New teachers get to know school and students

Six of the 13 new staff members at Warsaw High are classroom teachers and coaches in the building.


Special Services Paraprofessional Brittney Abel

   Brittney Abel graduated from Skyline High School and attended and received a Bachelor’s of Science from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Abel says her family is “ a little nutty and sarcastic, but they also have the biggest hearts.”

Q: What hobbies do you have?

A: In my spare time, I play Co-ed softball, travel, spend time with family, watch Cardinal baseball, paint, and play video games. Also, I am currently planning my wedding.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am extremely passionate about the little things in life. The way the sun shines through the clouds, the way it smells right before it rains, laughter, hearing people singing, and seeing your favorite candy bar on sale.

Q: What do you think about Warsaw whether it be town or school?

A:  Everything is in pretty close quarters. You don’t have to drive an hour in traffic to do anything.

Q: Why did you start teaching?

A: I started teaching because I fell in love with the “Aha!” moments students have when they finally understand something. Seeing students succeeding is amazing to watch.

Social Studies Teacher Nathan Copling

     Nathan Copling has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, class of 2008. Copling has a Master of Arts degree in History (with a published Master’s Thesis) from Stephen F. Austin State University, class of 2011. Copling obtained Middle School and High School social studies education certificates from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis in 2012. Coplings family is a unique conglomeration of sorts, hard work and ethic mixed with real-life experiences.

Q:Why did you start teaching?

A: Education was impressed upon me, as a young child, as being very important. My parents taught me the value of hard work and education as being of paramount importance to success in the real world. I have a lot of family members who are teachers (current and retired) and teaching seemed, to me, to be a big deal. Lastly, I love the social studies, as a whole, and enjoy helping out others.

Q:What do you think about Warsaw whether it be town or school?

A: I enjoy the city and community. It is a quiet place that seems to offer everyone a little opportunity to do whatever, be it fishing, boating, engaging in activities at school, or just being part of a community. I think that the town, though small, is a good place to raise a family and to get an education.

Q: What hobbies do you have?

A: Hanging out with my wife, reading historical books, watching netflix and sometimes I play basketball.

Q:Why did you come too Warsaw?

A: I came to Warsaw because Mr. Luebbert really made the school appealing to me. It was only after I came down for the first time after my hire that I fell in love with Warsaw as a town and a community. The entire place has a authentic Southern hometown feel to it. I lived in the Deep South (East Texas) for two years and I feel the same then as I do now. Plus, who doesn’t love that beautiful riverfront!

Special Services/ Coach Scott Floyd

Scott Floyd graduated from Westminster College with  a BA in Business and also graduated from the University of Missouri with an M.Ed. in Business Education. Floyd  has a wife and daughter. His wife, Denise Floyd, is a huge supporter of the basketball family. His daughter, Jess Floyd, is a freshmen at Central Methodist University. Also included in the family are the dogs, Chief and Katy, and their cat, Snap.

Q:What hobbies do you have?
A: My hobbies include fishing, camping and running.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about teaching in the classroom and teaching on the basketball court.

Q:Why did you start teaching?

A:  I had the opportunity to be an assistant coach at Rock Bridge High School (my alma mater) when I was working in insurance.  I enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to return to school in order to get a teaching degree.

Q: What do you think about Warsaw whether it be town or school?

A:Warsaw High School is a school with great pride. The community has a lot of support and enthusiasm for their sports teams.

Math Teacher Kara Hill

   Kara Hill graduated from UCM in 2006 with Bachelor’s in Middle School Education and a minor in Math, then graduated again in 2012 with Masters in Educational Technology. Hill’s family is big with six children.

Q: What hobbies do you have?
A: Riding horses, reading and playing board games with family.
Q: Why did you start teaching?
A: To have a (hopefully) positive impact on mathematics education
Q: What do you think about Warsaw whether it be town or school?
A: Beautiful area, love the staff.

Q: What are you passionate about?
A: Family

Math teacher Kyle Stoecklein

   Kyle Stoecklein graduated from Moberly High School and went to college at Central Methodist University and William Woods University.

Q: What inspired you to teach?

A: I was always good at at mathematics and tutoring in college and I wanted to help students in a subject that was not always easy.

Q: What are your feelings/thoughts on Warsaw?

A: It’s a small town. It’s different than what I’m used to, but it’s nice and it has a good lake atmosphere.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Playing golf and watching football.

Q: What is your favorite movie genre?

AMy favorite genre is Comedy.

English teacher Micky Wheeler

   Micky Wheeler graduated at Oak Grove High School in 1994. Wheeler’s original degree was from Missouri State as a Mass Media Film Studies major in 2000. Wheeler went back to get a Masters in the MAT program at Missouri State to become an English teacher.

Q:Why did you start teaching?

A: To help others fulfill their dreams.

Q: What do you think about Warsaw whether it be town or school?
A: It has been a great experience to be a part of the long tradition of excellence.
Q: What hobbies do you have?
A: Reading, running and coaching baseball.
Q: What are you passionate about?

A: English literature and baseball.