• Dear Wood Families,

    I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families to Wood Elementary.  I hope you have had a wonderful, relaxing summer and you are ready for the upcoming school year.  I have the privilege of being the building principal of Wood Elementary this year and I am truly looking forward to helping your child grow both academically and socially.

     This year marks my eleventh year in education.  I taught 5th and 1st grades in both the Strafford, MO School District and most recently in the Crystal City, MO School District.  After 5 years of teaching at Crystal City I was promoted to the K-8 building principal where I have served for the last 4 years.  Being a part of a small district and working with such a wide range of students has given me many experiences and learning opportunities that I am  excited to share with Wood Elementary.

    I am honored to be working alongside such a talented group of teachers and staff.  I am already impressed with their work ethic and the things they’ve accomplished in this building.  It is truly a great team and we welcome you to join us as much as possible!  Only through true parent support and collaboration can we reach our highest goals and do what’s best for our kids.  

    Thank you for allowing us to educate your child.  We look forward to an exciting school year full of rigorous, relevant learning opportunities that your child will remember for years to come!

    Let’s have a great year!


    Melanie Mitchell



Melanie Mitchell, Principal