Mary Gaarder

Social Studies Teacher

Social Studies Teacher


MA Education Administration William Woods University

Drury University Missouri certification in gifted education

UMKC lifetime K-8 teacher’s certificate

BA in sociology University of Missouri (summa cum laude)

1st year in JACSS

6 years Joplin Public Schools substitute teacher

11 years Joplin elementary gifted teacher

2 years Seneca 5th grade teacher

3 years Joplin Public Schools

4 years Coordinator Joplin Schools Adult Basic Education

1 year Coordinator Adult Basic Education St. Joseph, MO

2 years St. Francis School, St. Joseph, MO

3 years Sacred Heart School Sedalia, MO

1 year Bishop Hogan School, Chillicothe, MO

2 years St. Francis Xavier School, Kansas City, MO

I am an educator because I love seeing kids grow and change. I love being there in that “aha moment” and I work hard to get the students to that point.

My husband and I were married in 1973. We have three grown children one of which lives here in Joplin. We are blessed with eleven grandchildren. I love spending time with my family, playing pickleball and bridge. I also have belonged to a book club for more than 20 years. I serve on the Joplin Public Library board and am the vice president of our HOA.