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.

Holly Yust
Holly Yust
Assistant Principal – Freshmen
417-625-5230 ext. 3027

Ms. Yust joined the Joplin R-8 school district in 2013 teaching high school special education and business education.  She served as the department chair, FBLA advisor and Student Council sponsor.  Prior to beginning her career in education Mrs Yust spent 10 years as an operations manager at a local business in the Joplin area.  

Ms. Yust received her undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern State University in Business Administration.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master’s in Educational Administration degree both from Missouri State University.

Mark LaTurner
Mark LaTurner

Assistant Principal –Sophomores
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417-625-5230 ext. 3027

Mr. LaTurner has served as a social studies teacher at Joplin High School for the last ten years, the last four as social studies department chair. 

Mr. LaTurner grew up in Galena, Kansas, and has been an educator for the last fourteen years. His career began at W.W Samuell High School in the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, where he taught U.S and world history before moving back to the Joplin area to continue teaching and be closer to family.

In my time at JHS, I have developed great relationships with the teachers and staff and I am  excited to help serve the needs of our students here in a new capacity as assistant principal. I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to be continuing my career as a Joplin Eagle!

Mr. LaTurner earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Pittsburg State University and has completed his master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri State University.

Kaci Dorton
Assistant Principal –Juniors
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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 - Seniors
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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. 

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

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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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