Candidates for SPS Board of Education

Election date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

There are 4 candidates vying for 2 open School Board Seats in the April 4, 2023 election.

Register to vote by March 8 (If you’ve moved recently, remember to update your registration at the County Clerk’s office).

Judy Brunner

I’m running for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, and it would be my privilege to serve in this capacity.  I am a graduate of Springfield Public Schools, my children are SPS graduates, and I have two grandchildren currently enrolled in SPS. As an educator, I know what it takes to deliver a quality education.  Additionally, I am school safety consultant and have written several books on the topics of both safe schools and literacy.  Fundamentally, I believe three components must be in place for our children to have the schools they deserve. Safe schools, engaged families, and support for educators are all necessary in order for students to thrive academically. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and be visible within the community in order to listen carefully to everyone.

Landon McCarter

My name is Landon McCarter and I am excited to run for the Springfield Public School Board. I am a father to 3 children currently attending SPS schools. My oldest, Koah McCarter, is a 7th grader at Cherokee Middle School. He just finished his 7th grade football season as the starting quarterback and is a great student. My middle son’s name is Kasen McCarter, he is in 4th grade at Disney Elementary and has been named the Disney “citizen of the month” recently. My daughter is in 2nd grade at Disney Elementary, she loves participating in school functions and was also named citizen of the month.

Chad Rollins

Parent of children in SPS

Pharmacist in Charge and Facility Director at Healthdirect Pharmacy in Ozark

Glendale, Missouri State, and UMKC School of Pharmacy Graduate

Shurita Thomas-Tate

Shurita Thomas-Tate is an associate professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University. She teaches courses related to child language and literacy, autism and children with complex communication needs, and cultural and linguistic diversity. Shurita is the founder/director of Ujima Language and Literacy, a non-profit organization that exists to connect, empower, and advocate for children and families.  She has been recognized and honored for her commitment to supporting the development and well-being of all children and for her commitment to community engagement. Dr. Thomas-Tate currently serves on the Board of Education for Springfield, Missouri R-12 Schools.   

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