Morrissey.  She will be the teacher in the ECSC room and is a 2004 graduate of EHS.  Morrissey graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and has been employed for the last 10 years at the Douglass Community Services in various roles.   Most recently she was a co-teacher in the infant/toddler classroom.  

The next new face to Elsberry Schools is also a 2004 graduate of EHS, Arla Jo Kaimann.  Kaimann brings 10 years’ experience to her Kindergarten class, having spent one year at Bowling Green Schools, and the last nine years at Clopton School District. She graduated with her undergraduate from the University of Central Missouri and received her Master’s from Missouri Baptist University.  

Leading the Elementary Special Education Department this year will be Diane Hale.  Hale brings 25 years of teaching experience in various areas with her to the classroom.  She has taught kindergarten, third, fourth, and Title I Reading in her time at several different schools.  Lindenwood University is where Hale received her K-2 Special Education diploma.

Stephanie Cannon joins the Title I team at Elsberry Schools this year as the reading specialist.  After receiving her undergraduate from the University of Central Missouri, she went on to earn her graduate degree at William Wood University.  Cannon brings experience from the Winfield School District,  Clopton School District, and time as a consultant for The Literacy Link.

Another new face in the Special Education department this year is Beth Noe.  She will be the special education teacher in grades fifth through eighth.  Noe brings with her several years of experience ranging from fifth grade to high school, including some time in the gifted program, math program, and reading area.  Her experience hales from the Gideon and Bernie School District in Missouri.  Noe’s  bachelors and graduate diplomas were earned through Southeast Missouri State University and William Woods University, respectively.

First year teacher, Tavia McIntyre is welcomed to the district as the eighth grade English/Language Arts teachers.  After doing her student teaching at Frontier Middle School in the Wentzville School District she received her degree from Lindenwood University.

After spending the last 10 years with the Clopton School District, Colleen Lilley is joining the high school staff as a Math teacher.  She will be teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, and College Algebra. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in 2009 and was certified in math and history.  In 2014 she graduated from William Woods University with a Masters in Administration.  Lilley attended Elsberry schools until middle school and then went on to be a graduate of Clopton High School.  

Caleb Johnson is taking over as  the ISS Instructor and will coach.  He received his degree in 2017 from Morehead State University and most recently spent time as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Quincy University.  He takes over as the head boys’ basketball coach and will coach boys’ and girls’ soccer.  


Bowling Green native, Levi Jacyna, comes to Elsberry Schools to fill the vacant P.E. position and some of the numerous coaching positions that were available.  His classes will include, weight training, P.E. and Health class.  His coaching duties will consist of being the Head Softball Coach, MS Basketball Coach, and Head Baseball Coach.  Prior to coming to Elsberry Lacyna spent two years teaching and coaching at Wellsville School District.

Last but certainly not least is Kari Koch-Dowell who is not new to the district, but new as a classroom teacher.  After spending the last two years as the ISS  instructor, she has now risen to the ranks as a certified teacher earning her certification  from Missouri Baptist University.  Koch-Dowell will take over as Activities Director, and teach Missouri Options and P.E. Classes.  She will continue her coaching duties of Head Girls’ basketball coach and Assistant Coach for Softball.

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