Copyright © Jerrod Wheeler.

Educational Leader - Public Servant

Professional References


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

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Member, West Platte Board of Education

Mr. Justin Webb, Member, West Platte Board of Education

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

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

Dr. Randy Oliver, Curriculum Director, 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


Reference Contacts


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 Boards Asociation

573-682-4451


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


"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.


"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


"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, Fed. Prog. 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.

As. Dean, Texas A&M College of Pharmacy

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