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Kirksville R-III School District

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Meet the Board



Nan Davis, President

2710 Dawnview Drive

Kirksville, MO 63501




“I believe in public education and that outstanding schools are a foundation of outstanding communities. I’m committed to our mission of empowering EVERY student to create their success, build their community, and better the world. Being a member of the Kirksville RIII School Board allows me the opportunity to ensure accountability and support of ALL students, parents, and stakeholders.”

Nan was elected to the Kirksville R-III Board of Education in 2014. She is currently the office manager at Hearken Hearing & Audiology and has had a successful impact bringing developmental disability services to the community serving as co-chair of the SB40 campaign and then serving as the executive director.  She has served in various community organizations and is very involved in her church. She and her husband Evan have four children and a son-in-law, who have attended Kirksville schools, and two beautiful grandsons. They are the reason for her passion & dedication to successful & valuable educational opportunities.

Term expires: 2023

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: 2022


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: 2023



Dr. Adam Moore, Treasurer

27568 Morgan Way

Greentop, MO 63546




"The children of Kirksville R III are the future of our community.
Their future is important to me and I want to help them be successful as possible."
Adam was elected to the Kirksville R III school board in 2017. He holds a doctorate degree in Health Administration from A.T. Still University.  He is currently the Director of Clinical Operations at A.T. Still University. He and his wife Laura have two daughters, Quincy and Penelope. Laura teaches at William Matthew Middle School, Quincy is a 3rd grader at
Ray Miller, and Penelope  attends the ECLC.  
Term Expires: 2023



Gay Nichting

15270 Stokes Road

Greentop, MO 63546




"It's been an honor to serve the children of our district for the last twelve years.
I believe it's some of the most valuable work of my life. "
   My husband, Doug and I have six children, four of which are graduates of KHS. Our two youngest are a senior and a junior. Our kids have benefited from the outstanding education offered from our district and have gone on to successful careers. 
   It is our mission as a board for all students to succeed in their chosen path beyond high school. We work diligently to offer educational opportunities for our students to reach all their future goals.
Term Expires: 2021
John McConnell
17 Scott Street Terrace
Kirksville, MO 63501


"I covered Kirksville High School sports for 25 years at KTVO and then 23 years working at KIRX. I did play-by-play of KHS football and girls and boys basketball for 19 seasons. During those years, I made a lot of friends who were athletes, parents and coaches. I still keep in touch with many of them. When I retired from broadcasting, I wanted to stay involved in Kirksville Schools and I decided to to run for the school board. I'm in my third year and have enjoyed working with the board. I think we are making a difference in the education of our students and hope to continue to serve."


Term Expires: 2022




Michael Bishop II

19085 Holly Crest Trail

Kirksville, MO 63501




Michael Bishop II was elected to the Kirksville R-III Board of Education in 2018. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from Keizer University, Sarasota, FL. He graduated from Houston (Mo) High School in 1999.  He is a firefighter for the City of Kirksville. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Samantha, and has two children, Michael,12, and Isabella, 8.


Term Expires: 2021