For nearly 20 years, Jody Nichols Newman served as principal of Osage Beach Elementary after already teaching there for ten years. She served the OBE community for 28 years and was considered a cornerstone of the school by many.
For nearly 20 years, Jody Nichols Newman served as principal of Osage Beach Elementary after already teaching there for ten years. She served the OBE community for 28 years and was considered a cornerstone of the school by many. During the Camdenton Foundations annual Elegant Evening, Newman was inducted into the Hall of Leaders as an outstanding Educational Professional.
Throughout the room on Friday night, fellow teachers, administrators, parents and students that had been impacted by Newman cheered her on as she accepted the honor. "Whether it was in leadership style, education or community involvement, she was always ahead of her time," organizers said of Newman in the night's program. "She knew how to grow her staff, students and community and she experienced an exceptional level of trust, faith and support from all with whom she came in contact."
One of Newman's former students, local attorney Matt Hamner, spoke of her impact on his life. He told the crowd that aside from his parents, Newman had the greatest influence on his life and who he became. He shared fond memories of her before she received her award from Foundation member, Susan Leslie.
Newman holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri as well as a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education Certification and Principal Certification. She was honored as Teacher of the Year and is a Distinguished Alum of School of the Osage. Newman is currently active in the community serving on the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Board, Camden County Library Board and volunteers at the Miller County Museum and Lake Regional Hospital.