Phyllis Hood’s 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 from public school in 2006 and returned to Camdenton. She was a substitute teacher in the Camdenton School District when she saw an advertisement in the local newspaper for a special education teacher at Calo. She was very excited at the chance of continuing her passion of teaching and working with children.
She has been at Calo now for over 2 years and is a vital part of our academic team. Her insight into special education is tremendous. Calo is blessed to have such a wonderful person and educator as a member of its staff. Phyllis Hood, thank you for all that you do.