References


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Professional References

Letters of Recommendation

Dr. Joe Kinder, Vice President, George K. Baum and Company

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Board Member, West Platte School District

Mr. Justin Webb, Board Member, West Platte School District

Mr. Dan Matson, Board Member, Sherwood Cass School District

Ms. Rebecca Henshaw, Elementary Principal, West Platte School District

Dr. Randy Oliver, Curriculum Director, West Platte School District

Ms. Diana Summers, Bookkeeper, West Platte School District

Mrs. Amy Youngblood, Executive Director, Eduoptimus

Mrs. Becky Forrester, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Lisa Price, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Lisa Gann, LMS, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Brandy Summers, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Mea Childers, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Malinda Reagan, Counselor, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Jenny Ruble, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Carey Davis, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mrs. Gari Nicoll, Teacher, Espy Elementary

Mr. Brent Dunn, VP, Missouri State University

Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Brooks, Parents, Espy Elementary

Mr. Bill Jones, Louisiana District 35 Senator

Mrs. Cheryl Lawrence, Teacher, Lakeshore Elementary

Mrs. Sarah McDaniel, LMS, Lakeshore Elementary

Mrs. Janet Fisher, Federal Programs Supervisor, Ouachita Parish

Dr. James Robertson, Associate Dean,  Texas A&M College of Pharmacy

Additional References

Dr. Aaron Johnson

Former Member, West Platte Board of Education

816-640-9940

Mr. Justin Webb

Member, West Platte Board of Education

816-810-7660

Dr. Randy Oliver

Director of Curriculum, West Platte School District

816-674-0122

Dr. Joe Kinder

Vice President, George K. Baum & Company

816-721-7218

Mr. Jeff Vandal

Former Member, West Platte Board of Education

816-985-3734

Dr. Carol Maher

Professor, University of Missouri

573-819-4863

Dr. Mike Parnell,

Member Relations, Missouri School BoardsAsociation

573-682-4451

Dr. Kenny Southwick

Deputy Superintendent, Shawnee Mission School District

816-803-4301

Ms. Karla Martinez

Vice President, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

816-805-4555

Dr. Brent Blevins

Deputy Superintendent, Lee’s Summit School District

417-545-1390

Dr. Shellie Guin

Partner, Guin Mundorff School Law

816-807-5383

Mrs. Diane Whitworth

Former Board President, Sherwood School District

660-499-2834

Mrs. Brenda Atchison

Director of Student Services, Sherwood School District

660-499-2834

Mrs. Amy Youngblood

Executive Director, Eduoptimus

573-694-9706

Dr. Kevin Kopp

Executive Director of Elementary Education, Nixa Public Schools

417-875-5400

Chief Chad McConnell

School Resource Officer, Nixa Public Schools

417-875-5400

Mrs. Candice Fairbairn

Supervisor of Academy, Missouri State University

417-886-3709

What People Are Saying

“Governors don’t go places by accident. They go where great things are happening. Sherwood is a great school doing great things for kids.” Jay Nixon,Missouri Governor

“Through the hard work of students and the dedication of talented teachers, Nixa’s Espy Elementary has achieved the gold standard for academic success for not one year, but five years. That is an outstanding record worthy of the Department of Education’s highest award.” Roy Blunt, United States Congressman

“While the improvements he made to our academic programming will positively affect many students for years to come, Dr. Wheeler’s candidness, honesty, and support of me has left the largest impact on me personally.  He challenged my thinking when I needed to be challenged, and stepped in and supported me unconditionally when I needed support the most. All of this was in the name of school improvement and student success.”

Dr. Logan Lightfoot, High School Principal, West Platte School District

“There was no hesitation in his words when he defined his
efforts to recruit, attract, develop and retain only exceptional educators to embody the
West Platte team.  Clearly, he assumed the role of head coach, cheerleader, and champion
for the West Platte School District.”
Ms. Rebecca Henshaw, Elementary Principal, West Platte School District
“Dr. Wheeler has transformed West Platte Schools almost single handedly into a district aligned with 21st Century Learning Skills through sound financial practices, well-placed human resources, and visionary leadership. The culture in which he creates for his school district is second to none.”

Dr. Randy Oliver, Director of Curriculum, West Platte School District

“Jerrod is a person who will evaluate every detail and option when making recommendations for the Board’s consideration. His recommendations are well researched, examined and presented with information based upon what is best for the students and the district.” Dr. Joe Kinder, Vice President, George K. Baum & Company

“When he was hired, Jerrod was presented with a list of needed improvements for our District. He took aggressive action on these items which resulted in widespread improvement of our instructional program and our District. Our students benefited greatly from his leadership.” Dr. Aaron Johnson, Board Member, West Platte School District

“As a board member, I communicated with Dr. Wheeler daily. I appreciated how he kept me informed and provided me with the important information I needed to make informed decisions as a board member.” Mr. Justin Webb, Board Member, West Platte School District.

“As a first year lead principal, I could not have felt more supported by Dr. Wheeler. He provided great guidance and insight that helped me succeed.” Dr. Logan Lightfoot, High School Principal, West Platte School District

“Because of his rapport and support of his teachers, there is a sense of empowerment to do our absolute best for our students.” Mrs. Lisa Price, Teacher Espy Elementary, Nixa Public Schools

“He continually strives to establish teamwork among all members of the school community. The inter-dependences that he has developed are a result of his magnetic personality that draws individuals to him and motivates individuals to reach their full potential.” Mrs. Lisa Gann, Library Media Specialist, Espy Elementary, Nixa Public Schools

“As a principal, Jerrod has been an example and the basis for all future comparison. He has been professional, honest, our biggest cheer leader and the push we needed to achieve our goals.” Mrs. Brandy Summers, Teacher, Espy Elementary, Nixa Public Schools

“The high teacher and student morale in our building is the direct result of his creativity by team building through themes during the school year.” Mrs. Malinda Regan, Counselor, Espy Elementary, Nixa Public Schools

“Dr. Wheeler encouraged collaboration and team building strategies to strengthen grade level and teacher relationships in a positive manner. He conducted business professionally while maintaining a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where teachers could teach and students could learn.” Mrs. Mea Childers, Teacher, Espy Elementary, Nixa Public Schools

“We are all very fortunate that we have leaders in education like Dr. Jerrod Wheeler.” Dr. Brent Dunn, Vice President, Missouri State University

“We need more people like you in education.” Mr. Bill Jones, Senator, Louisiana District 35

“Dr. Wheeler is truly a catalyst and facilitator for change and results. Through creating a partnership for learning with parents, students, and other educators, he develops a common vision for school improvement and inspires a mission for achievement.”

Mrs. Janet Fisher, Federal Programs Supervisor, Ouachita Parish School System

“He has the skills to negotiate, mediate, persuasively debate, and form alliances with all types of people and agencies. Without a doubt, these talents would be of great benefit in dealing with a diverse population of students, teachers, and entities responsible for accreditation.” Dr. James Robertson, Jr. Associate Dean, Texas A&M College of Pharmacy

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