Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Rice

Hello, and welcome to first grade at Wood Elementary! I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year. I know we will have a fun and exciting year together! I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed in Instructional Leadership, both from Drury University. I began my teaching career in 2013. I have taught fourth, second, and first grade. First grade is a year of huge growth, especially in reading! My main goal is for your child to leave our room loving both school & reading!  

I am married to my best friend John, who is the Operational Supervisor for American Water on Fort Leonard Wood. Bailee, Tanner, and Carter are our sweet kiddos, and they all have very big personalities. They keep us very busy with sports, hobbies, and extra activities. Our family loves to spend time outdoors boating, camping, fishing, riding our horses, and being active. We also love to watch Chief’s football!

I am dedicated to partnering with you to provide your child with a quality education. I feel that communication between home and school is so important, and I look forward to hearing from you throughout the year. The quickest and easiest way to reach me is by email at Thank you for entrusting your child to me. Go Tigers!