Dr. Melita Walker

Phone: 573-214-3230

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Dr. Melita Walker

I am absolutely honored and delighted to be a part of the West community this year!  As the principal of West Middle School, I welcome the opportunity to partner with you to create a learning environment that is engaging, challenging, supportive and meets the needs of our diverse learners.

 This 2017-18 school year is my twentieth year as an educator; and over the course of my career, I have been very fortunate to have had a variety of professional opportunities that have prepared me for this amazing leadership opportunity.  Although I have spent much of my educational career teaching English and Reading at the high school level, I also spent four years at the middle school level as a Language Arts teacher, Reading Interventionist, and Literacy Coach.  Most recently, I served as an assistant principal at Battle High School for the last three years.  To prepare for these roles, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree at Lindenwood University, Master of Arts degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Educational Specialist and Doctorate degrees at Ball State University.

 I hope you are as eager for this year to begin as I am!  I look forward to continuing the legacy of excellence that has been established at West Middle School and partnering with our parents, students and community stakeholders to support our efforts to make West the Best! I am committed to ensuring that every West Middle School student receives the very best education possible, and that all students and their families feel valued and supported.

 Please know that I welcome feedback and that my door is always open!  Feel free to stop in, call, or email with any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this year the best year yet!

 Sincerely,

 Dr. Melita Walker

Mrs. Trista Gilpatrick

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Mrs. Trista Gilpatrick

This is Mrs. Gilpatrick’s second year serving as West Middle School’s Assistant Principal. After graduating from Hickman High School, Mrs. Gilpatrick attended Graceland University Lamoni, IA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education; while teaching Early Childhood Special Education. She moved back to Columbia to complete the University of Missouri Fellowship Program and graduated the program with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and continued at the University of Missouri to complete an Educational Specialist in Administration. Mrs. Gilpatrick taught Early Childhood Special Education (4 years), grades 8-9 Special Education; Reading and Emotional Disturbance (4 years), 6 grade regular education reading and writing (3 years), grades 6-8 Special Education (4 years) and was the Administrative Assistant at Gentry Middle School (2 years).

Mrs. Gilpatrick is a continuous learner and is currently working on studies in Executive Functioning Skills, Poverty and Positive Behavior Implementation Support (PBIS)/ Restorative Practices and school success.

Mrs. Gilpatrick has a son, Peyton, who is a fourth grader at Beulah Ralph Elementary and husband, Jeramie, who works for State Farm. Her interests are spending time with family, traveling, learning, gardening and appreciating life.