• reading  

    Carolyn Pridemore

    I began teaching in 1999  as a classroom teacher, took some time off and came back in 2008 as a Parent Educator with the Parents as Teachers Program, and in 2011 joined the Primary as a Title I/Reading Recovery teacher.  I love getting to work with readers who could use an extra boost of reading instruction.  Approximately half of my day is spent working with individual students in the Reading Recovery Program and the rest is in small groups.  We spend time reading new books, working with sight words, writing short responses to our texts, and developing our reciprocal understanding of the reading/writing processes.  It is so rewarding to be able to share in each child's journey to becoming a reader.


    Jessica Bach 

    Hi! My name is Jessica Bach and I am a Reading Specialist at Southern Boone Primary School. My favorite part of my job is working with kids and seeing them become successful readers and writers. I love what I do, the kids I work with, and their amazing families.

    I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri and a Masters Degree in Literacy from MU as well. I have additional certifications in Special Reading, Early Childhood, Library/Media Specialist, and Reading Recovery. 

    My husband, Andrew, and I have three children (Emily, Katelyn, and Molly). We moved to Ashland in the summer of 2011 from Columbia, MO. As a family we enjoy playing games, swimming at the lake or the beach, hanging out with friends, watching musicals, and taking vacations. Our favorite place to vacation is Disney World, but we also enjoy a quick trip to St. Louis or Kansas City. In my free time, I lead Girl Scouts or shuttle my girls to and from dance and gymnastics. I am very proud to be a part of such a terrific school and team of teachers. Southern Boone really is the best place to be!

    Leslie Shollenbarger 

    Southern Boone Primary became my school family in the Fall of 2003.  My time with the district started in the Parents As Teachers program.  I was a parent educator for seven years and then moved into a kindergarten role as a classroom teacher.  My PAT experience made this transition seem natural and smooth.  I enjoyed five years of teaching kindergarten and then moved into a second-grade classroom.  During this time, my love of teaching reading continued to grow so I went back to school to get my Master's degree and Reading Specialist Certificate from Columbia College in 2014.  This additional training opened the door for me to become a Reading Specialist at the Primary!  I love working daily with beginning readers, watching them grow, and seeing them take off in their reading career.  What a great job!