Springfield, Mo. -- Springfield Public Schools have announced that Dr. Michael Methvin has been named the district’s new Director of Elementary Learning, effective July 1. Dr. Methvin will assume his leadership responsibilities as Dr. Bret Range transitions to his new role as Executive Director of Student and School Services.

Dr. Methvin will join SPS with more than a decade of experience as a building-level administrator with focused leadership on instruction, budget and facilities to best meet the ever-changing needs of today’s learners. Most recently, he has served as the elementary principal for Pleasant Hope R-VI Schools. Prior to that, Dr. Methvin was the assistant middle school  principal for Bolivar R-1 Schools and a business teacher and athletic director for Halfway R-III Schools.

“Dr. Methvin will be a fantastic addition to Springfield Public Schools and specifically, the elementary division,” said Dr. J. Anderson, executive director of elementary learning for SPS. “His building experience, his capacity to support and develop educators, and his understanding of how a solid learning foundation is essential for future success were key strengths that will benefit our system.”

Dr. Methvin completed his undergraduate studies at Roger Williams University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri State University, a superintendent certification from Southwest Baptist University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Arkansas.

“It is an honor to join the SPS team of progressive, forward-thinking, and student-centered educators,” said Dr. Methvin. “I look forward to supporting the district’s building leaders, teachers, and staff in providing a world-class educational experience for the children of our community.”

(Media Release)