My name is Victoria Wieberg. I am the second to youngest of eight kids. I went to Cole R-1 (Russellville) school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. After that, I went to Missouri State University in Springfield where I earned my BA in Early Childhood Education which certifies me to teach from birth to third grade. As soon as I received my degree, I came running back to the country where I belong! This will be my third year of teaching and I could not be more excited! This is technically my first year teaching kindergarten but I also did my student teaching and a few of my practicums in kindergarten. I plan to have multiple themes throughout the year but we are starting with a jungle theme. This is loosely based on the kindergarten savages from the Recess series.
I just got married on August 5th! I am really excited to be starting so many new chapters in my life! In my spare time(when I have any), I like to read, watch TV, organize things/be productive, and patrol Pinterest for new and creative teaching ideas.
First and Second Grade
Ms. Kylee Ratcliff
My name is Kylee Ratcliff and I have been teaching for 2 years, This is my first year at Latham Elementary School. I went to California High School from Kindergarten to 12th grade. After that, I went to Lincoln University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which certifies me to teach grades 1st-6th. I live on a family farm in California, MO. In my spare time, I enjoy time with my family, traveling, and baking. I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students here at Latham and a wonderful school year.
Third & Fourth Grade
Mrs. Rachel Swillum
My name is Rachel Swillum and I have been teaching for 22 years. This is my 17th year here at Latham. I have been married to Joe for 22 years. We have two beautiful daughters, MacKenzie and Halie. My oldest began her first year of college. I enjoy watching my youngest show her rabbits and ride her horse. In my spare time I enjoy antiquing, visiting family and friends, reading, and watching Hallmark movies. I am looking forward to a great year full of learning and growing with my students.
Fifth & Sixth Grade
Mrs. Nicole Dicus
My name is Nicole Dicus. I began my teaching career at Latham Elementary in 2018. Previously, I was a paraprofessional at California Elementary School for two years. I was also a real estate loan officer for ten years before deciding to follow my passion for education. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College. I received my certification in Elementary Education from the American Board. I am married to Tyler Dicus. We have three children Addie, Jorja, and Will. In my spare time, I love to read, spend time with family and do anything outside.
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Mrs. Diana Norris
I have been at Latham since 1996. 7th and 8th graders always keep me on my toes and I think this age group is very unique, fun, and rewarding.
I love reading because every book opens my world to new adventures and new ways to view the world. I love writing because it is a great way to express your thoughts, share what is in your heart, and show off your imagination. I enjoy history because it is made up of so many challenges and triumphs and it shows our students just how very far mankind has come. Science is intriguing and seems to be always changing. Experiments are always fun to make those science connections. Math is everywhere in the world and is used daily.
My family includes my husband, David, my daughter, Shalimar, and my 2 cats, Squatch and Butterscotch.
In my free time I like to read, write and watch MacGyver. I am also a huge fan of Star Wars and Star Trek!
Title 1 Paraprofessional/Bus Driver
I am married to Terry Fulks and have 4 lovely children, Emmet, Myra, Ollie and Kate. I live in Latham where I grew up and attended Latham R-V School. Now I am the Title 1 paraprofessional and bus driver for the school. I have been with the Latham R-V School since August 2008. I love hunting, fishing, being outside, playing with my children and being with family and friends.
Mrs. Helen Franken
It is a joy to work with the students at Latham School in art, library, and computer science skills. They enjoy learning new technology concepts and creating art work. Reading new books is a pleasure that we share. The students are always recommending new books that I need to read, and I return that favor for them.
My own children are grown, with families of their own. Visiting them, spoiling our grandchildren, traveling, and going to dances with my husband are some of my favorite activities when I am not teaching.
Mrs. Lori Croy
I was honored to be invited to join the wonderful staff at Latham elementary. I retired in 2018 after 31 years of teaching. I taught two years at High Point and spent the rest of my career at Versailles. I’ve worked with students of all ages: from pre-school to high school.
I grew up in Versailles, received my bachelors in music at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, completed my classroom teaching certification through CMU and LU and then received a masters with Kodaly emphasis from CMU.
I married my high school sweetheart, Terry Croy, and we have two grown children who are both married and live near us in Versailles. I spend my time with my grandchildren when I am not teaching the lovely Latham students. I also work with the youth and help with praise and worship at the Versailles Assembly of God church.
Counselor/Life Skills/Testing/At-Risk Coordinator
Ms. Jeannie Imhoff
I recieved my Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Central Missouri and my Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling from Lincoln University. I grew up in Latham and attended school here as a "Mighty Brave." I live on a farm in California, MO. I have one son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Amanda Imhoff living in Raymore, MO, and one daughter and son-in-law, Logan and Kristen Anderson, a granddaughter Piper and a grandson Brantley. living in Kansas City, MO. I am a member of California First Baptist Church, where I am the Sunday School Director. I enjoy facilitating weekly Christian Bible Studies, hosting monthly Pray for Nation meetings,helping with after school 7th hour, reading, history, current events, family gatherings, and spending time with friends.
Physical Education/Health/Athletic Director
Mrs. Ellen Allee
I have been teaching now for two decades and love working with students. I really enjoy the past years as the Physical Education Teacher at Latham. I am the youngest of nine children and was born and raised in Tipton, MO. One of the reasons I am so excited to be teaching at Latham is that my husband John graduated from Latham and his grandmother, Delta Allee was a teacher at Latham Elementary.
John and I have been married for more than 25 years and we have two daughters. Madeline and her husband Austin Kidwell and our two grandchildren Jack and Jude live near Boonville, MO. Our youngest daughter Tori, is a graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Lincoln University and then later a Master in Educational Administration from William Woods University.
Thank you Latham community for making me feel so welcome!
Mrs. Lana Dicus
I am Lana Bolinger Dicus. I retired last year after teaching 42 years, seven of those years I taught third and fourth grade at Latham. I have lived just northeast of Latham for most of my life. My parents were raised in Latham and many of my nieces and nephews attended Latham Elementary School, so I have lots of friends and relatives in the Latham area.
My undergraduate degree is in elementary education, my graduate degree is a reading specialist, and I have a library science certificate. I love kids, and I love teaching them, which is why I am back part time as a reading teacher.
I am married to Bill Dicus and have four sons and three grandchildren. I spend my time outside of school teaching water aerobics, square and round dancing with my husband, and doing Bible studies. I teach Sunday School, do the Children's Sermon at church, and spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren. I am happy to be back at Latham.
Mr. Jordan Hoecker
I am honored to become a part of the Latham School community. I have taught in Jamestown and California in the past, and am very excited to move into an administration role and help continue the successes of the past and build for the future. I am married to my loving wife, Amy, who is also in education as an elementary special education teacher. Together, we are blessed to have the opportunity to raise our amazing triplets, Bentley, Barrett, and Briar. They keep us busy, but always entertained!
Lets go Braves!
Ms. Wanda Higgins
I have lived in California MO most of my life. I graduated from California R-1 School, Class of 1976. I married Guy Newkirk on September 23, 1977 and have 2 daughters, Amanda who married Michael Bolinger on September 23, 2000 and Sandra who married Andy Small on September 23, 2006. Amanda and Michael have 3 children Nicholas, Derek and Ashley. Who have gone or go now to the Latham School. I love my grandchildren and spent as much time with them as I can.
I was a stay home mom for 11 years then went to work for Active Learning School in California MO. While there I was a preschool teacher for 7 years and the director/assistant administrator for 18 years. After working for Active Learning School for 25 years I retired to work at my business Maria's Photos which I still operate today.
Since my grandchildren attend Latham School I have been involved in many of their activities. I also take pictures for Latham School and work on their website. I love working with children and watching them grow. I am excited for this next chapter in my life.
My name is Tara Dowell. I am married to Harlan Dowell Jr. We have two children, Destiny and Hayden. I graduated from Tipton High School. During my spare-time I keep busy on the farm and with school functions. In 2003 I started working at Latham R-V. Cooking for the kids and staff is a very enjoyable job.
My name is Joyce McFarland and I live in Tipton MO but closer to Latham. As a child I grew up in New Franklin MO where I attended the New Franklin Elementary and High School I graduated in 1970. I have one daughter Tara who I work with as a assistant cook here at Latham School. I have been cooking for 6 1/2 years now. Some of my favorite things to do is watch westerns and talk on the phone!
I started working at Latham R-V School in 2016. I have farmed for 40 years. I graduated from Tipton High School in 1982 and married my wife Debbie in November 1983. My hobbies are gardening, hunting, and fishing.