Dr. Pam Hedgpeth
Dr. Pam Hedgpeth has a passion for education and has focused on training and supporting school leaders since her retirement from PK-12 public education. She loved her work as a twenty-eight-year public school educator and sees her current work as Executive Director of GOCSD a way to “give back” to a profession she loves.
She is a former superintendent of the Republic R-III Schools and prior to this position she held the titles of assistant superintendent, elementary principal and elementary teacher. Dr. Hedgpeth serves on staff at the National Center for Education and the Economy and engages in international research that focuses on a system approach for designing high performing education entities. Through this role she works with and supports school leaders across the nation in designing world class educational systems.
She was an integral part in developing the educational leadership doctorate program at Southwest Baptist University. She has served on several statewide committees for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She was also a former President of the Southwest Missouri Superintendent’s Association, founding member of the Republic Community Foundation, former member of Springfield’s Mayor’s Commission on Children, Greene County Library Foundation Board, Missouri Methodist Foundation Board and Ozark Empire Fair Foundation Board. Pam lives in Clever, Missouri on a farm with her husband Kent (a coach and former teacher). They have two daughters Josey McPhail and Molly Eulinger, both who are Missouri educators.
Professional Learning Director
Cindy served as a classroom teacher for 25 years, a Missouri STARR teacher, is a former Director of K – 12 Mathematics for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and served as the Director of Learning for a digital math program before joining GOCSD. She is a former member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors, Past President of the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and was named a 1996 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. In addition to presenting on her topics of interest – mathematics teaching and learning, brain based learning, productive struggle, and growth mindset – at numerous national, regional, and state conferences, she was the lead presenter for the 2014 Algebraic Thinking institute training for Math Specialists (MSIS) in Singapore. She continues to serve on various committees for professional organizations at both the national and state level.
Professional Learning Coordinator
Janetta Garton has 31 years of experience in public education. She was a classroom teacher for 13 years, before serving in other roles that include: Technology Curriculum Director, Federal Programs Director, Digital Media Coordinator, and Coordinator of Instructional Innovation. She has a passion for learning and her expertise is in blended and virtual learning. She has years of experience in providing professional learning opportunities, planning and facilitating initiatives, serving as a system administrator for various digital platforms, and onboarding new teachers. She continues to serve the educational community as GOSCD’s Professional Learning Coordinator, and as an independent digital learning consultant.
Dr. Dennis Cooper
Executive Director Emeritus
After serving 6 years as the inaugural Executive Director of the Greater Ozarks Cooperating School Districts, Dr. Dennis Cooper will continue to serve GOCSD in an advisory capacity as Executive Director Emeritus. Dr. Cooper has 49 years experience in education. He served 25 years as a school superintendent as well as 12 years with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).