Calo's faculty members have an impressive résumé of professional and social experiences. Each holds a bachelors degree, many have advanced degrees and several have Special Education certifications. Be it through interactive classrooms or frequent field trips, Calo teachers are committed to individualized, hands-on teaching. Calo strives to foster close collaboration between the numerous departments on campus, believing that all facets of a student's education and treatment hold equal importance.
 

Abby Mayer Academic Director

Abby was born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri. She attended Central Methodist College and graduated with a degree in History and Political Science with an emphasis in education. She married her college sweetheart, Morgan, and together they have 4 little girls; Scout, and Molly, and twins Kinley and Reagan. Abby's mother was a teacher and some of her earliest memories are going to school in the summer with her mother and helping to set up her classrooms. Throughout her life, she has always wanted to be a teacher and has most enjoyed working with with challenging students and those with special needs. Abby has been at CALO since September of 2008 and has loved all the opportunities that she has been blessed with.


Abriana Iwanski English Language Arts Teacher

I was raised in a family who considers education to be a top priority. In addition to that and several experiences with extremely influential teachers, I decided that teaching was what I wanted to do. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with my Bachelor of Arts in English and a secondary teaching certificate. I was always interested in teaching underprivileged or struggling youth, which is what led me to CALO. I have always held the core belief that relationships are the key to almost everything in life, including education. I felt so lucky to find a place like CALO that shares this core belief. I look forward to many years of helping students to find value in education and to learn how to build healthy relationships in all aspects of life.


Phyllis Hood, BSE, MSE Language Arts

Phyllis' dream of becoming a special education teacher happened at the age of forty-five, after raising five biological children; one with mild learning disabilities, and then adopting a 12 year old child to love and cherish. It was a teacher who encouraged her to return to school and pursue her career. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in several areas of special education and elementary education. Phyllis then pursued a Master's degree in special reading from Northwest Missouri State University. She taught special education for seventeen years- six years in the Camdenton RIII Schools, and eight years in the Special School District in the Saint Louis County Schools. Phyllis retired in 2006 and moved back to Camdenton. She was a substitute teacher for two years in the Camdenton School District when she saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a teacher at CALO and saw a chance to continue to enjoy working with children. Since then, she educated young people for over seven years at Change Academy to continue building trust, caring, empathy, and joy within students to display towards others. She says it has been challenging and self-fulfilling to watch young people advance and become successful in their future endeavors.


Alexandria Haley Social Studies and Special Education Teacher

Alex grew up in Lee's Summit, Missouri. In May of 2011, Alex graduated from Metropolitan Community College- Longview with her Associates of Arts-Teaching degree and in May of 2013 graduated with honors from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelors of Science in Education with an emphasis on Social Studies. Alex is certified to teach 5th-12th Social Studies. In January 2015 Alex received her certification in K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education. Alex knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was in first grade and prides herself on achieving that goal and being able to help make a difference in others lives. Alex is very grateful to have found the job of her dreams at CALO and could not imagine herself working anywhere else. In her free time, Alex likes to spend her free time with her husband, three dogs, Monroe, Daphne, and Kylie, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with loved ones.


Amelia Swyers Math/Science and Special Education Teacher

I grew up in St. Charles, Missouri. In May of 2012, I graduated from University of Missouri- Columbia with my Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Special Education and a minor in Psychology. I have two teaching certifications; K- 12 Mild/ Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education and 5- 12 General Science. I started teaching at Calo in the summer of 2012 and have loved every minute of it! I have seen Calo academics through some huge changes! From being completely online instruction and being in the basement of the main building to having our own building and complete teacher led instruction! I have helped design the curriculum for Language Arts, Math, and Science. In my free time I like to spend time with my husband, son, and 2 dogs (Rascal and Harley).


Ali Hoffner Science Teacher

Ali was born and raised in the St. Louis area. She struggled in high school and transferred to an alternative school where she was embraced by a caring team of teachers who changed her life and made her excited about learning again. She hopes to be able to give this gift to her students at CALO! After high school, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry from Lindenwood University. In 2014, she moved to the Lake of the Ozarks where she worked as a water quality control chemist. She also married her high school sweetheart in 2014. They welcomed their first baby in 2015. She has two fur babies (Lady and Duke) whom she adores. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors boating, fishing, and hunting here at the Lake.


Paula Tyler, B.S Teacher

I was born and raised in the small farming community of Mary's Home, Missouri. After high school I married my best friend, Wendell. We have 4 sons, Jacob, Eric and the twins, Joseph and Thomas. When the twins started school, so did I. I worked full time as a paraprofessional and attended Columbia College where I received my B.S in Business. While working at the school I realized that teaching was what I really wanted to do. So I attended MU and received my teaching certification. I spent the last 20 years teaching math at Cole R-V Eugene public school. After 20 years it was time for a change. I love working with all kids, but my heart lies with working with the kids who really need the most love and attention.


Cassie Walton Academic Administrative Assistant

Cassie grew up in Lake of the Ozarks, graduated from Camdenton High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration and Theatre from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. While pursuing her degree at Drury, Cassie discovered her passion for mentoring students as a Resident Assistant at her university and insatiable wanderlust and interest of cultural exchange through a semester study abroad in London. Post graduation Cassie spent a year in Stockholm, Sweden working as an au pair for a Swedish family with four children, including a child with Angelman’s Syndrome. Immediately after leaving Sweden, Cassie journeyed to Los Angeles, California to work with Camfel Productions and traveled coast to coast across the United States giving character building education assemblies focused on ending bullying to K-12 students. Cassie has recently returned to the Lake of the Ozarks and is thrilled to unite her passions and make a positive impact on the students at CALO.


Scott Blacksher, B.S. Art Teacher

I have the best position at CALO teaching my two favorite subjects art and guitar. I've been married to Lori for thirty seven years. We moved to beautiful Lake of the Ozarks thirty five years ago after graduating from Central Missouri State University. We both are teachers who retired from the local school district of School of the Osage. I was also a tennis coach for Osage for twenty five years. We have a wonderful daughter who attends Evangel University in Springfield Missouri. My wife and I attend Calvary Chapel of Lake of the Ozarks were I lead children's worship.




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