Jr. / High School Teachers

Jr. / High School

At Calhoun R-VIII we are incredibly proud of the wonderful staff  in our Jr. High and High School. Below are a list of these amazing people and some information about each of them. Brief information is provided next to each picture but if you'd like to learn more, click the teacher name.

Mr. Scott Calhoun

K-12 Principal

Mr. Jon Stackhouse

K-12 Counselor in training

My name is Jon Stackhouse and I am the Counselor-in-Training for K-12 at Calhoun. I'm also the 7th grade sponsor. I joined the Calhoun School District in 2016. Helping children achieve in the present while planning for the future has truly become a passion for me and I'm planning on being around to help for a while. Please come see me if you need anything, I'm always willing to help!

Ms. Julie Isabell

High School Secretary

I have been with Calhoun R-VIII as High School Secretary since 2010.

Worked for Farmers Elevator for 23 years, starting in Calhoun and transferring to Clinton. Since then I have worked for the City of Calhoun and USPS in Calhoun both as part time; WCCAA in Appleton City and the Daily Democrat in Clinton.

Graduated:  Windsor High School

Associates Degree:  Accounting

Mrs. Pam Holbrook


I graduated from UCM in December 2009.  I was hired to teach Junior High English, Reading, and run the library for the spring semester of 2010 here at Calhoun. I taught here for two and one-half years.  Then, I taught at the LaMonte school district for one year.  I truly missed the students and the people who work here at Calhoun, so I returned to Calhoun in the 2013-14 school year.  I love teaching English, reading and grammar.  The students here at Calhoun are amazing students and are a joy to teach.

Mrs. Kathy S. O'Dell

FACS/ Business

I live in the Calhoun School District, and graduated from UCM.


I am certified to teach FACS, Math, Elementary 1-6, and Business Education.

Mr. Toby Wurtz


Originally from NW Kansas. I am a UMKC Graduate with a degree in education and certified in social science. I married the love of my life Stacy Krenke in June of 2015. We are proud pet owners of one dog Oliver, a standard poodle, and two cats Genghis Cat, and Ophelia. I have been the social science teacher at Calhoun since the 2015-2016 school year and I am the Head Basketball coach for Jr. High and Boys Varsity Basketball at Calhoun. I am also the NHS sponsor as well as the class sponsor of the graduating class of 2020.

Mr. Shawn Duensing


I graduated from UCM in 2012. I taught Junior High at Windsor for three years. I started working at Calhoun R-VIII School District in August of 2016. I love teaching Science, sharing new discoveries and explaining how things work. I truly enjoy working with students and the people who work here at Calhoun.

Mrs. Jennifer Smith

Special Education

My name is Jennifer Smith. I live in Windsor Missouri with my husband, Ron. We have been married for 23 years and have three wonderful children. Our oldest son, Ronald, is in the Air Force and is serving in the Middle East. He is stationed in New Jersey and is working on obtaining his degree in the medical field. Our middle child is Travis. He graduated from Calhoun in 2012. He is working two jobs and attending State Fair College. Our youngest is our daughter, Ashley. She is 14 years old and attends Windsor High School. I am very proud of my whole family each one of my children are unique. I believe that there is always room to improve and learn, so I continue to advance my education. I have my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and my Special Education Degree. I also have my Masters in Administration for Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education. I am currently working on my Specialist in school administration. I enjoy working in education and consider all my students part of my extended family.

Ms. Melissa Hicks

Para Professional

Mrs. Dianna Taylor


In May 2015, I graduated from the University of North Georgia and moved to Missouri in June of 2015, where my husband is stationed at Whiteman AFB. I substituted for a year while waiting for my Georgia teaching certificate to be transferred over to Missouri. I teach 7th-12th grade math and am the 8th grade sponsor.

Mr. Jordan Simms


I am a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelors degree in Music Education. I have been teaching at Calhoun since the 2015-2016 school year. I teach K-12 Music which includes Elementary Music, 5th and 6th Grade Band, Junior High Music and High School (7-12) Band. I also teach Careers and ACT prep. I am also the Girls Volleyball coach.

HMs. Sandy Halbrook, LMFT, LPC

Title 1 Director/Jr. High CCLC

Sandy Halbrook, LMFT, LPC serves as both a mental health Therapist during the school day and as the CCLC Jr. High and High School Program Director in the afterschool program. Miss Sandy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor.