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Kirksville R-III School District

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Meet the Board


Gayla McHenry, Vice President

21161 Radical Ridge Way

Kirksville, MO 63501




Gayla McHenry was elected to the Kirkville Board of Education in 2016. She holds a bachelor of science in Economics from Truman State University. She has been employed at Pickler Memorial Library (TSU) as Head of Access Services for the past 24 years.  

She and her husband Jason have four children, Lauren and Olivia both graduates of KHS and Grace and Grant currently a junior and freshman.


Term Expires: 2019


Jeremy Houser, PhD, Secretary

8 Meadow Brook Rd

Kirksville, MO 63501




"As an educator, I work hard to engage my students in a fun, but rigorous process to become the best physicians that they can be. I use traditional and contemporary methods, based on evidence, to create an environment conducive to optimal learning.

As a board member, I expect the same from our district. All levels of the district must work hard to create an environment that is engaging, interesting, and effective to provide all 2400+ students with the best education possible. I hope to improve the culture of the school so that all students are excited to go to school and learn. We can accomplish this by equipping the best teachers with a dynamic and effective curriculum.  It is my great pleasure to be serving on the Board of Education for you and your children."


Jeremy Houser was elected to the Kirksville R-III Board of Education in 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in Health Education from the University of Iowa,a master's degree in Biomechanics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a doctoral degree in Neuroscience from the University of Houston. Jeremy is a former NASA scientist and professor at Truman State University. Currently, he is a professor of Anatomy at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine / A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons that attend Kirksville R-III. As of the fall of 2018, Cameron is a freshman and Greysen is a 6th grader.


Term Expires: 2020