Experience Missouri Military Academy. Missouri. 1986 – Present.
Commandant of Middle School cadets for two years.
Principal and Head of Middle School, grades 4-8, for past fifteen years.
As Principal, responsible for academic program, 50-70 students, 10 teachers.
As Head, also responsible for discipline, military and barracks programs.
Teacher of literature, grades 7 and 8, for all twenty-four years.
Curriculum chair, language arts. Introduced and developed school-wide use of the Accelerated Reader Program.
Director of drama for six years. Taught theatre & speech two semesters yearly.
Produced and directed annual play and show. Organized annual speech contest.
Director of military for five years. Responsible for military training of cadets.
Directed precision drill team.
Officer in charge of barracks supervision. Pulled eighteen-hour duty once each
week. Supervised formations, meals, study halls, etc.
Advisor, conducting weekly advisory group sessions focused on development
of character, self-discipline, gentlemanliness and ethical behavior.
Librarian for fifteen years, responsible for circulation, records, shelving,
purchase of books and program development.
Coach of intramural football, basketball, soccer, baseball, track and tennis.
Department of Defense Dependents School. Verona, Italy. 1985-86.
Substitute teacher, grades 5-8, non-departmental system.
Physical education instructor, grades K-8. Certified CPR.
University of Maryland. European Division, Italy. 1980-81/1983-86.
Lecturer of English at various NATO and American military bases in Italy,
Holland and Germany. Taught 25 courses, including Career Writing Skills,
Technical Report Writing, Elements of Grammar, English Composition,
Composition and Literary Types, American Literature, Creative Writing,
Mythology in Literature, and Study Skills for Adults. Students, both military
and civilian, ranging in age from 18 to 48.
Foreign language student. Enrolled in two Italian courses, and studied Italian until able to converse with my Italian family (married Italian citizen, 1981).
Traveler. Developed proficiency in living and working in European countries.
University of Missouri. Columbia, Missouri. 1981-83.
Graduate Assistant English Instructor. Taught eight freshman and
sophomore English composition courses while earning second master’s.
Director of undergraduate creative writing workshop.
Poetry screener for The Missouri Review.
Temple University. Germany. 1980-81.
Assistant teacher, BSEP program. Taught remedial reading, spelling and writing to soldiers seeking high school diploma.
Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University).
Director of Writing Clinic, offering services to all students on campus.
Position full-time administrative, supervision of facilities and personnel (as many as 26 tutors and 200 students per semester), hiring and training of tutors and keeping of records for special services grant.
Received training for leaders of special programs through Atlanta University.
Member, freshman composition and teacher evaluation committees.
University of Montana. Missoula, Montana. 1977-78.
Graduate assistant in English. Taught composition. Served as campus writing
tutor while earning master’s degree in creative writingâ€”poetry.
Education University of Missouri-Columbia. Continuing education. 1987-96.
Enrolled in 30 semester hours of education course work, including
administration, special education, teaching of reading, physical education,
counseling psychology, mathematics, and five computer courses. GPA: 4.0/4.0
University of Missouri-Columbia. 1984. M.A. in English. GPA: 3.75/4.0.
University of Montana. 1978. M.F.A. in Creative Writing. GPA: 3.80/4.0.
Truman State University. 1976. B.A. in English. GPA: 3.73/4.0.
Publications Poetry published in the following:
Synapse (Northeast Missouri State University), Hollow Spring Review,
The Chariton Review, Colorado-North Review, Mirror Northwest, Cutbank,
Scratchgravel Hills, The Montana Review, Southern Poetry Review, Windfall,
Midlands, Gathering, At Ease (Missouri Military Academy).
Poetry anthologized in the following:
Voices from the Interior: Poets of Missouri, Bookmark Press, 1982.
Monitor Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry,
Monitor Book Company, Inc., 1980.
Where We Are: The Montana Poets Anthology, Smokeroot Press, 1978.
Honors Exemplary Literacy Programs in Missouri Schools â€œSalute to Literacyâ€
Award in North Central Missouri, for Accelerated Reading Program, 1999.
Teacher of the Year in Missouri, selected by a panel of local
community leaders for excellence in teaching, received $500 grant, 1996.
Honorable Mention for University and College Poetry Prizes of the Academy
of American Poets, 1978.
Poem nominated for Pushcart Prize, 1978.
Poem selected for publication in Who’s Who in Poetry in American Colleges
and Universities, 1975.
Member of Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society, Poetry Key
Holder, with poems selected for publication in The Rectangle, 1976.
Volunteer Member Independent Schools Association of Central States accreditation
team. Evaluated St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, October 2002.
Evaluated The Principia of St. Louis, March 2009.
Member â€œHistory Campâ€ staff at Missouri, June 2009.
References COL Ronald J. Kelly – (573) 219-9608
(former President of Missouri Military Academy, )
1003 Dolly Varden Drive
Columbia, MO 65203
Lt. Col. (Retired) Paul E. Gillette, Sr. – (573) 581-0302
(former Commandant and Head of the Missouri Military Academy
Middle School and Director of Residential Life, )
301 E. Love Street
Mrs. Nancy Guthrie – (573) 581-4552
(current Administrative Assistant to the Principal, Missouri Military Academy)
321 N. Western Street
Mr. Richard & Mrs. Judy Twells – (573) 581-5085
(formerly teachers on the Missouri Military Academy Middle School faculty and presently acting substitute teachers for the Academy, )
20721 Audrain Road 928