Josh Yancey to be band director

Dr. Larry Nelson, principal of Elkhorn Elementary in Excelsior Springs, has been named assistant superintendent of the Mexico School District. Nelson, was approved by the Board of Education at the monthly meeting held on March 21.

"It’s an honor to join the talented team of educators in Mexico Public Schools. I am looking forward to getting to know the community and partnering with students, teachers, administrators, and parents as we work to prepare students to thrive in the 21st century." Nelson said in a press release from the school district.

Nelson, who begins his employment July 1, will begin his 18th year in education and 10th year as an administrator. His instructional experience is diverse with eight years of teaching experience in Colorado and Missouri. He taught for two years in North Kansas City at the middle level where he served as a sixth grade math and science teacher. He taught for six years at the elementary level in grades three and five and served one year as a reading interventionist.

Dr. Zachary Templeton, who was recently named as the new Mexico Superintendent of Schools, said he is pleased to have Nelson hired for the upcoming school year. "I am very excited that Dr. Nelson has accepted the job," he said. "His experiences as an elementary teacher and administrator, as well as, the obvious impact he’s had on student achievement, made Dr. Nelson our top choice in a very competitive interview process. I believe that he will have a positive influence on the Mexico School District in his new role. I am excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Nelson to make our school system great."

During his tenure at Elkhorn he led the implementation of several instructional initiatives to support literacy and mathematical understanding including Making Meaning, Six Minute Solution, Being a Writer, enVisionmath, student goal setting conferences, response to intervention, and data teams. He supported instructional shifts including the purposeful integration of technology and inquiry-based learning strategies. In 2016, Elkhorn earned 100 percent of APR points and achieved a proportional attendance rate of 96.4 percent. This reflects a 14.3 percent increase in ELA achievement, a 5.8 percent increase in math achievement, and a 6.6 percent increase in proportional student attendance since 2011.

Josh Yancey has been hired as the Mexico High School Band Director for the 2017-2018 School year.

Yancey is the director of bands at Centralia High School. He is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College with a BME and earned his MME from Central Methodist University. He is a MSHSAA certified adjudicator. Yancey is a low brass specialist, playing the tuba, euphonium and trombone. He is also an active vocal teacher teaching the seventh grade choir and the Chancel Choir at the First Presbyterian Church here.

“We had several fine applicants to serve as our new director. Mr. Yancey was one of 27 applicants we reviewed to fill this position. He has a strong background in music and building successful programs. I was also impressed with his commitment to his students. Mr. Yancey’s community connections, experience and strong work ethic will benefit our students. I’m looking forward to having this seasoned professional on-board at MHS for our kids.” Stated Dr. Terry Robinson, Mexico High School Principal.

Yancey’s wife Lindsey is the high school librarian at Mexico High in Mexico, and they have two sons Jude, 9, and Myles, 7.