Lower School

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Lower School Administration
Heather Eubank Head of Lower School Dr. Heather Eubank has been in education since 1993.  She received her B.A. in Elementary Education, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Wichita State University. She also holds a Building Level Administrative Certificate from Baker University.  Heather has taught students from Pre-K through high school as well as served as an elementary principal and district curriculum director in both Kansas and Missouri.  Heather’s husband, Jason, is an optometrist, and her daughters, Oliva and Tess, attend Collegiate as well.  During her free time, Heather enjoys singing, reading, and watching her girls play competitive softball. heubank@wcsks.com (316) 771-2251
Kathy Rukes '99 Administrative Assistant A class of 1999 graduate of Wichita Collegiate School, Kathy went on to graduate from Creighton University in 2003, where she earned a B.A. in English-Creative Writing.  Discovering a love of education during her time at Creighton, she earned a Master’s of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas in 2005.  After working at KU for several years and Wichita State University briefly, she decided to stay at home with her young family.  During that time, she developed her own graphic design business and began assisting Wichita Collegiate School with their publications.  She has been head coach of the Middle School volleyball team since 2009 and joined the Lower School staff full time in 2015.  As an alum, parent, and staff member, Kathy can uniquely understand and appreciate the value that a Collegiate education offers its students. krukes@wcsks.com (316) 771-2251
Lower School Counselor
Jennifer Hearne EC & LS Counselor, Positive Steps Teacher

Childhood is a journey, not a race. This is one of my favorite sayings that summarizes my teaching and parenting philosophy. Of course, that journey continues in all stages of life and I am blessed that WCS is a part of mine.  I have the good fortune to not only be a counselor for the Early Childhood and Lower divisions, but also teach a class to Lower School students called Positive Steps. I had many years of classroom teaching experience prior to getting my Masters of Education Counseling in 2003. As a parent of two children, I know that the parenting journey can feel more like a roller coaster at times. But I believe that every step of our journey is unique and an opportunity to learn and grow. I am here for parents or students that would like a little support or sounding board during the early years. Collegiate is such a supportive environment and I am thrilled that I can be a part of it.  Mrs. Hearne's Blog

 

 

jhearne@wcsks.com (316) 771-2238
First Grade
Alisa Lundstedt
 
First Grade Teacher

I feel so fortunate to work with the outstanding staff and students at Collegiate. The high expectations, focus on student motivation and engagement, as well as excellent parent and community partnerships, truly distinguish Collegiate from other schools.  I believe that children need a strong foundation to build upon to achieve academic success. My passion is helping to create this foundation, while also instilling a love for learning in each child.  Building relationships and fostering a community of learners create a safe learning environment where every child can grow to his or her potential.

Mrs. Lundstedt's Blog

alundstedt@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 508
Renee Shofner First Grade Teacher

I have been blessed to be a member of the Collegiate family since 2011 and have found it to be an amazing community that truly loves and cares for each member whether student, parent, or staff. I was born and raised in Kansas, beginning my teaching career in 1983, but took a few years off to be a stay at home mom and have found my niche working with first graders and their families. I enjoy music, cooking, reading, and art which guides me in understanding the importance of creating an atmosphere in which children are provided with diverse and varied learning opportunities to meet their individual learning style. I am passionate about teaching and learning striving to create an environment where children can feel safe to try new things, learn, grow, and gain confidence to accept new challenges.

Mrs. Shofner's Blog

rshofner@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 516
Jena Simms First Grade Teacher

It has been my privilege to be a part of the WCS Lower School staff since 2013. I have a Business Management degree from Friends University and an Elementary Education degree from Fort Hays State University.  I have a passion for teaching young minds to read and explore numbers. I am a kinesthetic learner and try to incorporate movement in my classroom whenever possible. A goal I have each year for the students I teach is that they will come away from first grade better equipped to handle the challenges of life with a positive attitude.

Mrs. Simms' Blog

jsimms@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 452
Laura Reed First Grade Teacher

Hello!  My name is Laura Reed and I teach first grade in the Lower School.  I grew up in Fulton, MO and received my Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  This is my 26th year of teaching.  Over the years I have taught kindergarten, first, and fifth grade.  Most recently I was a literacy coach and reading specialist for the Wentzville school district. I am married to Mike Reed, and we have a beautiful daughter named Sarah.  Sarah is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in journalism.  Mike has a son, Nick in Wentzville, MO, and a daughter, Jamie Blanchaert who lives in Wichita. Both NIck and Jamie are married and have two kids. We enjoy playing with the grandchildren!  Outside of work I love to read, shop, and try new restaurants with family and friends.

 

Mrs. Reed's Blog

 

lreed@wcsks.com (316)634-0489 ext. 459
Second Grade
Shirley Meissner Second Grade Teacher

Oh the Places You’ll Go in second grade! I have taught in private schools in Wichita since 1978 and joined the exemplary staff at WCS in 2011. Teaching is my passion using a variety of technological formats in a unique classroom environment.  My husband and I sing in the Wichita Symphony Chorus, Ballet Wichita Chorus, Friends University Alumni Chorus, and cantor for our church.  My suitcase is always ready to be packed to travel to the next adventure. I love to cook, sew, take pictures of my family and find the next Dr. Seuss item for my classroom!

Mrs. Meissner's Blog

smeissner@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 475
Josh Griffis Second Grade Teacher

Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” As I go into my first full year at WCS, my hope is to instill in each student a longing for the endless immensity of knowledge, education, and personal growth. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved sports and art, and I believe that many of the lessons I learned throughout those experiences have guided my life: hard-work, effort, teamwork, and creativity. I believe that these lessons are just as valuable inside of a classroom as they are on the sports field or with paint and a brush. Even though I am a Tiger, graduating with my elementary education degree from Fort Hays State University, I love cheering on our WSU Shockers, KSU Wildcats, and KU Jayhawks. I am honored and blessed to be a part of the WCS family.

Mr. Griffis' Blog

 

 

jgriffis@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 541
Patti Yetter Second Grade Teacher

Patti has worked in education since graduating from Wichita State University in 1986.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with minors in Early Childhood and Speech Pathology.  Most recently, Patti has served in several long-term substitute positions here at Collegiate where she was quickly accepted by students, parents, and staff.  She has a quick laugh, a keen mind, and a genuine smile.  

Mrs. Yetter's Blog

pyetter@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 526
Third Grade
Cindy Davis Third Grade Teacher

I was fortunate to become part of the WCS family in 2011. Being a part of Collegiate is like no other experience. I feel truly blessed to work with such a devoted staff and fellow teachers all of whom put children first. I am originally from Northwest Arkansas where I graduated from the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Go Hogs! I also have my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State. As a Kagan Coach and Kagan School Trainer, I believe in the power of structured, cooperative learning. Learning should be fun! Students should be communicating and moving while learning in a safe and structured environment. Teaching is my passion.  It is a blessing to live what I love each and every day!

Mrs. Davis' Blog

cdavis@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 461
Alanea Endsley Third Grade Teacher

Joining the Lower School staff in the fall of 2014 has felt like finally coming home after 5 years in the public school system. The approach that Collegiate has in educating their students aligns completely with my teaching philosophy. It is such a privilege to see students be able to excel and grow in an environment that affords them the opportunity to become lifelong learners, as well as upstanding citizens not only of our school, but of our community.

Mrs. Endsley's Blog

aendsley@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 474
Jaime Hutchinson Third Grade Teacher

Hi! I am Jaime Hutchinson, and I am excited to be teaching third grade this year!  I have been a teacher, a staff developer, a curriculum director, and a principal over the 22 years I have been in education.  My favorite of all of these jobs is being a teacher, so I am more than overjoyed to be returning to doing what brings me the most joy: teaching. 

Outside of work I have three wonderful children, each at a different level in the school system: elementary, middle, and high school.  Over the years I have enjoyed traveling and learning about many different cultures, including living for a short time in South America.  I love to run and spend time at my church and with my children. I consider myself a continual learner of life, academics, and of people.  

Mrs. Hutchinson's Blog

jhutchinson@wcsks.com (316)634-0489 ext. 451
Fourth Grade
Pam Armor Fourth Grade Teacher

Boomer Sooner!  I am a proud graduate of The University of Oklahoma where I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  I was blessed to join the Collegiate family in 2008.  It is my hope that I empower children to think and inspire them to become lifelong learners.  I have a quote on my classroom wall that states, "Every Child Is A Story Yet To Be Told."  This quote reminds me daily that each one of my students is unique, special and is the author of their story.  It is my job to guide these students through fourth grade and help their story become a success.  I am the proud mom of Austin, a student at Baylor University, Allie WCS Class of 2016 and Cameron WCS Class of 2022.  My husband Clark and I enjoy family activities, OKC Thunder games, Sooner football and traveling.

Mrs. Armor's Blog

parmor@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 519
Mamba Tibbals
 
Fourth Grade Teacher

My simple roots of upbringing on a West Texas farm molded in me early on the value of family love and taking pride in what I do.  Those basic principles guide me every day.  I pour my heart and soul into my teaching, ever mindful I am helping to mold the future.  I strive to make learning fun and creative and encourage independent, excited learners to take pride in giving their best.  We are proud to feel a respectful, family bond in our room.  My Bachelor of Science degree was earned from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  The majority of my teaching has been in fourth grade private schools.  My husband and I adore our grand grandchildren and KU basketball…Rock Chalk, yall!  I loved WCS long before I began teaching here, as my children are WCS alumni.  The rich traditions they experienced are thriving still today.  My simple roots are nourished with love of this school family and pride of being a WCS educator.

Mrs. Tibbals' Blog

mtibbals@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 562
Cassandra Timko Fourth Grade Teacher

Both of my parents were educators and as long as I can remember that's all I ever wanted to do.  One of my first experiences working with a student was when I was in college and had the opportunity to tutor a first grade boy. It was so rewarding watching his progress as he learned how to read. I completed my student teaching in London, England, which was an eye opening experience as it was the first time I had ever flown overseas. I was assigned to assist in a kindergarten classroom where there were 30 students. I can still recall how nervous I was trying to get all the kids on the subway before the doors closed. Having taught over 15 years I'm most passionate about helping all kinds of learners find success in the classroom and support teachers by facilitating workshops during the summer. My favorite time of the year is when school begins because there is so much excitement and positive energy. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Collegiate community and look forward to a great year.

Ms. Timko's Blog

ctimko@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 453
Specials
Loni Griffin Music Teacher

I have taught at Collegiate since 2012 and have loved every second of it! Teaching music to children is my passion; I couldn't imagine doing anything else! During a student's four years in music class at the Lower School, they will learn the foundations of becoming a strong and competent musician. I am also the director of the very talented Girl Choir. This is an auditioned honor choir for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls. We rehearse twice a week before school. I am married to a wonderfully supportive man, Nate Griffin. We are dog lovers through and through! We have three Australian Shepherds, Jeter, Dixie and Tigger. I am looking forward to another year of making music with your students!

Mrs. Griffin's Blog

lgriffin@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 591
Kristy Hoffman Computer Teacher

I am a Wichita State Shocker, through and through! I earned both my Bachelor of Arts and Master in Business Administration from WSU. In 1999, I brought my daughter to Kindergarten at Collegiate, and I started teaching Lower School computer classes here in 2000. I love teaching the children at Collegiate because they are all eager to learn and are always ready to gain new skills. Even though lots of things have changed over the years, my passion for the students and their learning has only grown stronger. You can also find me at the Middle School Help Desk, helping students with computer problems.

Mrs. Hoffman's Blog 

khoffman@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 476
Sherri Newlin Science Teacher

Our family came to Collegiate in the year 2000 when I began teaching second grade and our three children started their education here.  We have been fortunate enough to have two children graduate from WCS and one is a member of the Class of 2016.  The most wonderful aspect about Collegiate is the sense of community that surrounds it!  I have been teaching since 1985 and have never witnessed this in another setting!  I loved teaching second grade but after ten years I moved down the hall to the science room and have the joy of teaching all Lower School students!

Mrs. Newlin's Blog

snewlin@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 464
Alejandra Pizarro-Rommann Spanish Teacher

I have had the privilege of teaching the Spanish Language to the amazing 4th, 5th and 6th graders since 2012. Being part of this wonderful school  makes me feel like the most blessed person on earth. Everyone here is just great and caring I am looking forward to learning more from this family and sharing what I know as well. Glad I have learned about the past, extremely happy to be part of the present and excited for the future of all of our students!

Señora Pizarro-Rommann's Blog

 

 

apizarrorommann@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 411
Pat Swearingen Art Teacher

My name is Pat Swearingen, and I am an animal lover, horse rider, and teacher. I have been lucky enough to teach at Wichita Collegiate Lower School since 1996. For most of those years, I was a third grade teacher; but since 2012, I have been the Lower School art teacher. One of my favorite things in the world is to show children that they are artists and help them connect with art history.

Mrs. Swearingen's Blog

pswearingen@wcsks.com (316) 634-0489 ext. 404
Ashleigh Hennessy Physical Education Teacher Mrs. Hennessy's Blog ahennessy@wcsks.com (316) 771-2297
Library
Leslie Prechtel Head Librarian

The Prechtel family’s relationship with Collegiate began over fifty years ago. My father-in-law was a member of the original board and my husband was a member of the second graduating class. My relationship with Collegiate began when we brought our daughter, Abbie ’97, to preschool in 1982. For the next 10 years I was an at home mom who became very involved with Collegiate life. I helped with classroom projects, was a member of CAP, and a volunteer in the library. In 1993, Bunny Hill gave me the chance of a lifetime and I became the Upper School librarian. I worked under a Head Librarian who encouraged me to return to school to earn my Masters in Library Science. In 2001, I completed my MLS at Emporia State. I feel blessed every day that I have the opportunity to work at Collegiate. My dream is for Collegiate to grow stronger with each passing year and to one day celebrate its one hundredth anniversary.

Mrs. Prechtel's Blog

lprechtel@wcsks.com (316) 771-2217
Tonya Broberg Library Assistant   tbroberg@wcsks.com (316) 771-2217
Assistant Teachers
Tessa Aldag '11 Assistant Teacher Tessa may be a familiar face to many of our Collegiate families since she graduated from WCS in 2011.  Tessa recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology last May at the University of Kansas.  She also holds a minor in Dance.  Tessa is working toward the completion of a second degree in Secondary Science Education.  She hopes to one day teach general science to students at the elementary or middle school level.  As a WCS alum, Tessa brings a unique perspective to the expectations we hold for all children as they move through our challenging program. taldag@wcsks.com  
Diana Maloney Assistant Teacher   dmaloney@wcsks.com  
Anne Root Assistant Teacher   aroot2@wcsks.com  
Kids Club
Kathy Breeden Kids Club Supervisor   kbreeden@wcsks.com (316) 771-2309