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Vision Statement

The Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education is committed to being a premier Educator Preparation Program (EPP) that is visionary, innovative, responsive, and transformative.


Mission Statement

We develop educational leaders who practice an ethic of care and are agents for social change. We create inclusive learning communities that are reflexive and transformative. Supported by evolving technologies, we are process-oriented and purposefully work toward our goal to provide an innovative and cutting-edge program. We have an expressed and committed sensitivity to diverse learners. Our candidates learn to utilize a culturally-responsive pedagogy that meets the challenges of a global world.

The faculty is committed to professional development, and in turn, supports students in career-oriented paths of learning resulting in the development of competent professional educators. The Gleazer School of Education is dedicated to promoting visionary, innovative, responsive and transformative communities of practice.

The GSOE Conceptual Framework expands on the mission and identifies four domains that serve as cornerstones of the teacher educator program.  Faculty members purposefully move this model to practice and evidence that teachers who care about learners, reflect on instruction, and collaborate with others will have greater impact on student learning and motivation and will become successful leaders in the classroom.  This link contains supporting educational literature that aligns with the characteristics of our conceptual framework. 


Preparing and Supporting Effective Teachers Who

Care, Collaborate, Lead, and Reflect


Candidates seek to establish a relationship of acceptance and respect for learners that reflects the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.



Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively involve learners, parents/guardians, colleagues, and the community.



Candidates prepare to facilitate instruction and assume broader leadership responsibilities to advance their profession.



Candidates analyze and synthesize from their academic and clinical experiences and articulate what they have felt, thought, and learned.


Red Oak Elementary SPED

North Mercer R-III

We have the following positions open at the North Mercer R-III School District. The school is located 35 miles from Trenton or Bethany. We are located in a small rural community which allows us to offer small class sizes and increased opportunities for personalized instruction! Minimum pay for teachers will be at least $40,000 and we offer board paid insurance with supplemental options for the employee to choose from.

Applications may be found on our website:

Send application, transcripts and resume to Wade Hall, North Mercer R-III School

PO Box 648 Mercer, MO 64661
If you have any questions please email


Open Positions

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

PK-12 Art Teacher


Wade Hall


Athletic Director


North Mercer R-III School District

22931 Main Street

Mercer, MO 64661

Gleazer School of Education Directory
Name Phone E-mail
Lamoni Campus (641) 784-____ 
 Tanya Coffelt (Chair and Faculty) 5263 coffelt
Shaen Polasky (Faculty) 5225 polasky1
Rebecca Reddell (Faculty) 5444 reddell
Melissa Newman (Field Placement Coordinator) 5493 gmn1
Garnet Coulthard (Office Manager) 5391 coulthar
FAX 641-784-5481  
Independence Campus (816) 423-____  
Allison Dudley (Faculty) 4742 adudley
Chris Doering (Independence Campus Site Director)  4748 gcd1
Nancy Halferty (Site Coordinator) 816-651-5840 halferty