August 18, 2020

Meet Our NEW Staff!


My name is Shannon Holden, and I am the Principal of Pierce City High School & Middle School. We are very excited to introduce our newest PCHS & PCMS staff!

We have a great mix of experienced veteran teachers and enthusiastic novices - we also have a couple of what I like to call "Eagle Success Stories". Two of our new teachers are PCHS graduates who are super excited to start their careers here!

Another addition to our staff that I am very pleased to announce is our School Protection Officer. We have brainstormed and debated the best way to keep our students safe over the last 12 months, and we feel like this is the BEST solution!

Here's to a GREAT 2020-2021 School Year! Drop me a line at sholden@pcschools.net if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Mrs. Candace Moore - HS/MS Front Office Secretary

Hello, my name is Candace Moore. I attended Mt. Vernon High School, graduating in 2011. I attended Missouri Southern State University and quickly jumped into the workforce. Over the last several years I have worked as an office administrator for a financial institution, an HR Assistant/Secretary at a factory, and most recently I have been a substitute teacher and a stay-at-home-mom. My husband Dustin and I have three beautiful daughters-- McKynlee (8), McKaylen (5) and McKeslie (1). We love camping/being at the lake, traveling and exploring new places! I am thrilled to assume the role as the MS/HS Secretary and can't wait to see what my future here at Pierce City holds!

Mr. William Gish - School Protection Officer

Mr. Gish is an Air Force Veteran with a wealth of tactical training. He served as a long-term substitute last year, and our PCHS students couldn't stop raving about his caring attitude and easy-going manner. Mr. Gish was also the featured speaker at last years Veteran's Day Assembly. We are excited to have SPO Gish on our team!

Mr. Ian Margreiter - Director of Special Education

Mr. Margreiter graduated from Pittsburg State University and taught Special Education for nine years in Sparta and Republic before becoming a High School Principal in western Kansas. For the last seven years, Ian has been the Assistant Principal at Buffalo Prairie Middle School.

Ms. Amber Wagner - HS Art

Hello! I am Ms. Wagner, the new High School Art Teacher. When I graduated from Pierce City in 2015, I told myself that I would come back and teach here someday. I am still so astonished that my dreams actually came true! I am a Missouri Southern State graduate with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, a Bachelors in Art Education, a Minor in Art History, and a Minor in Spanish. I am a first year teacher filled with eagerness to engage students in a fun and creative way. I am ecstatic to introduce new and meaningful learning experiences to each and every student. A little fun fact about me is that I love to travel and try crazy activities. I have been to Spain, France, Portugal, and Norway. I have been skydiving twice and I went cage diving with sharks at the Wildlife Aquarium in Springfield. I am excited and prepared to begin this new chapter of my life right here in my hometown.

Mr. Craig Hicks - HS Math

I went to Republic High School and graduated in 2002. I went to Drury University and graduated in 2017. I am in my 4th year of teaching. I taught 2 years at Ash Grove High School and one at Republic Middle School. I love teaching and being in the classroom, so after the long break, I am looking forward to having students back in the classroom. I am a big sports fanatic. Baseball is my favorite, with the Cubs being my favorite team. I actually played in college until my hips forced me to hang em up. Football is great as well and I am currently trying to get better at golf. I came to Pierce City because I heard good things from people in Republic about Mr. Holden and playing against Pierce City at Ash Grove, I could tell that the kids were good and there was a good culture in place in the district.

Mrs. Ana Wood - HS/MS Spanish

I was born and raised in Mexico. My mother and father were both teachers. From a young age, I fell in love with knowledge and as a student, I achieved my goals and gained many awards and recognition for my work. I hold a Master's Degree of Arts in Teaching, I also have 5 years of experience as Spanish Teacher and I was the IB Spanish teacher for Central High School in Springfield, MO for 2 years. I love the outdoors and spending time with my husband, 3 stepsons and my beloved cats.

Elaine Parrigon - MS Art

My name is Elaine Parrigon. I went to high school here in Pierce City. While attending Pierce City High School, I played volleyball all four years. I continued my education at Crowder College for two years, and then transferred to Missouri Southern State University where I received my degree in K-12 art education. I’m very excited to begin my journey as the assistant middle school volleyball coach, assistant middle school girls’ basketball coach and the middle school/high school art teacher.

My dream to become an art teacher began in 2nd grade, and like most children growing up, I changed my mind and wanted to become something else, that was a marine biologist. That dream quickly changed when I learned that I would have to move far from Pierce City for that job. Being a family oriented person, I was not willing to leave my family and hometown behind. So, then it stuck! I wanted to be an art teacher and for my favorite place in the world, here in my hometown!

This will be my first year teaching, and I am very excited to see what my students will make and what they will teach me throughout the year. When I did my student teaching here at Pierce City, they were always surprising me with what they would come up with. The creativity is outstanding and I cannot wait to see where we can take it.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending my time with my family and fiancé Trey. We are huge St. Louis Cardinals fans, and we usually travel every summer to a game across the country.

I am very excited to help my students fall in love with learning again. Learning is a lifelong process, so I want them to see the joy in it. And there is no better place for learning than in Eagle Country.

Mr. Joe Swaffar - HS History

I grew up on a family farm in central Arkansas. We raised Charolais cattle and Bermuda hay for over 50 years. It was a great life and taught me the value of hard work. I decided to pursue a teaching career and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1996 majoring in history with a minor in English. I also received a master’s in 2001 focusing on Secondary Administration from Arkansas State University. I have two awesome daughters that are 20 and 25 years old that I taught during the 18 years I was at Rose Bud High School near our family farm. My daughters graduated from Rose Bud and have gone on to study at the University of Central Arkansas as well. My youngest daughter is a junior at UCA and the oldest graduated UAMS in Little Rock and is now a pharmacist. I know the value of education first hand and have always strived to pass that gift to my girls! A quality education is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. I moved to a beautiful area on the Arkansas-Missouri border three years ago near Eagle Rock, Missouri. I was visiting friends and fell in love with the area! I’m very excited to have the opportunity to teach at Pierce City! The people and the area are exceptional. I look forward to being an Eagle for many years to come!

Mr. Isaac Melin - HS/MS Ag

Mr. Melin has many years of experience in the field of Agriculture. He attended high school in Carthage and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2004. Mr. Melin taught for seven years in Golden City before spending the last eight years working in private industry.

Mr. Nick Winger - Middle School ELA

Mr. Winger comes to us from El Paso, Texas! After graduating from high school in El Paso, Nick earned his degree from Mayville State University in North Dakota. Mr. Winger's mother has taught for the past 30 years, and is the inspiration behind Nick's desire to make a difference in the lives of students. Nick's hobbies include watching sports, playing sports, and coaching - including coaching our Pierce City Middle School Eagles football team this fall!

Mr. Kevin Mouser - HS Special Education

Mr. Mouser is originally from a farm west of St. Louis where he grew up wandering the woods and raising steers. He was educated first at Wright City High School and earned his Bachelor's in Biology at College of the Ozarks. After some soul searching and wandering about Missouri he landed in Stella, Mo., earned his Masters in Special Education and taught at East Newton for 13 years. He is thrilled to be teaching in Pierce City, the home of the Eagles. In his spare time he is an amateur photographer and a Master Naturalist in both Missouri and Arkansas.
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