Russell  Grammer
Co-Founder, Co-Director, Teacher

BS in Elementary and Special Education, MA in Educational Leadership

I have enjoyed 19 years of teaching experience and educational leadership in a diverse range of settings including Belfast, Northern Ireland, inner-city Camden, NJ, special education classroom, public school, and most recently co-founding, co-directing, and teaching at Prodigy Leadership Academy. Awards include SAM's Club Teacher of the Year, American Legion Teacher of the Year, Southeast Missouri State University Young Alumni Merit Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for the State of Missouri. The greatest award, however, is that of being a servant of God and supporting the growth of his treasured children. I am humbled to celebrate the students alongside such a dynamic and skilled team of educators!

Amy  Grammer
Co-Founder, Co-Director, Teacher

BS in Early Childhood Education through 6th grade

Serving the Lord through working with children has always been my passion. I began this journey thirteen years ago and have had experience in the public schools as a teacher in both early childhood and regular education classrooms, homeschooling, and recently, founding, co-directing, and teaching at Prodigy. Meeting children where they are, imparting to them that they are highly valued and created by God for great purposes, inviting Him to the forefront of each relationship, and working intentionally with parents and teachers to create a learning environment that inspires wonder and a lifelong love of learning has been a joy and great privilege.

Julie  Albertson
1st-2nd Grade Classroom Teacher

M.Ed. Elementary Education (PK-6)

Graduate Certificate in Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach

With my grandmother, mother, and aunt all being teachers, I literally was raised within an educational environment and enthusiastically embraced my families passion for education from an early age. I have now been a professional educator for over 15 years and have supported the growth of the Reggio Emilia Approach nationally. Over the years I have learned that relationships are absolutely key to a successful education process, and that carefully listening and observing children helps build those authentic connections. I have also experienced first hand the importance of enabling student-driven learning experiences based on their individual needs and interests. Furthermore, I understand the power of documentation in the classroom as it fosters the practice of reflection with my students, colleagues, parents, and self. I consider myself to be a "life long" learner and believe in the integration of art and nature as core to a child’s learning experience.

Jessica  Pederson
4th Grade Classroom Teacher

BS in Elementary Education
MA in Curriculum and Instruction

As a mother of two and an educator for 13 years, I understand the significant role that a classroom teacher has in a child's life. I want each child in my class to feel loved, celebrated, supported, and truly excited about learning. As a teacher at Prodigy, I love that faith, family, and relationships weave together to support each child in the best way.
Wendy  Mayberry
7th-8th Grade Classroom Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in curriculum development and general sciences

My exposure to education happened at such a young age. Being a second-generation educator, my mom taught me a love for learning early. Her love for learning was infectious. By the time I was 14 I was already interested in the teaching profession and found ways to teach my peers! I followed that passion to college and graduated in 2005 from Ole Miss with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in curriculum development and general sciences. I then taught fourth grade in Oxford, MS at a local private school. Every job since then has always had a teaching element in it! In 2010 I started teaching Japanese students at Southeast Missouri State University. It was then I started pursuing my masters in TESOL. For the last several years my husband and I agreed that I should stay home with my babies. I have a 5 year old, Will and a 4 year old, Seth. It has been pure joy being at home with them, but I am equally excited to get back into the classroom! My passion is to teach holistically! Teach them a deep love for Jesus, a heart for learning and a passion to love and serve others!!

Lindsay  Allen
Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Teacher

BS in Early childhood and Elementary Education from Murray State University

Being a teacher at Prodigy is an absolute joy! When I walk in each day, I know I get to do two of my favorite things. I get to invite God into every part of my day, and I get to teach his children. Not only do I get the pleasure of teaching them, I am able to teach them in the unique way that God made them to learn. Although my experience ranges from pre-k to 6, the Holy Spirit guides each day. My goal is to create learners that are confident problem solvers, who thrive because they are loved and believed in.

Lisa  Kuper
5th-6th Grade Classroom Teacher

BS in Art Education

I am a committed educator that thrives on collaboration with family, students and co-teachers. I have now been teaching at Prodigy for three years. My teaching experience started when I became a Taekwondo instructor nine years ago. The martial arts world made me fall in love with student achievements and inspired me to become a teacher. I believe students should be celebrated, acknowledged and pushed to accomplish goals of their own making. I continue to show artwork locally in Cape Girardeau through the Missouri Art Education Association and I motivate my students to show their artwork locally through opportunities like the Children’s Art Festival at the Arts Council. In my classroom, I believe in students expressing themselves visually and verbally through their art work.

Clinton  Walker
5th-High School Math

BS in middle school Education, emphasis in Math and Language Arts.
Missouri certification 5-12 Math and Language Arts.

I live for learning and passing on knowledge. I have an intense passion for helping to cultivate life-long learners in and out of the classroom. Over the last 6 years I have taught middle and high school math and English classes in a variety of settings. I am also co-owner of The Walker Bros Top Shelf Audio recording studio, worship leader at LaCroix -Benton, and half of the singing duo Brothers Walker, featured on season 6 of NBC's "The Voice". I feel so blessed to share my talents and passions in music and ministry at Prodigy.
Iliana  Arevalo
Teacher Assistant
This is my 8th year being involved at PLA and I have loved every experience God has allowed me to have through this school. The children are encouraged and pushed to do their best academically, all while being pointed towards Christ. I am so blessed to be part of it!
Debbie  Bowers
Teacher Assistant
My experience in teaching children and youth from God's Word spans years as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader. I love having the opportunity to share the Bible coupled with teaching Christian values on a daily basis at Prodigy.
Jayme  Reese
High School Facilitator

Bachelors in General studies- with emphasis in Education, psychology and child development.

As a mom of 3, God has blessed me with many experiences which I believe all have shaped me into who I am today! From classroom, secretarial, and administrative experience, I have come to find that being with the kiddos is where my heart is! I love that, here at Prodigy, we focus not only on academics but also the student's heart and soul. I'm passionate about meeting each child where they are and helping them grow in all aspects of their lives. I'm so blessed to be a part of this amazing journey!

Kimberly  Lawson
Reading Specialist

Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine and Public Relations, MA in Teacher Leadership, Instructional Coach Training, Balanced Literacy Training, Missouri certified K-12

After a business career in journalism and public relations, I became an educator with 20 years of public school experience in secondary regular and at-risk education, as well as elementary and secondary reading intervention. My experience also includes serving the Poplar Bluff school district as an Instructional Coach where I helped colleagues implement research-based teaching practices in their classrooms. I love the way God works through Prodigy to reveal, respect, and nurture each student's special gifts, and I'm so grateful to be a witness to it!

Mike  Dumey
Music Teacher

Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University

I have spent much of my life producing musical events for church, school, and community for over 44 years. I earned my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University after which I was music instructor at Oak Ridge R-6 for seven years. I then continued my career at Cape public schools for 27 years. As choral instructor at Central Junior High School, I produced twenty-five Broadway musical productions until my retirement in 2016. It has been my honor to have received several awards throughout my career including the SEMO Arts Council’s Otto Dingledein award for outstanding contributions to the arts in Southeast Missouri in 2008 and declarations from the Missouri House of Representatives, the office of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor and the office of the mayor and the city of Cape Girardeau for exemplary work in music education. (Maybe you can fool all of the people some of the time!) Seriously, it is a great honor to be recognized for doing something that I love – which is helping young people expand their musical talents. I currently serve as the director of music at Centenary United Methodist Church, another position that I enjoy as I work with musicians who enjoy sharing their talents to praise God. My wife Betsy and I are the proud parents of two students at Southeast Missouri State University; Lauren, who is completing her senior year and Caitlyn, who is beginning her freshman year. I am extremely excited to be a part of the great team of Christian educators at Prodigy Leadership Academy. I continue to be amazed daily at the progressive, nurturing atmosphere created by the students and staff of PLA.

Tami  Burgard
Physical Education Teacher
Resa  Armstrong
Aftercare Leader
Stesha  Dubs
Strings Teacher
When choosing a school for my children, Prodigy Leadership Academy immediately drew me in with their stringed instrument program.  Violin is offered to begin in kindergarten as part of the class schedule. Fostering a love for music of all kinds is such an important part of early childhood.  Our instrument teaching enriches other areas of study including reading and math with a crossover of concepts.  Teaching violin to a child at a young age with a playing plan introduces the idea of learning a new concept and following through until their high school years.  Viola and cello are also offered to begin in middle school. I am proud to be the violin teacher in this wonderful program.
Stephenie  Gardiner
5th-High School Science Teacher

BS in Biology

After homeschooling my two girls, I am so excited to join the environment at Prodigy. I have a degree in Biology from Southeast Missouri State University, and find every branch of science full of exciting learning opportunities!  Kids at Prodigy will learn about and experiment with things like bacteria, fungi, and our class tarantula to name a few!  I am looking forward to teaching the students here at Prodigy how fun and exciting science can be!

Mindy  Hamlett
Adaptive Professional

BS in Education K-12 with certifications in special education.

I have been an educator for over 30 years.  My teaching experiences have been in the public school and state school settings as well as private tutoring.  After retiring twice, I felt a strong desire to continue helping children.  I am blessed to be a part of Prodigy Leadership Academy’s mission to create life-long learners while helping them to reach their potential.

Chasidy  Jones
Office Manager

Respiratory Therapy

I am very excited to join this Prodigy Leadership Academy Team because they think outside the box and put our God and children first.  I have had the privilege of working with children from 6 weeks old -8th grade over the past thirteen years.  I have been a Daycare Owner, Preschool Director, and classroom teacher.  I enjoy working with children of all ages, challenging them and teaching them how much God loves them.  These children are our future and I am excited to see what God has in store for them!

Shay  Loughary
Teacher Assistant

BS in child development and guidance.

I am an educator committed to collaborating with families, students, and fellow teachers.  This is my first year with Prodigy.  I am excited to see what God has in store for me this year.  I love how, at Prodigy, we teach the students to love God and listen to Him each day while learning.  Each individual child is a gift from God, and teachers at Prodigy strive daily to meet them where they are.  I am blessed to be a part of Prodigy.  

Courtney  McVeigh
Friday Care Leader

BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders

I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to use the gifts that God has given me to glorify His kingdom through working with the children here at Prodigy. I believe in the importance of meeting a child where they are and seeing the child holistically. This opens the door for truly guiding them to become the person that God has created them to be. I embrace the opportunity to not only be an educator but a role model for students and value the interactions I have with them. I have over 8 years of experience working with kids and feel that it is my calling to help children reach their full potential. I am currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and will graduate in May 2019. 

Jasmine  MohdZain
3rd Grade Classroom Teacher

BS in Elementary Education

Being a teacher at Prodigy is an honor and a blessing.  Before graduating with a BS in Elementary Education, one of my dreams and prayers was to teach at a school that gave students the opportunity and support to think outside the box and to develop their relationship with Christ.  Prodigy does that and more.  It's my passion to see children reach and fulfill their God-given potential with a meaningful education and a personal relationship with God.

Christine  Mueller
5th-High School Social Studies
My name is Christine Mueller. I have been a world traveler all of my life, having lived in Okinawa and the Philippines as a child, and in Germany for five years, where I studied at the Heinrich Heine Universität. I married my husband Klaus there, and first learned to love the Lord there. Our children are Joy and Miles, and Miles went to PLA for his first six school years. My interests have always been toward history, social studies, linguistics, and international literature. I am fluent in English and in German, know some French, and am studying Mandarin Chinese. I have been involved with PLA since its inception, spending most of my time reading great works of international literature to students in various grades.
Alexis  Nolan
Teacher Assistant
Bachelors degree In Child Development and Associates of Art degree in child care and guidance.

I have previously worked with Pre-K for the last 5 years. I have several years of experience with the Reggio Emilia approach. My grandmother and mother were both teachers. I have always felt like God was calling me to work with kids. This will be my second year at Prodigy. I love the faith and family bond that everyone shares. The children are encouraged to do their best and love through God. So far teaching has been my most gratifying experience. 

Anna  Reeves
Art Teacher

BS in Communication Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship

I graduated from SEMO in 2016 with a BA in Communication Studies, and a minor in Entrepreneurship.  Throughout high school and college, I took many studio art classes and various medium specific classes.  I have found that when life becomes hard, exciting or challenging, I turn to art as an outlet.  I discovered my desire to teach while I was interning at a wilderness camp.  We were taught how to teach through experience, and when I came back from that summer, I knew I wanted to pursue something similar.  Now, it is my joy to have the opportunity to share my passion for art and experiential learning at PLA. 

Amanda  Walker
Finance Coordinator

BS in Architectural Engineering from Missouri S&T

I came to Prodigy through events that can only be explained by God. I am blessed to be able to use my experience with finances to assist PLA. I am also the booking/finance manager for the singing duo Brothers Walker and co-director of La Croix - Benton's Children's Ministry. 


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