There are six new teachers at Fairfax R-3 School this year.
Betsy Larson is the new 3rd grade teacher at Fairfax R-3. She lives in Rock Port with her husband Derek, daughter Addaline, and son Case. Betsy attended Farragut High School in Farragut, Iowa, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University.
Betsy worked in Craig R-3 as an elementary teacher for the past four years, teaching 3rd and 4th grade. When not teaching, she enjoys designing earrings, camping with her family, and trying new recipes. Her goal for this school year is to promote positive thinking in the classroom while learning new things!
LoryAnne Daugherty is the new 4th grade teacher at Fairfax R-3. LoryAnne was born and raised in Rock Port and lives there with her husband, Michael Daugherty and children, Drake and Kimberly Daugherty, Andrew and Ashlynn Lingerfelt, Kinleigh Daugherty, and Cooper Daugherty. She also has three grandchildren, Briar, Blaykleigh, and Ivy, and another one on the way.
She graduated from Rock Port High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8 from Western Governors University in 2015 and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University in 2018. LoryAnne was the teacher for the 5th and 6th grades combination classroom for two years and kindergarten classroom teacher for two years, all at Craig R-3 in Craig, Missouri.
LoryAnne enjoys spending time with her family, practicing the martial art of hapkido, and reading. Her goal for this year is to engage, inform, and motivate her students enabling her to bring out the successful learner in each of them.
Crystal Schieffer is the new 5th grade teacher at Fairfax R-3. She lives in Fairfax with her husband, Mr. Kameron Schieffer (Fairfax High School Science Teacher), and dog, Asher.
Crystal earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education: Cross-Categorical Special and Elementary Education. Her hobbies include doing crafts, watching Netflix, and walking her dog.
Her goals for this school year are to provide her students with a great learning experience in a great classroom environment.
Aleesha Ball is the new ag education teacher at Fairfax R-3. She lives in Graham, Missouri, with her fiancé, Zach Lemar, and fur children, Gomer, Ava, Sassy, and Bandit.
Aleesha was born and raised in Fairfax, Missouri, and graduated from Fairfax High School. She attended the University of Missouri – Columbia earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a Minor in Agriculture Economics. She worked at American Angus Association in St. Joseph, Missouri, for two years.
Aleesha enjoys going to the lake, spending time with friends and family, reading, and binge watching Netflix. Her goals for this school year are to inspire students to do something in the classroom that they never thought they could do. Plus, she is looking forward to getting married in October.
Garet Jackson is the new math teacher at Fairfax High School and he is coaching junior high football, junior high boys’ basketball, and assistant high school boys’ basketball. He lives in Maryville and has one sister who is 12.
Garet graduated from Northeast Nodaway in 2015, and graduated from Northwest in December of 2018 with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Garet student taught at Savannah High School and coached basketball and baseball there last year.
In his free time, Garet likes to play sports, run, workout, and hangout with friends. His goal for the year is to positively influence each one of his students in school and life.
“I am looking forward to teaching, as well as learning along with all of the students at Fairfax.”
Jonnie Kemerling is the new junior high/high school English language arts teacher at Fairfax. Jonnie lives in Rock Port with husband, Nick Kemerling and they have three daughters, Payton, Drue, and Dylan.
Jonnie attended high school at West Nodaway R-1 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University.
This is Jonnie’s 17th year in education. Most of her years in education were spent in the Savannah School District with positions at Rock Port and Craig in recent years prior to coming to Fairfax. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as cooking.
“I look forward to building relationships with the Fairfax students, teachers, and community throughout the year. My family and I lived in Fairfax years ago and enjoyed the community very much. It’s nice to come back.”