My name is Hope Sickmeier and I am the Learning Garden educator at Southern Boone County Primary/Elementary. This is my 27th year in teaching and my 21st year at Southern Boone. I teach garden education in the Learning Garden! I have a bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Baptist University and a master's 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!
My name is Lyra Noce and am the instructional aide at the Southern Boone Learning Garden. I am a proud graduate of the Southern Boone School District and a lifelong resident of Boone County. I attended the University of Missouri and hold a bachelor's degree in regional and cultural geography. I have a passion for horticulture, native plants, and small-scale agriculture. I am married with two sons who attend Southern Boone Middle School. I love learning new things every day and helping others do the same. I am thrilled to be in the Southern Boone Learning Garden helping our children make educational connections with hands-on learning in an outdoor immersive environment.