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Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy

Lovinger Building Room 3155
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8641
Dr. Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, Chair






   Dr. Joanie (Mary) Hartnett


       Assistent Professor of Middle School Education & Coordinator

       Educational Foundations & Literacy

       College of Education
       Lovinger Building, Room 2100B

       (660) 543-8273












I grew up in Nebraska and started my teaching career as a high school teacher for emotionally disturbed students in Omaha, a large, diverse urban school district. While teaching and coaching, I started working on my Ph.D., became an assistant principal in Nebraska, and then moved to Liberty, Missouri where I was the Principal of the Junior High, grades 8 and 9.  After 16 years as the Principal in Liberty, the Independence School District contacted me with a unique challenge: close an old junior high school and open a new middle school, with true middle level practices. After making the transition to Middle level practices in Independence, I was promoted to Assistant Superintendent, where my duties included Middle School Curriculum/Instruction, Professional Development and New Teacher support.


Seven years ago after retiring from public education, I came to the University of Central Missouri and I love my job.  I am the Program Coordinator for Middle School- Junior High.  We have the largest stand alone Middle School program in the state of Missouri and we provide our students with numerous opportunities to practice their teaching skills in the field prior to student teaching. I am also the Program Coordinator for Co-teaching, which is a supportive model of student teaching, where the cooperating teacher and student teacher equally share all classroom responsibilities.



BA:English/ Secondary education/ Special Education- Creighton University

MSE:  Teaching the Emotionally Disturbed-University of Nebraska-Omaha

Ph.D.: Curriculum, Instruction and Administration- University of Nebraska- Lincoln