PCHS & PCMS "Eagle UPDATE"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Ian Margreiter - Director of Special Education
Ms. Amber Wagner - HS Art
Mr. Craig Hicks - HS Math
Mrs. Ana Wood - HS/MS Spanish
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!