R-IX District Names Two New Principals

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
WHS graduate Jared Wallace will be coming back to Warsaw as the South School  principal for the 2018-19 school year.
Wallace, a 2003 WHS graduate, finished his Bachelor degree from Missouri State in 2007.  He continued his education at William Woods University where he received his Master’s degree.
Wallace is ready for his position as principal and wants to build a good relationship with the South teachers.  “I want to empower our teachers to create a great learning environment,” Wallace said. “I want parents to feel good about bringing their children to South.”
Wallace began his teaching career with the Hermitage School District then worked for seven years as a physical education teacher and Head Coach of the Wildcat Boys Basketball team.  He is currently one of the FFA advisors at Skyline High School where he also coaches middle school boys’ basketball.
Wallace and his wife of twelve years, Jessica, have three children:  Brylee, 7, Brynna, 6, and Braylen, 3.  Brylee and Brynna will be attending school with their father at South Elementary,  where they will be in second and first grades. 
Wallace’s wife Jessica works with adoptive and foster parents.  The Wallaces have been foster parents off and on since they were married.
Wallace is excited about moving back to the Warsaw area.  “Warsaw is home to me and I am excited about South School.  It is a good mixture of new and experienced teachers who are committed to their students,” Wallace said.
As Warsaw transitions to the four day school week, Wallace saw many opportunities for growth in the district.  “Obviously we need the students at school as much as possible so if the four day school week does that for us then great,” Wallace said.
While Wallace has been a successful basketball and football coach, he says his coaching days are behind him.
 “I will miss the relationships I had with students while coaching, but I will be building new relationships with my South School students,” Wallace said.
Wallace said his first official day as principal will be August 1, however he will be getting adjusted to his new job in July.
“I won’t be able to stay away,” Wallac said.  “I’ll be making the journey from Preston to South School often this summer.”
North Elementary will also have a new principal for the 2018-19 school years.  Caleb Petet has been hired by the Board of Education to replace Beth Love who has taken a job in Harrisonville.
Petet is currently the Concordia Elementary Principal.  Petet graduated from Santa Fe High School in 2001.  He then attended the University  of Central Missouri where he received his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Social Studies Education.  He went on to obtain his Education Specialist degree in Administration at the University of Central Missouri as well as a Master’s in Administration from William Woods University.
After graduation, Petet taught social studies in Independence at the middle school and high school levels for seven years before becoming the principal at Climax Springs for one year.  Petet then moved back to his home town area to take a job with the Concordia School District.
“When the job opened up in Warsaw, my wife and I were excited to come back to this area because we love the outdoors and the people here,” Petet said.
Petet and his wife Rebecca have been married for ten years and have a three year old daughter Bellamy and a 10 month old son Patrick Henry.
The four day school week was also a positive influence on Petet’s decision to come back to the lake area.  “It will give us more time for professional development and free up weekends for family,” Petet said.
“I am excited to work with the new administration as we will have several new principals,” Petet said. 
Petet becomes an official employee July 1 but his first duty day will be August 1.  “I am looking forward to meeting the staff at North and RME.”
North School first grade teacher Shannon Deckard will have a new role at Ruth Mercer Elementary this fall as the assistant principal of RME.
 A graduate of Pleasant Hope High School, Deckard obtained her Bachelor degree from Missouri State University in Springfield.    She began teaching in 2006.  She has experience teaching Pre-K, kindergarten, first and fourth grades.  Deckard moved to Warsaw in 2016 with her husband and two sons.