Jaymes Wapp Hired as LHS Assistant Principal

During the Tuesday, June 13 meeting, the Lebanon R-3 School Board voted to hire Jaymes Wapp as an Assistant Principal at Lebanon High School. Wapp is currently the Coordinator of Site Intervention at Reed Academy and Pleasant View Middle School in Springfield Public Schools. He will replace Rick Talbott, who is retiring after 15 years at Lebanon Schools.

“We are very excited to welcome Mr. Wapp to Lebanon High School’s family of professional educators,” said Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery. “He will bring a wealth of experience working with at-risk and underprivileged students. We are impressed with his talents as a teacher and as an intervention specialist in Springfield Public Schools. His core values, personal mission, and his professional passions are perfectly aligned to the vision of Lebanon High School… [and] he will become a great school leader for Jacket Nation.”

In addition to his current leadership role in Springfield Public Schools, Wapp has served as a Middle School Principal for summer school at Jarrett Middle School and Reed Academy, and a High School Assistant Principal for summer school at Parkview High School. Prior to his administration experience, Wapp was a 7th grade teacher in social studies, reading, and health, as well as a middle school athletics coach. Wapp is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction at Evangel University, earned his Masters in Educational Administration from Missouri State University, a Masters degree in Secondary Teaching from Evangel, and his Bachelors degree in Social Studies from Evangel University.  

“I am very excited to become a part of the Lebanon community and school district,” said Wapp. “Lebanon High School has a strong reputation of excellence in all areas; academic, extracurricular, and leadership. This community surrounds the district with support and encouragement. I am excited to continue my efforts in advocating for college and career readiness opportunities for all students. I look forward to collaborating with school and community leaders to help all LHS students graduate with a plan and purpose for theirs lives after high school.”

Wapp and his wife Lacey have three children: Hershel (9), Jaymeson (3), and Lucie (1). His sister, Molly Lowery, is currently a special education teacher at LHS. Wapp came to Springfield in 2005 from a small town in North Central Kansas to attend Evangel University, and played and coached football at Evangel for five years before entering his career in public education. He and his family enjoy exploring the variety of outdoor adventures in the Ozarks and Southwest Missouri, and in his free time he enjoys swimming, weight lifting, disc golf, hiking, camping, fishing, and grilling.

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