Karma Coleman
Tarkio R-I Superintendent

Nate Jeter
High School Science
Teacher & Coach

Eric Walker
Social Studies Teacher
11 & 12th Grades

Kari Taylor
Special Education Director

Katie Walter
Elementary School Counselor

Jules Perez
3rd Grade Teacher

Laura Forehand
2nd Grade Teacher

Tarkio R-I students will be greeted by several new, smiling faces in the hallways, classrooms, and offices this school year. Six new teachers and one new administrator will begin their 2017-18 school year at Tarkio.
Karma Coleman is the new Tarkio R-I Superintendent. Karma is not new to this area, as she was born and raised in Hopkins, Missouri, and graduated from North Nodaway R-VI. She attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Administration and a Specialist Degree in Superintendency. She was formerly the Nodaway-Holt Elementary Principal and Superintendent, spending a total of 17 years employed by that school district.
Karma and her husband, Tim, recently purchased a home in Tarkio. They have two daughters, Dru Ellen, who is 24 and is a BSN, RN at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, and Ann Marie, who is almost 21 and is a pre-med student at MU. The family also includes a German Shepherd, Piper, who is still a pup.
Karma said she has the same goals as every educator, which are to provide a quality education and a safe, caring environment for our students.
Also new to the school district, but not to the area is Nate Jeter, who comes from a family full of teachers. His grandmother and grandfather were Helen and Nathan Austin. Nathan taught at Tarkio College from 1953 – 1966 and Helen taught at Tarkio High School for 35 years. Nate is carrying on the tradition and will be the new science teacher at Tarkio High School, teaching biology, chemistry, physics, and physical science. He will also be the head jr. high boys’ basketball coach and assistant high school boys’ basketball coach, and is also a volunteer coach for the football team.
Nate graduated from Nodaway-Holt High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree – Biology from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. He earned his Master’s Degree in Science – Biology from Northwest Missouri State University. Nate was the Environmental Compliance/Regulatory Specialist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for one and one-half years in Chanute, Kansas.
Nate lives in Westboro, Missouri, and has two dogs and two cats. He enjoys hunting, exercising, and spending time with his friends and family, including his parents who live in Tarkio. His goals for this school year include having a fun, successful year in the classroom and in athletics.
Another new face in the high school this year is Eric Walker. Eric will be teaching 11th and 12th grade social studies. Eric graduated from high school in Chillicothe, Missouri, and received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies at NCMC in Trenton, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in History Education from Missouri State University. Eric was the program director at Camp Geiger, Boy Scouts of America, St. Joseph, Missouri, for nine summers. He was also a truck driver for Meeks Lumber in Springfield, Missouri, for three years and was an “Island Mate” at Florida Sea Base in Summerland Key, Florida, for two summers.
Eric’s family includes his parents, Brad and Sherry Walker of Trenton, Missouri, and sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Mike Tate. Eric enjoys scuba diving, being active in Boy Scouts of America, collecting records, traveling, fishing, and sailing. His goals for this school year are to become a positive member of the community, prepare students for their futures, and expand students’ knowledge of social studies. Eric says, “I’m excited to be here! As a first generation college student, I am excited to help students live to their potential!”
Kari Taylor is the new Special Education Director at Tarkio R-I. Kari lives in Tarkio with her husband, Joshua, and daughter, Teagan, who will be a first grader at Tarkio Elementary.
Kari graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a Master’s of Education Degree in Special Education from Missouri State University. She received a Master of Education Degree in Sports’ Management from the University of Arkansas and an Education Specialist Administration Degree from Southwest Baptist University. Kari has worked the last 13 years at Bolivar R-I School District in Bolivar, Missouri, and the past five years as a District Special Education Coordinator.
Though Kari is new to Tarkio, she has ties to the town, as her father attended Tarkio College and worked here in town helping coach. She said he has already reconnected with some townsfolk he knew back in the day and she’s looking forward to learning more about Tarkio through her own experiences.
Katie Walter is the new Tarkio Elementary School Counselor. She graduated from Maryville High School in Maryville, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in child and family studies and a Master’s Degree in Education – School Counseling from Northwest Missouri State University. She was previously the graduate assistant at Northwest in the Behavioral Sciences Department.
Katie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her spouse, Tanner, and chocolate lab, Ace.
Jules Perez is the new 3rd grade teacher at Tarkio Elementary. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Education from Missouri Western State University. Jules brings an interesting background with her to Tarkio, as she worked in Cambodia, teaching English as well as reading and writing in Khmer, and community health (vaccinations for malaria).
Jules enjoys rugby (the Kansas City Jazz), traveling for cheap, and spending time with her parents, Edwin and Kathy, who live in Kansas City. Her goals for the school year are not only to help the kids learn the content, but to help them connect to their community and become leaders in the classroom, as well as out.
Laura Forehand is the new 2nd grade teacher at Tarkio Elementary. She received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. She taught at Mound City R-2 for 11 years, teaching 1st grade.
Laura enjoys spending time with her family, including husband, Karl Forehand, children, Jordan, age 26 (who lives and teaches in Taiwan), Abigail, age 22 (who lives in Kansas City and works as a BSN), and Lily, age 20 (who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska), and new grandbaby, Hollyn. She participates in 5K walks/runs with her husband and dog, Winston, and cooks plant based food. She is also a certified whole brain teacher and was a presenter at the National Whole Brain Teaching Conference.
Laura’s goals this school year are to reach and make an impact in not only the lives of students, but in the lives of families and the community in which they live.
Tarkio R-I begin classes Thursday, August 17, with an open house held the night before at 6:00 p.m.