Faculty and Staff


Phelps County R-III has a wonderful, caring staff that is devoted to making this the “best little rural school in Missouri.” Our community supports our efforts to be the very best. We are a PBiS and PLC school and are devoted to collaboration and improvement. See Class Pages, Cafeteria page, and all pages throughout the website to get a glimpse of what we do here to make PCR-III the best place for children and adults to grow and learn.

Bus Drivers:

Teresa Edgar

Susan Kennedy

James Knighton

Cary Hagen


Dora Greer–Head Cook

Vaunda Richardson–Cook

Karissa Lefan–Cook

Judy Harris–Cook


Debbie Brown–Administration Assistant

Megan Duckett–Secretary

Lahne Black–Bookkeeper

Amy Mason–Nurse

Superintendent/Principal: Bob Cottengim

Counselor: Ginger Struemph

Maintenance/Custodian: Tom Robinson

Custodian: Colton Davis

Para Professionals:

Udena “Nug” Davis

Judy Boswell

Kelley Henson

Crystal Mischke

Morgan Rector

Dana Light



PK and PAT: Jen Mathis

Kindergarten: Rebecca Mitchell

1st grade: Ashley Derrick

2nd grade: Cathy Blake

3rd grade: Mackenzie Spurgin

4th grade: Kim Robison

5th grade: Christin Hicks

Title I: Jamie Medearis

Junior High:

Junior High Math/Algebra: Melinda Rector

Social Studies/K-8 PE: Manden Deremo

Language Arts/Reading: Stephanie Davis

Science/Science Lab/Librarian: Katie Moore

Special Education and Special Classes:

K-4 Resource: Judy Gale

5-8 Resource: Monica Hagen

K-8 Art- David Harmon

K-8 Music/Choir: Connie Buckner

Engage. Educate. Empower.