eaton and welker

HANNIBAL, MO – Hannibal Public Schools is pleased to announce two significant leadership appointments for the 2024-2025 school year.

Stephanie Eaton, has been appointed as the next Principal of Oakwood Elementary School. A familiar face within Hannibal Public Schools,  Stephanie started her teaching career with HPS,  where she taught at  A. D. Stowell Elementary. She left to begin her first principal role at Canton Elementary in 2018. In 2021, she received her Specialist degree in Administration. Stephanie is well-prepared to lead Oakwood Elementary towards continued success. She shared, “I am excited to return to Hannibal and continue the tradition of excellence that started my career in education!”

Dr. Jennifer Welker, with 16 years of dedicated service within our district, takes on the role of Special Services Director. She has been a special services teacher working in many of our  classrooms and currently is lead teacher at Hannibal High School in an Autism classroom.  Jennifer earned her Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentials and has been serving in a leadership role on our district BEST team, which provides customized instructional strategies for students K-12.  She received her PhD in Organization Management and Special Education in 2018. She eagerly anticipates collaborating with staff, families, and the community to ensure the best education for our students.

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