Board of Education

    Sharon Sherwood

    Sharon Sherwood, President

    Years of Service:  First elected 2008
    Term Ends:  2020
    District Email Address:  sherwoods@platteco.k12.mo.us


    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!


    Adam McGinness

    Adam McGinness, Vice President

    Years of Service:  First elected 2010
    Term Ends:  2019
    District Email Address:  mcginnessa@platteco.k12.mo.us
    Adam has been a member of the Platte County community for over 40 years. After graduating from Platte County R-3 High School, Adam attended the University Missouri-Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Consumer & Family Economics with a Minor in Economics.

    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.


    Lori Bogart

    Lori Bogart, Member

    Years of Service:  First elected 2012
    Term Ends:  2018
    District Email Address:  bogartl@platteco.k12.mo.us
    Lori was elected to the Platte County R-3 School Board in 2012. She is currently representing the School Board as a member of the District Calendar Committee and has participated in a variety of other workshops and committees while on the Board.

    Lori grew up in a small community in Iowa and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Human Resources. While her kids were in elementary school, she made time to get more involved in the school community. She wanted to really get to know the other kids at the school and become familiar with the staff and administration. She held various positions within elementary, middle school, and high school PTA. She was actively involved in the Music Parents Association and what is formerly known as the YouthFriends program. Each of these roles has helped her understand and appreciate the value of a strong school program, high achieving administrative teams and creative, caring educators. She has also worked in the District as a substitute teacher, providing her with valuable insight into the every day work involved in the classrooms.

    Lori and her husband Jeff have lived in this school district for more than 20 years. Their children attended Barry School kindergarten through 8th grade. Their son Bryce now attends the University of Missouri and their daughter Lindsey attends Missouri State University. Lori is currently employed as the Director of Administration and Human Resources at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

    Lori sought election to the school board because she has an interest in helping our District maintain its current level of success as it continues to grow and prosper in the coming years. She hopes to help the District move forward by staying involved, understanding the issues facing the District and working in positive ways to deal with our District's future growth and change.

    Gary Brown

    Gary Brown, Member

    Years of Service:  First elected 2013
    Term Ends:  2019 
    District Email Address:  browng@platteco.k12.mo.us
    Gary is a lifelong resident of Platte County and a 1985 graduate of the Platte County R-3 High School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst College. Today, he is Superintendent of Air Quality Control Systems and Fuels for Kansas City Power & Light at the Iatan Generating Station.

    Prior to joining the Board of Education, Gary served on phase 1 of the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the board and continued as a BOE representative on the phase 2 committee after his election. He is also active in the local Boy Scout Troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster, and in the First Christian Church of Platte City where he is the Education Committee chair and a substitute HS Sunday school teacher.

    Gary lives on a small farm in rural Platte County with his wife, Cathy, and two children. He is proud of the PCR3 traditions and appreciates the chance to contribute to a system that served him well. 

    Steve Goettling

    Steve Goettling, Member

    Years of Service:  First elected 2015
    Term Ends:  2018
    District Email Address:  goettlings@platteco.k12.mo.us

    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.

    Steve earned his Certified Board Member designation in May 2015 and currently serves on the PCR3 Fraud & Audit Committee.  He looks forward to the responsibilities involved with representing our great community as a member of the Board of Education, especially as the school district continues to evolve and grow. Helping our students reach their full potential is the light that will guide his path while serving the Platte County R-3 School District students, families, staff, and patrons. 


    Buffy Smith Buffy Smith, Member

    Years of Service: First Elected 2017
    Term Ends: 2020
    District Email Address:  smithbr@platteco.k12.mo.us


    Buffy Smith was born and raised in Bethany, Missouri on her family farm. After graduation from South Harrison High School, she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

    Upon graduation, she moved to the Kansas City area to work for Congressman Sam Graves. Buffy worked for the Congressman for more than ten years as his Director of Operations. In that role, she served as his scheduler, as well as the Platte County Field Representative. Buffy also worked on legislation in a variety of issue areas and coordinated federal grants for constituents. During that time, she also assisted many political campaigns in the state and region. 
    A few years ago, the opportunity presented itself to be able to stay home with her children. Buffy and her husband, Matt, have lived in the Platte City area for more than ten years. They have two children, Kate and Ben. Kate is a student at Compass Elementary.  Buffy earned the Certified Board Member Designation in October 2017 and serves on the Pirates R.O.C.K Committee.


    Gwendolyn Cooke Dr. Gwendolyn Cooke, Member

    Years of Service: First elected 2017
    Term Ends: 2020
    District Email Address:  cookeg@platteco.k12.mo.us
    Dr. Gwendolyn J. Cooke has a vast career in education, from serving as a secondary school principal to working in senior level positions in several school districts including Kansas City, Missouri; Warrensville Heights and Cincinnati, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; and Baltimore, Maryland, as well as for the University of Central Missouri and Morgan State University in Baltimore. While serving as the Director of the Midwest Center for Charter Schools and Urban Education at UCM, she developed an evaluation system for ten charter schools. She has also served as a consultant in assessment for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

    Dr. Cooke has authored three books: Look Up: Images in the Classroom; A 90 Day Empowerment Journal for Young Women, and Key to Success for Urban Principals. She spent nearly a decade with the National Association of Secondary School Principals in Reston, Virginia, directing the Urban Schools Services Office and the Urban and Rural Schools Services Office. She is also a certified trainer of the Mentoring and Coaching Program for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and spent the 2007-08 academic school year in the United Arab Emirates coaching and mentoring two school principals and consulting with the Ministry of Education.

    Her education includes a bachelor's degree from Alabama State College, master's degree from Morgan State College, and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Cooke earned the Certified Board Member Designation in June 2017 and currently serves on the Diversity Task Force and the board of the Platte County Education Foundation.