Board of education approves five administrative changes

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their new roles. The following administrative changes were discussed at the Dec. 14 Pattonville Board of Education meeting and will become effective July 1.
  • David Besgrove has been named chief human resource officer for the Pattonville School District, replacing Dr. Barry Nelson, assistant superintendent for human resources, who will become superintendent of Pattonville on July 1.
  • Dr. Tori Cain’s position will be reclassified to assistant superintendent for student services.
  • Kelly Gordon has been named chief communications officer, replacing Mickey Schoonover, APR, upon her retirement at the end of the school year.
  • Gene Grimshaw was named associate principal of Pattonville High School, replacing Bob Thompson, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
  • Dr. Mark Houston was selected as the principal of Pattonville Heights Middle School, replacing Dr. Scot Mosher, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
David Besgrove has been named chief human resource officer for the Pattonville School District, replacing Dr. Barry Nelson, assistant superintendent for human resources, who will become superintendent of Pattonville on July 1. Besgrove was selected as Pattonville’s personnel coordinator in 2002 and later named director of human resources. Prior to Pattonville, Besgrove worked 14 years recruiting employees, coordinating human resource activities and monitoring employee performance in the private sector. Besgrove holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a 1981 graduate of Pattonville High School.

Dr. Tori Cain’s position will be reclassified to assistant superintendent for student services. Cain joined Pattonville in 2021 as director of student services. She previously worked as principal of Parkway North High School and as an assistant principal at Parkway North, Park Hill and Lee’s Summit West high schools. Cain holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and general science and a master’s degree in general science, both from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. She earned an education specialist degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a doctorate degree from Saint Louis University.

Kelly Gordon has been named chief communications officer, replacing Mickey Schoonover, APR, upon her retirement at the end of the school year. A 2006 Pattonville graduate, Gordon has served as community relations specialist in Pattonville’s school-community relations department since 2010. In 2018, she took on added responsibilities as secretary to the Pattonville Board of Education. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in media communications from Webster University. She also has minor degrees in photography and mass communications, as well as a professional writing certificate from Webster.

Gene Grimshaw was named associate principal of Pattonville High School, replacing Bob Thompson, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Grimshaw has been an assistant principal at Pattonville High School since 2012. He joined Pattonville in 2001 as a teacher. Grimshaw holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Westminster College and a master's degree in secondary administration from William Woods University.

Dr. Mark Houston was selected as the principal of Pattonville Heights Middle School, replacing Dr. Scot Mosher, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Houston has served as assistant principal at Pattonville Heights since 2005. Prior to joining Pattonville, he served as an assistant principal in the Riverview Gardens School District and taught social studies in the same district. Houston holds a bachelor’s degree in education (secondary education, social studies) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Louis University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Maryville University.

 

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