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    Ms. Sickmeier 

    My name is Hope Sickmeier and I am the Learning Garden educator at Southern Boone County Primary/Elementary.  This is my 17th year in this district and my second year as the garden educator.  I absolutely love being in the garden and my goal is to foster that feeling in my students!

    I have a Bachelor of Science in education from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Science degree in elementary administration from William Woods University.  Ashland has become my home and I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful community! I have two amazing sons and four fantastic grandkids! I love to do walk-races in my free time and to date, I’ve completed 20 races.  I love being an Eagle and look forward to the best school year yet!


    Paige Bange - (Garden Educator 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Member, Missouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps Project)

      My name is Paige Bange and I will be serving as an AmeriCorps Member this 2018-2019 school year in the Learning Garden.   I grew up in Jefferson City and attended Helias Catholic High School.  I graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and also received a minor in Psychology.  While at Mizzou, I was a four-year member of the softball team.  When I wasn’t busy playing softball or studying I volunteered time as a Mizzou Sports Nutrition Intern.  I am currently living in Columbia and enjoy reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends in my free time. I’m looking forward to having an amazing year of service at Southern Boone! 


    Jackie Casteel

    I’m a Southern Boone County native, non profit coordinator and volunteering enthusiast with nearly 20 years of professional from-scratch cooking experience, leading to a life dedicated to helping others and eating well. I’ve learned that the healthiest AND tastiest foods come fresh from the garden, so I am thrilled to be part of outdoor nutrition education with the Southern Boone Learning Garden and the Missouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program. Sharing the experience of growing our food from seed to harvest with elementary and primary students will ensure years of good eating habits and reduce childhood obesity in our community. Other interests include organic farming, Black Sheep Women’s Rugby, and playing my favorite folk and acoustic artists every 2nd & 4th Sunday from 9-noon on KOPN Community Radio.