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Principal: Dr. Vanna Easley

Dr. Easley

It’s a great day to be a hornet and Dr. Vanna Easley's job as principal of Graden Elementary School is one of pride and accomplishment. Graden is in Parkville, Missouri and opened its doors in January of 1935. Dr. Easley is a Park Hill graduate and is proud to call Park Hill her home again. She graduated from Missouri State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She began her teaching career in North Kansas City as a first-grade teacher, a job she held for ten years before moving into her role as an instructional coach. In 2017, she moved to Park Hill to take on the role as Assistant Principal at both Graden Elementary and Union Chapel Elementary.  
Dr. Easley continued her education earning a Master of Arts in Education from Park University, a Specialist in Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and a Doctorate of Education from William Woods University.  

Dr. Easley, her husband, and two sons spend their free time playing sports, specifically football, and enjoying family time. She loves getting caught up in a good book and traveling to places she has never been.  


Assistant Principal: Megan Brethower


Dr. Brethower came to Graden from Hopewell Elementary where she served as the assistant principal since 2019. Prior to being an assistant principal, she taught fifth grade at Southeast Elementary and served as assistant to the principal. Before Park Hill, she taught in the Columbia Public School District and was a University of Missouri Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Brethower received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a K-9 Spanish certification, and Master of Education in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum from the University of Missouri. She received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Baker University.

Dr. Brethower is passionate about education, but when not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and crafting.