• Dear Freedom Elementary Families,

    I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new and returning families and share my enthusiasm for the upcoming school year. I hope your summer has gone well and you are excited about the beginning of school.

     It is a great honor to serve as the principal of Freedom Elementary.  Education and learning has been an essential part of my entire life. Coming from a family of educators and marrying an educator has aided in my passion to create high levels of educational experiences for all children. 

    Prior to joining Freedom Elementary School, I served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal at East Elementary and head principal at Partridge Elementary. I earned a bachelors degree at Drury University, a masters and specialist degree from Lindenwood University in Educational Leadership. I have 4 children; three of them are students in the Waynesville School District.  I enjoy traveling, reading, attending WHS sporting events and spending time with my family. 

    Freedom Elementary wants, needs, and values your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Active participation is key to the success of your young Tiger during his/her elementary school years.


     Please feel free to contact me if you ever have questions or concerns.  Always remember, it’s a great day to be a Tiger!

    Mrs. Melissa Vernon
                                                                        Melissa Vernon