Meet Our Administrators

Dr. Stephen Gilbreth

417-625-5230 ext. 3002

Dr. Gilbreth started his education career in 1996-1997, where he taught for five years at North Middle School. He moved up as the assistant principal at North, where he served for three years before becoming the principal of Memorial Middle School for the next six years. Gilbreth transitioned to South Middle School, continuing to serve as principal for another six years. In 2017, he became the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services, where he’s served the past two years. Gilbreth received his bachelors of English education from Missouri Southern State University. His masters in administration and educational specialist degrees were obtained from Pittsburg State University. Gilbreth received his doctoral degree from St. Louis University.


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Greg Boyd

Assistant Principal – Seniors
417-625-5230 ext. 3018

Mr. Boyd has spent over 20 years in education having served as a high school teacher, coach, and administrator. Prior to coming to Joplin Schools, Mr. Boyd worked in three Kansas school districts. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Kansas State University and a Specialist Degree from Pittsburg State University.

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Kirk Harryman

Assistant Principal - Sophomores
417-625-5230 ext. 3018

Mr. Harryman is currently serving as 10th Grade Principal at Joplin High School.  He spent his first 20 years in education as a teacher and coach at Joplin Junior High, South Middle School, and Joplin High School.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin.  He earned a masters degree in education administration from William Woods University. 

Kaci Dorton
Assistant Principal – Freshman
417-625-5230 ext. 3027

Ms.Dorton began her educational career in 2006, teaching technology education at Joplin High School. In 2015, she started working at Franklin Technology Center as the Vocational Special Services Coordinator. Dorton has also coordinated Project Lead The Way programs at Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center.
Ms. Dorton earned her bachelor's degree in technology education and master's degree in educational leadership, both from Pittsburg State University. She will complete her specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

Jacob Williams

Assistant Principal
417-625-5230 ext. 3027 

Williams has been with Joplin Schools since 2010 as a coach, teacher, and administrator.  He most recently has served as the Middle School Athletic Director. Prior to that, Williams taught physical education at North and East Middle Schools. In addition to his teaching experience, Williams has coached multiple sports and was part of the boys’ basketball program, the track and field program, the volleyball program, and cross country.

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Matt Hiatt
Athletic Director
417-625-5230 ext. 3052

Mr. Hiatt is beginning his fourth year with Joplin Schools. Most recently, Mr. Hiatt was the Assistant Athletics Director for Joplin Schools. Previously, he served as athletic director and head teacher for Northeast High School, in Arma, Kansas. Mr. Hiatt has more than twelve years of experience teaching and coaching various sports including golf, football, baseball, and basketball. Mr. Hiatt graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and a minor in computing. He also earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from PSU. Mr. Hiatt and his wife Ashley have a 2 daughters named Mia and Maesyn. 

Dave RockersDave Rockers
Director - Franklin Technology Center
417-625-5260 ext. 3208 
417-659-4432 - MSSU Office (Tuesday - Thursday)

Mr. Rockers has been the Director at Franklin Technology Center since 2004. He has been in Career and Technical Education for 29 years. He began his career in education as a Marketing Education instructor and DECA Chapter Advisor at comprehensive high schools in Oklahoma and Kansas. He also served in that capacity at Franklin Technology Center in the early to mid 90's. Mr. Rockers has taught in an alternative high school and began his career in Career and Technical Education Administration in 1998 serving as Director and Associate Dean for Technical Education at Crowder College. Mr. Rockers earned an Associate's Degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M majoring in Mid-Management and Marketing. He received his Bachelor's degree from Emporia State University in Business Education w/Marketing Education as his major. He received his Master's degree in Vocational Education and Secondary School Administration from Pittsburg State University.

He is a member of the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

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Steve Reed

Assistant Director - Franklin Technology Center
417-625-5260 ext. 3202

Mr. Reed has been associated with Franklin Technology Center since 1978 first as a student, then an advisory member for the school for 10 years while employed by area manufacturing and engineering firms in southwest Missouri. In 1990 he became the instructor for the Manufacturing and Machining program. In 2004 he became the Special Service Coordinator for Franklin Tech and after 2 years he was moved into the Assistant Directors position. Mr. Reed received a bachelors degree in general education from Missouri Southern State University, his masters in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University, and specialist degree in educational leadership from Missouri State University. 

He is a member of the Missouri Counsel on Career & Technical Administrators, the Association of Career & Technical Educators, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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