Sharon Sherwood, President
Years of Service: First elected 2008
Term Ends: 2017
Sharon Sherwood was elected to the Platte County R-3 Board of Education in April of 2008. Her love for children and what is best for them, coupled with her background in education led to her interest in becoming a member of the Board of Education. She is a retired elementary principal, first serving thirteen years as an elementary music teacher, then serving for eleven years as an elementary principal, two of those years in the Mound City School District, and nine years in the Smithville R-2 School District.
Sharon is a graduate of Platte County R-3, having earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education K-12 from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in Music Education from NWMSU, and an educational specialist degree is Elementary School Administration from NWMSU. Sharon has also earned the Certified Board Member Designation, the Advanced Certification Award, and the Master Certification Award, bestowed by the Missouri School Board Association.
Sharon and her husband have three adult children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and six grandchildren. One of the grandchildren is a graduate of Platte County R-3, and three others are currently students in the district. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, reading and learning with them, and attending their various activities.
Sharon serves on the long-range facilities planning committee, as the Board of Education liaison to the district Professional Development Committee, and on the Northland Career Center Advisory Board. These affiliations allow her to maintain two-way communication between the Board of Education and these groups, providing input and representation as necessary. Her years of service on the Board of Education provide consistency, knowledge of board procedures, and long-term involvement in and understanding of decisions that have been made.
In addition to the many ways she is involved in the district, Sharon and her husband attend the First Christian Church of Platte City. There she serves regularly as an elder and as worship leader in church services, and as a member of the pulpit committee.
Sharon knows that it is her responsibility to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money, making decisions that are reflective of the district’s most critical needs. As she looks to the future, she knows it is imperative to maintain high academic excellence in high-quality, safe facilities; retain and hire excellent teachers; address district growth; and encourage parent involvement in the education of the children. It is her honor and joy to serve on the Platte County R-3 Board of Education!
He was elected to the Board of Education in April 2010 and currently serves as Vice President. Adam serves on the district's Technology Committee, Fraud & Audit Committee, and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and previously served as a board member of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City.
Education runs deep in Adam's blood. His mother was an educator for more than 30 years before recently retiring from the Platte County R-3 School District. His father served as a PCR-3 Board of Education member in the 1980s. Adam's wife, Kim, is a preschool instructor at Great Beginnings Preschool here in the PCR-3 district. Adam and Kim have two children, Cade (attends Platte County High School), and Cali (attends Siegrist Elementary).
Adam was employed as Vice President of Wells Bank of Platte City for seven years before he embarked on other journeys in his career. He currently serves as Executive Team Lead of Assets Protection with Target Corporation in addition to enjoying the work he puts in to his travel business.
Very active within the community, Adam services as the Lay Leader of the Platte City Methodist Church and is also involved in the area Chamber of Commerce and Platte County Eleemosynary Society.
Adam is honored to represent the Platte County R-3 School District patrons as a member of the Board of Education. He realizes the entire community (parents, students, business partners, etc.) contributes to the District's success and, thus, understands the importance of the continuation to achieve outstanding results while being careful stewards of the taxpayer's money.
After teaching for 20 years at Platte County High School, Lenora is now teaching part-time at West Platte School District. Since she is on her 38th year of teaching, She understands the perspectives of the school board, the teachers, and the students. Additionally, Lenora also works part-time at Dan Demory State Farm Insurance.From Northwest Missouri State University, Lenora received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in Library Science. She earned her master's degree in Secondary Education.
Steve Goettling was elected to the Platte County Board of Education in April 2015. He and his family – wife, Donna and son, Cade (PCHS Pirate – Class of 2017) – have resided within the Platte County R-3 School District boundaries since 2003. For seven years, Steve and his family resided in our southern attendance area and, for the past five years, they have resided in Platte City.
Growing up in Higginsville, Missouri, Steve attended Lafayette County High School as a young man. He attended William Jewell College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Management. Steve has been employed with KCI Auto Auction since 2002 and acts as Assistant General Manager-Business. Steve’s interest in the youth of our community is exhibited by his participation in the Platte County Youth Football League. A four-year president and six-year board member of that organization, he is still involved as a volunteer coach.