Southeast Alumni Among Honorees at Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Conference

OSAGE BEACH, Missouri, March 20, 2015 – Four Southeast Missouri State University alumni were among educators honored at the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals 2015 Leadership Conference March 14-17 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Dr. Michele Williams, principal of Chaffee (Missouri) Elementary School, was honored as a 2015 Missouri Distinguished Principal for the Southeast Region. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts and a Specialist degree in school administration, all from Southeast.

Sarah Carbaugh, assistant principal at the Sikeston (Missouri) Kindergarten Center, was recognized as a 2015 Missouri Outstanding Assistant Principal for the Southeast Region. Carbaugh earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, early childhood education, and a Specialist degree in school administration from Southeast.

Nate Wills, principal at Puxico (Missouri) Elementary School, was named a 2015 Missouri Exemplary New Principal for the Southeast Region. Wills received a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in speech education, and a Master of Arts in secondary administration from Southeast. He is currently working on a specialist superintendent certification and is enrolled at the University of Missouri. He also is pursuing a Doctor of Education in educational leadership through a cooperative program between Southeast Missouri State and the University of Missouri.

Heather Gross, new principal of Prairie Branch Elementary in the Grain Valley R-V District in the suburban Kansas City region, also was recognized as a 2015 Missouri Exemplary New Principal. She received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southeast.

Each region in Missouri was asked to submit an educator in each of 12 categories.

“It was very interesting to hear the credentials and stories provided by each of the recipients,” said Dr. Lisa Bertrand, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Southeast. “It was also great news to know that all three of the Southeast (Region) educators recognized had degrees from Southeast Missouri State University.”