English honors contract
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Cara Baxley is beginning her 4th year as
a Glendale Falcon. Her classes
for the 2010-11school year include Technical
Communications 3 and Broadcast Journalism I & II.
She previously taught high school English in
Florida, where she lived for 16 years before
returning home to Springfield. Ms. Baxley has
3 sons, ages 14, 11, and 8, who occupy her
time away from Glendale.
Lesa Bettencourt is serving in her 8th year
as Director of the Glendale
Drama Program, having previously taught Special
Education at Glendale 7 years. She previously
served as the Music Director at Glendale in
productions of Lil’ Abner, Little Mary
Sunshine, Grease, The Sound of Music, Cinderella,
Bye Bye Birdie, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Directing duties include the shows: Wizard
of Oz, Harvey, Footloose, Arsenic and Old Lace,
Into the Woods, Rumors, You’re A Good
Man, Charlie Brown, The Curious Savage, Godspell,
And Then There Were None, Little Shop of Horrors,
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
and You Can’t Take It With You, The 25th
Annual Spelling bee, and Noises Off. She has
also served as Music Director for local productions
at Vandivort and Springfield Little Theater.
She is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State
University with degrees in Theatre and Special
Education. Lesa is married to Brian and they
are the proud parents of “LB”,
also known as their grandson, Brian; Gizmo,
a very pampered “pug-inese” and
their newest addition, Bailey, a rambunctious
Dan Cogell is in his 4th year at Glendale.
He has taught Communication Arts and Journalism
for 19 years. He has a Master’s Degree
in Creative Writing, so his hobbies obviously
include reading and writing. Mr. Cogell and
his wife, Julie, have three sons who graduated
from Glendale: Christopher, Joshua, and Cedric.
There are many things Mr. Cogell appreciates
about Glendale--the quality of the students
and the parental support--but mostly he appreciates
the short drive to work.
| Ms. Lindsay Cowan is in her
6th year at Glendale in the Communication Arts
Dept. She teaches English I Honors and English
II. She lives in Springfield and graduated
from SMSU in 2002 with a B.S. degree in English
and Secondary Education. She is also the sponsor
for Girls Service Society at Glendale.
|Beth Eggleston is Glendale's journalism teacher.
In addition to teaching the introductory journalism
course, Mrs. Eggleston also leads the staff
of Quill, Glendale's premier newsmagazine,
and the staff of the Falcon, Glendale's yearbook.
She draws from her experience as a professional
journalist as she leads her classes. Before
becoming a teacher, she worked for the Springfield
News-Leader for seven years, the Springfield
Business Journal for two years, and the Branson
Daily News for one year. While working for
newspapers, she filled such roles as reporter,
photographer, designer, editor and copy editor.
She received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree
from Missouri State University in May and also
holds a bachelor's degree in Communications
from MSU. In her free time, Mrs. Eggleston
enjoys spending quality time with her family.
She is married to Shawn, who works in Springfield
as a registered nurse. Their son, Alexander,
will be 1 year old in November.
Leslie Helfrecht is in her 6th year teaching
in the Communication Arts department.
She graduated from MSU in 2002 with a Professional
Writing Degree then returned to get her teaching
certification. She is also sponsor of Glendale’s
Student Council and Cabinet. Mrs. Helfrecht
grew up in Springfield and attended Springfield
Public Schools (Parkview graduate). She has
a sweet baby girl named Harper and is married
to David. She likes to cook, read, and travel
with her husband in her spare time.
Bill Jordan teaches Speech and Debate and
is in his 27th year at Glendale. Prior
to coming to Glendale, he taught at Webb City
for seven years. He is a graduate of Central
High School and MSU. Bill served for ten years
as the southwest representative to the Speech
Advisory Committee of the Missouri State High
School Activities Association, and now represents
the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri
on the Speech Advisory Committee. MSHSAA recognized
Bill with their distinguished Service Award
for 1998-99. Bill is a Sixth Diamond Coach
in the National Forensic League and served
as an official at the National Speech and Debate
Tournament for eight years. Bill has been recognized
by the National Forensic League with their
Distinguished Service Key Award, and in 1997
with their Distinguished Service Plaque. Bill
received the Speech and Theatre Association
of Missouri’s Loren Reid Service Award
for 2006-07. Mr. Jordan was recognized by the
National Federation of High School Association
as the Outstanding Speech, Debate, and Drama
Educator of Region 5: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska,
North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota for
2004-05. Bill also received the National Federation’s
Citation Award for Speech, Debate and Theatre
in 2007. While at Glendale, Bill has coached
Missouri State champions in Cross-Examination
Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Extemporaneous
Speaking, and has coached two national champions
in Student Congress. Mr. Jordan has also coached
four National Forensic League All-American
Alicia Moore is beginning her 5th year
as a Communication
Arts teacher at Glendale. She teaches AP
English Literature and Composition, ACT Prep,
English I, and Reading. Alicia is a graduate
of Harding University, where she earned a
B.A. in English and Spanish as well as a
Master’s of Education. She first discovered
her passion for teaching in a rural Kenyan
village where she worked for seven months.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling,
cooking, being outdoors, and spending time
with her husband and friends.
Shayna Peery is beginning her 5th year at
Glendale in the Communication Arts department.
She graduated from SMSU in May 2000 and received
a Master’s in Administration from WWU
in 2006. Shayna loves spending time with her
husband, two daughters, and their baby boy,
who will turn 1 year old on Christmas.
Joshua Rowlett teaches Communication Arts.
For the last 7 years, he has lived in
or just outside Springfield. In that time,
he has had the opportunity to complete both
his undergraduate and graduate studies at MSU.
Still, he did not come to teach through the
usual means. He was first a caseworker, working
for the State of Missouri for two years. He
is now entering his 3rd year of teaching English
I & II. Equally exciting is the fact that
last year he had his first child.
Shawn Sotheran is a new English teacher at
Glendale High School. He spent the past
three years teaching and substituting at Kickapoo
High School. Shawn graduated in 2006 from Missouri
State University with a Bachelor’s of
Arts in communication and is on track to complete
his Master’s of Arts in Teaching this
winter. He grew up in Liberty, Missouri, outside
of Kansas City and graduated from Liberty High
School in 2003. Shawn enjoys reading, laughing
and watching sports, especially Royals’ and
Lisa Van Gorp has been a member of the Glendale
Communication Arts Department since
2005, and she is currently serving as Department
Chair. Mrs. Van Gorp received a Bachelor of
Science Degree from Evangel University – majoring
in English Education and Social Sciences. This
year she will be teaching English II, English
III Honors, and Film as Literature. Her husband
Aaron is a small business owner here in Springfield.
The Van Gorps spend a great deal of their spare
time entertaining their chocolate lab Peyton,
who has a lot of energy!
August 25, 2012
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