The Lee’s Summit R-7 District Board of Education met Feb. 25, 2021 and approved the employment of four administrators who will begin their tenure in July 2021.

Shelly Sanders

Shelly Sanders

The Board approved the employment of Ms. Shelly Sanders as Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Services, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Sanders, currently an elementary principal in North Kansas City Schools, has worked in education since 2003, serving as a principal, assistant principal and teaching and learning coach in North Kansas City Schools. As a teacher, she taught in Lome, Togo in West Africa; Smyrna, Ga.; and Columbia, Mo.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in learning and instruction from the University of Missouri, and will receive her specialist’s degree in education from the University of Missouri in July 2021.

Ms. Sanders received North Kansas City Schools’ Dr. Vickie L. Baker Leadership Award.

Nathan Holder

Nathan Holder

The Board approved the employment of Mr. Nathan Holder as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, effective July 1, 2021. Mr. Holder, currently an Assistant Superintendent in the Festus R-VI School District, has worked in education since 1997, previously serving as Superintendent in the Steelville R-III School District and Raymondville R-VII School District, an elementary principal in the Plato R-V School District, a high school principal in the Crawford County R-I School District, a teacher and basketball/golf coach in the Crawford County R-I School District and a teacher in the Palmyra R-I School District.

Mr. Holder earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Webster University, and he earned his master’s degree in educational administration and his specialist’s degree in education from William Woods University.

Whitney Morehead

Whitney Morehead

The Board approved the employment of Dr. Whitney Morehead, currently Assistant Principal at Summit Lakes Middle School, as principal of LSR7’s fourth middle school, effective July 1, 2021. The new middle school is scheduled to open for the 2022-2023 school year, when sixth grade across the district will move to middle school. Dr. Morehead will be preparing throughout the 2021-2022 school year for the new middle school to open.

Dr. Morehead started her educational career in 2004 as a teacher at Summit Lakes. Dr. Morehead earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Truman State University, her master’s degree in teaching and specialist’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Central Missouri, and her doctoral degree in education from St. Louis University.

Dr. Morehead received the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals’ Association Exemplary New Principal of the Year award.

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

The Board approved the employment of Dr. Christine Johnson as Principal at Meadow Lane Elementary, effective July 26, 2021. Dr. Johnson, currently an elementary principal in the Warrensburg R-VI School District, has worked in education since 2002, previously serving as an elementary and special education teacher in Grain Valley Schools and a first grade teacher in Blue Springs. Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Avila University, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and specialist’s degree in educational administration from the University of Central Missouri, and her doctoral degree in leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.

Under her leadership, her elementary school received the National Model Professional Learning Community School designation.

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