The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education recently approved the employment of a new principals for both Pleasant Lea and Hawthorn Hill elementary schools.

Leslie Mott, currently an elementary principal in the Raytown C-2 School District, will take the helm at Pleasant Lea and Melissa Hunter, who recently served as assistant principal at Cedar Creek Elementary will lead the team at Hawthorn Hill. Both begin their tenures July 1.

Leslie Mott

Leslie Mott

Mott has worked in education for 27 years, and previously worked in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District as assistant principal from 2018-2021. 

In addition to her work in the Lee’s Summit and Raytown School Districts, Mott has worked in the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, Oskaloosa County Schools and the Kansas City Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Missouri - Kansas City, a master’s degree in Elementary Education specializing in reading and literacy from Walden University and an Educational Specialist degree in School Administration from the University of Central Missouri.

Melissa Hunter

Melissa Hunter

Hunter has worked in education for 22 years all at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. She began as a teacher at Trailridge Elementary and has worked as an assistant principal at Cedar Creek Elementary, Hawthorn Hill Elementary and Summit Pointe Elementary. 

Hunter earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Missouri - Columbia, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Missouri - Columbia’s Fellowship Program and earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of Central Missouri.

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