Jeffries Journal

August Preview

Meet the Principal

Hello! My name is Tom Masterson and I am excited to be joining the Jeffries community as the new building principal. For the past two years, I have been the Assistant to the Principal at Sherwood Elementary and McGregor Elementary. Prior to that, I was a classroom teacher at McGregor. I have been married to my wife, Jessica, for 7 years and we have 2 children: Ryleigh, who is 5, and Owen, who is 10 months old. Ryleigh will be a kindergartener this year and my wife stays home with our son, due to his special needs.

I am excited to join a community in which we have fabulous teachers, invested parents, and dynamic students. I have been at Jeffries the entire month of July and it has been great walking around the building and seeing all that is going on during Explore. I look forward to meeting each of you and working together to make your students successful!

Thank you for all of your support,

Mr. Tom Masterson


Jeffries Elementary


Meet the Teacher

Monday, Aug. 13th, 4:30-6pm

4051 South Scenic Avenue

Springfield, MO

Come join us at our Meet the Teacher event. You can meet your child's teacher, look around the school, and set the tone for a great year!
Make sure to "like" us on Facebook. You can find our Facebook page HERE.

You can also follow on on Twitter HERE.

Both of these pages will be used to share upcoming info and to share all of the great things going on at Jeffries, plus much more!

Beginning of the Year Info

  • Class lists will be posted BY 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10
  • The office is back open for business on Wednesday, August 1. If you are planning to come up, always call ahead to make sure we don't miss you. Our office staff has a variety of trainings to attend during the days leading up to the first day of school and we would hate for you to make a trip and us not be in.
  • I will be sending this "Jeffries Journal" out each month, using your email addresses on file.
  • Supply Lists for the upcoming year can be found HERE
  • First day of school is Wednesday, August 15.
  • You can find the SPS District Calendar HERE
  • Remember, doors open at 8:20 a.m. and students must be here BY 8:50 a.m. to not be tardy and lose attendance points.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:35 p.m.
  • You can fill out the Free & Reduced Meal application HERE. We encourage all families to fill out this application to check for eligibility. HERE is additional

Staff List

Below you will find the list of our staff. If the staff member is new to Jeffries or changing grade levels, you will see that noted next to their name.

Our Kindergarten team:

Trisha Baugh

Rachelle Certain

Rachel Hulett (moving down to Kindergarten)

Katie Pennington

Our First Grade team:

Shelly Sawchak

Megan Sheets

Hannah Sparkman

Our Second Grade team:

Tiffany Coughenour

Carol Marlatt

Kristie Martin

Emily Neyer (moving up to 2nd grade)

Our Third Grade team:

Julie Allen

Tabitha Eutlser

Tanner Schmidt (new to Jeffries)

Kelsey Valis (Moving down to third)

Our Fourth Grade team:

Katie Bowers (new to Jeffries)

Wrendy Davolt

Rebekah Gingerich (new to Jeffries)

Joyce Hood (moving up to fourth)

Our Fifth Grade team:

Kelli Eberhart

Pamella Jones (new to Jeffries)

Adele O'Dell

Anna Sullivan (new to Jeffries)

Our Specialty team:

Jordan Fielding, PE

Angel Nahon, Art

Karen Harvey, Music

Dana Courter, Library (new to Jeffries)

Damon Carpenter, Instructional Technologist (new to Jeffries)

Ciara Howell, SPED

Hannah Davis, SPED

Maggie Medlen, Speech-Language Pathologist

Michelle Cameron, ELL Specialist

Tracy Livingston, Counselor

Danae Schindele, Part-time Counselor

Office Staff:

Jennelle Courtois, secretary

Melissa Shaw, AM secretary (new to Jeffries)

Laura Smith, Nurse

Brent Cook, Paraprofessional

Michael Dake, Assistant to the Principal

Tom Masterson, Principal (new to Jeffries)