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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

For Immediate Release

Subject: K-8 Curriculum Director/Lead Teacher Hired for School of the Ozarks Lower Grades

College of the Ozarks recently hired Jennifer Ann Carey as the K-8 Curriculum Director/Lead Teacher for the School of the Ozarks lower grades addition and will officially begin working February 3.  She will report to the School of the Ozarks Headmaster Brad Dolloff.

Carey earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest Baptist University and is nearing completion of a master’s degree in gifted education at Drury University. 

In her previous teaching positions, she served as a Gifted Program Curriculum Coordinator for grades 2-6th  and 5th grade instructor for the Richland R-IV School District and taught 4th grade social studies and English language arts at Osceola.  Since 2009, Carey served the role of Curriculum Design, Implementation Team Leading, and Instruction and was the K-12 Social Studies Coordinator at Camdenton School District.

“Mrs. Carey has considerable experience in building curriculum and leading in its implementation,” said School of the Ozarks Headmaster Brad Dolloff.  “In addition to her abilities in those areas, she clearly understands classical Christian education and fully supports the College of the Ozarks mission and vision.  We are blessed to have a respected educator of her caliber on the team as we continue the process of adding lower grades to School of the Ozarks.”

In the fall, College of the Ozarks conducted a feasibility study for the addition of kindergarten through eighth grade to School of the Ozarks.  It gathered data from 414 area families through a survey, reviewed options for a temporary location, developed a preliminary budget, and researched other K-8 schools, including Hillsdale Academy, operated by Hillsdale College in Michigan. 

The survey was open from mid-October thru November 1, and reflected a high level of interest in the proposed addition.  During its fall meeting, the College’s Board of Trustees authorized the addition of the lower grades to School of the Ozarks and entrusted the implementation plan to the administration.

School of the Ozarks opened with grades 9-12 in fall of 2012.  It mirrors the mission and vision of College of the Ozarks by offering a quality, Christian education to deserving young people, from the Ozarks region, who do not have the financial means to procure such training.  No tuition is charged. S of O students participate in a work education program by doing daily chores, such as cleaning up after lunch.  Students in the lower grades will be asked to perform age-appropriate tasks, such as cleaning their desks and emptying the trash.

More information regarding the addition of lower grades to S of O will be released to the public as it is finalized.


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