Lower School

Heather Eubank

Head of Lower School

heubank@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 771-2201

Pam Armor

Fourth Grade

parmor@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 519
Mrs. Armor's Blog

Amani Braxton '13

Assistant Teacher

abraxton@wcsks.com

I first came to Collegiate as a freshman in 2009. The atmosphere and family feeling was so new to me because I came from a military household where moving around was the norm. I felt at home making new friends and eventually meeting the love of my life with whom I raise my four furry babies. My experiences as a teacher and para-educator have been wonderful, and I have worked with all ages from toddler to high school. I hope to help children prepare for the future as well as create a safe environment where they can find their true potential. It has always been my dream to work at Collegiate, and I am so happy to see it come true! I have made so many memories as a graduate from WCS, and now I am super excited to make new memories as staff!

Tel: (316) 634-0433 
 

Meg Carte

Lower School Art

mcarte@wcsks.com

 

I am excited to be appointed to the WCS staff this year! This will be my 28th year teaching art to children. I moved to Wichita from Tampa, Florida two years ago with my husband, Jim, and daughter, DeVeaux. While living in Florida, I taught art in both private and public schools and as a museum educator at the Tampa Museum of Art. Although I lived in Tampa for over 30 years, I do have a connection to Kansas, I graduated with a B.F.A. from Washburn University in Topeka. I am thrilled to be teaching art again- art is my super power!

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 404
Mrs. Carte's Blog

Kasey Criser

second Grade

kcriser@wcsks.com

 

I feel blessed and honored to be a teacher in the Lower School at WCS! After spending a year in the Early Childhood Devision and multiple summers teaching on campus, I am proud to finally call Wichita Collegiate my home. I was born and raised in Wichita and attended Kansas State University where I received my B.A. in Elementary Education. Go Cats! Teaching is something I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. It is rewarding to be a part of each child's growth academically, socially, and emotionally. It is my goal to create an appealing, engaging, comfortable, and safe learning environment for my students. It brings me such joy to share my love of learning with the WCS community! 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 541
Ms. Criser's Blog

Erin DeSplinter

LOWER SCHOOL SCIENCE

edesplinter@wcsks.com

I am excited to be joining the WCS family this year!  I have been a teacher for over 11 years.  Between staying home with my three children, I have taught second and third grade, lower school science, and developed curriculum at 6 different independent private schools around the country.  My family and I moved here from Des Moines, Iowa and are excited to call Wichita, Kansas home.  I received my Education degree from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame.  I was a University of Notre Dame cheerleader, and my family and I love to cheer on the Irish. Chicago was one of the places we have called home and are Blackhawk and Cub fans for life!   My favorite part of teaching is being able to show students their limitless potential and discover the true joy of a challenge.  In our classroom, we believe in the power of YET! 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 464
Mrs. DeSplinter's Blog

Jennifer Hearne

Counselor, Positive Steps

jhearne@wcsks.com

 

 

 

“Childhood is a journey, not a race.”  These words guide my philosophy as a teacher and counselor at WCS because every child develops at their own pace and in their own way.  I joined the Collegiate family in 2011 as a counselor for the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions.  I also have the privilege of teaching Positive Steps class to the lower school students. I received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas, my a B.A. in Elementary Education (with an endorsement in Early Childhood) and my M.Ed in Counseling from Wichita State University. As a parent of two children, I know that parenting comes with many ups and downs, but I believe that every step of our journey is an opportunity to learn and grow. I am here for parents or students that would like support or a sounding board during these early years. Collegiate is such a supportive environment, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Tel: (316) 771-2238
Mrs. Hearne's Blog

Ashleigh Hennessy

Physical Education

ahennessy@wcsks.com

 

 

I have the best job in the world! My passion is teaching children how to be healthy, active individuals so they can be the best version of themselves. This is done through sport skill development, individual and group sport games, fitness activities and testing, health activities, and nutrition lessons. My goal for all of my students is that they will arrive in Middle School, having a physical activity or sport they truly enjoy participating in, and that they are able to make smart, healthful choices to proceed into a successful adult life.

My time after school is spent coaching the WCS Cheerleading program and Sparty the WCS Mascot. Coming from a long gymnastic and cheerleading background, coaching has been a very fun and rewarding experience for me. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to build my own program, coaching both the high school squad and middle school squad. You can find us at every pep rally, football, and basketball game!

At home, I love to spend time with my supportive husband Sean, and our two dogs Axis and Maya. We enjoy exercising together, attending our church, and traveling.

Overall, I am so honored and proud to be a part of the WCS family. There is no better place to be!

 

Tel: (316) 771-2297
Mrs. Hennessy's Blog

Jennifer Hinz

Assistant teacher

jhinz@wcsks.com

 

I am so happy to be joining Wichita Collegiate as an Assistant Teacher this year! During college, I studied Communications and received my Bachelor’s Degree from Southwest Baptist University. It was after working in that field for awhile, I realized the classroom is where I belonged. I then attended Wichita State University and received a BA in Elementary Education. I taught in the public school system for a few years until our first child was born 11 years ago. Since then, I have enjoyed being a mom to two wonderful kids, Evie (11) and Max (6). Now that they are both in school, I am delighted to be in a school environment again. I consider it a privilege to be here to help the students as well as the teachers and I’m looking forward to a great year! 
 
 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0433
 

Kristy Hoffman

Computer

khoffman@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 476
Mrs. Hoffman's Blog

Alisa Lundstedt

third Grade

alundstedt@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 508
Mrs. Lundstedt's Blog

Shirley Meissner

Second Grade

smeissner@wcsks.com

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!

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 475
Mrs. Meissner's Blog

Lindsey Noble

Third Grade

lnoble@wcsks.com

I am delighted to be joining the exceptional staff of WCS this year! I am originally from the St. Louis area (Go Cards!) and attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.  I taught third grade in Edwardsville for over six years and also earned my National Board Certification during that time. In early 2013, I moved to England with my husband who was reassigned to Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base.  While living in England, I had the privilege of teaching third and fourth grade students for three years at Moreton Hall Prep, an international British Preparatory School. During our time in England, we had two children, Henry and Meredith, and had many adventures all over Europe.  In late 2016, my husband was reassigned again to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, KS.  We quickly fell in love with the friendly people of Wichita, including those we met through our son’s school, Wichita Collegiate.  I can think of no greater blessing than teaching at such an outstanding school with such a familial atmosphere.  I enjoy helping students realize their full potential as well as working out, cooking, reading, and a good pun!  

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 474
Mrs. Noble's Blog

Holly Parker

first grade

hparker@wcsks.com

Welcome to Wichita Collegiate First Grade!! I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Collegiate family as a first grade teacher! This will be my 11th year in education. I previously taught both second and first grade in Whitehouse, Texas. “Happiness is loving what you do!” I LOVE coming to work every day and experiencing my students’ learning.  First grade is such a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!!! My family and I recently moved to Wichita from Tyler, Texas. I have been married for 12 years and Brandon and I have two adorable, fun and spirited daughters who will also be joining the Collegiate family.  Brandon and I are both graduates of Texas A & M University- WHOOP! I love to travel and vacation at the beach! I’m looking forward to a wonderful year here at Wichita Collegiate!!

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 459
Mrs. Parker's Blog

Alejandra Pizarro-Rommann

Spanish

apizarrorommann@wcsks.com

I have had the privilege of teaching at Wichita Collegiate since 2012. I currently teach the Spanish Language to the amazing 1st-6th graders. 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!

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 411
Señora Pizarro-Rommann's Blog

Kari Plagmann

Music

kplagmann@wcsks.com

I am excited to be joining the WCS staff this year! Born and raised here in the Wichita area, I graduated from Wichita State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education. I started my career teaching elementary general music in Newton, KS, where I taught for four years. During that time, I completed WSU’s Kodaly Certification courses, which has helped me to better teach, engage, and provide enriching musical experiences for my students. Outside of school, I enjoy singing in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus and attending yoga classes. Whenever I travel, I always try to add to my pressed penny collection, which currently numbers nearly 500 unique pennies. At home, I enjoy catching up on my favorite TV shows, reading the next book on my shelf, and watching the antics of my pet turtle swimming around her tank.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 591
Ms. Plagmann's Blog

Leslie Prechtel

Head Librarian

lprechtel@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 771-2217
Mrs. Prechtel's Blog

Laura Reed

 

First Grade

lreed@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 461
Mrs. Reed's Blog

Renee Shofner

First Grade

rshofner@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 516
Mrs. Shofner's Blog

Jena Simms

First Grade

jsimms@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 452
Mrs. Simms' Blog

Mamba Tibbals

fourth grade

mtibbals@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 562
Mrs. Tibbals' Blog

Cassandra Timko

Fourth Grade

ctimko@wcsks.com

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.

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 453
Ms. Timko's Blog

Sarah Tjaden

LS Administrative Assisant

stjaden@wcsks.com

 

Hello! I'm Sarah Tjaden, and I'm excited to be joining Wichita Collegiate Lower School to start the 2018-2019 school year! I'm a country girl who grew up on a farm outside the small town of Lindsborg, Kansas, affectionately nicknamed "Little Sweden USA." I attended Smoky Valley schools and was blessed to have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities throughout my years - including competing against Wichita Collegiate in sports from time to time! I earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Graphic Design from Kansas State University, and have been in the banking industry in customer service for the last 10 years since moving to Wichita. Working in a school is new to me, but the environment of education is not! My husband is a middle school Social Studies teacher, and my mother taught Special Education for many years. In my free time I love to read, sew, craft, and spend time with my husband and our two dogs. I'm a Viking, a Wildcat, and now a Spartan! I'm thrilled to become part of the WCS family, and am looking forward to getting to know all our students and their families!
 

 

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 251
 

Patti Yetter

second grade

pyetter@wcsks.com

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.  

Tel: (316) 634-0489 ext. 526
Mrs. Yetter's Blog