Three new administrators have been hired in the Mexico Public School District. There will be a meet-and-greet reception for the public to meet the administrators beginning at 6 p.m. prior to the Board of Education meeting Tuesday, May 21.
Rebecca Moppin will be principal at McMillan Elementary School, Emily Schmidt will be the Special Education director, and Joyce Fenner will be director of food service.
Moppin, who grew up in the area, graduating from North Callaway High School, will begin her duties July 1. She is currently an art educator at Blair Oaks Middle School.
She received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and specialist degree in Administration, all from William Woods University.
"I am looking forward to moving to Mexico," Moppin said. "I am happy to be coming back to the area so my children can be closer to family."
She is also excited about maintaining the direction of McMillan. "I know good things are happening at the school, and I want to use my experience in curriculum and Common Core/Missouri Learning Standards to set goals with the staff and students and families to continue to move forward in a positive way," Moppin said.
Moppin also teaches online and is a curriculum consultant for William Woods University.
She is the mother of three children: Jeffree, 19; Pake, 11; and Emily, 5.
Emily Schmidt will be the new Director of Special Education and Director of Student Services for the Early Childhood Center, effective July 1. She is currently Director of Special Services for the Hallsville R-4 Schools.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Special Education from Miami University of Ohio, and her master's degree in Educational Administration at William Woods University.
Schmidt currently resides in Mexico, and was previously employed as Special Education Process Coordinator and Autism and Behavior Consultant for the Mexico schools. In her 15 years in special education, she has taught all grade levels, from preschool through twelfth grade.
"Mexico is home; I have lived in this community for six years," Schmidt said."My husband is a lieutenant for the Public Safety Department. We attend church at Mexico United Methodist, and enjoy participating in community theater productions. We both value serving the community in which we live, and I am tremendously excited to be returning to work for Mexico Public Schools."
Schmidt and her husband Brian have a five-month-old son, Jay.
Joyce Fenner will be the new Food Service Director. She is currently working as the dining room manager and assistant food service director at The Terrace retirement apartments in Columbia.
She earned certification from the Columbia Area Career Center in the areas of Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional. She is an experienced chef.
Page 2 of 2 - "I am excited to be working in Mexico," Fenner said. "Although in recent years I have been in senior living food service, I have done school food service before and enjoy it immensely. Having a part in development of our youth is exciting. Hopefully, I will play a part in teaching them the importance of proper nutrition and staying active."
She and her husband Bryant are the parents of three grown daughters and Thomas, age 15, and Elizabeth, age 14.