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Kids College Instructor Bios -

SFCC's former President Dr. Marsha Drennon said Kids College is based on the philosophy that fun and learning go hand-in-hand.  “We believe we have created an exceptional learning environment that provides students with many opportunities to learn,” said Drennon. “Our program will feature a wide range of unique activities designed to provide students with extraordinary experiences making topics come alive. Our teachers, from area school districts, will take fresh approaches that challenge children and send them back to school with new perspectives and an excitement for learning.”

Ditzfeld, Kevin
Education: Education Specialist in School Administration
Experience: 11 total years of teaching; 2 summers teaching Kids College robotics and currently serves as a mentor for Team Scream, Smith-Cotton's Robotics team
Why I teach Kids College:  I teach Kids College because I love the idea of our community's kids learning beyond the scope of what it taught in the traditional classroom.  Specifically, I am proud to be a part of educating tomorrow's professionals in the field of science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
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Donnell-Brown, Mary
Experience: Taught dance for over 25 years and over 20 years at State Fair Community College
Why I teach Kids College:  I love to teach dance.
Miller, Sarah
Missouri certified in Elementary Education (grades 1-8)
9 years teaching 2nd grade, 1 year teaching 3rd grade, 4 years teaching summer school
Why I teach Kids College:
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Riggs, Brenda
Bachelor of Elementary Education (grades 1-6) and Early Childhood degree in the State of Missouri, Elementary Education degree with a Reading Endorsement (K-8) through the State of Iowa
Experience: I assisted with small group instruction during 14 years as a Special Services Paraprofessional. I am completing my second year teaching at Malta Bend R-V School in the third grade classroom. Last year I taught second grade. I also am the Scholar Bowl coach for the Junior High and High School.

Why I teach Kids College: 
I enjoy teaching reading and feel a course called “Dr. Seuss on the Loose” would be a great way for students to increase their knowledge in the five components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.
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Stephens, Melissa 
Education: Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
Experience: Currently the director and lead instructor at the First United Methodist Church Preschool in Warsaw, MO (2 years), taught 1st grade for 3 years before having her three children, created and taught art and science curriculum at 2 preschool summer camps
Why I teach Kids College: I love watching kids learn in a hands-on environment and teaching them to see learning can be fun!
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Wendt, Ashley
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
Kindergarten teacher for 8 years, practicing semi-professional photography for 11 years
Why I teach Kids College: 
Ms. Wendt is back  for a fantastic, fun course this summer, Junk Art!
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