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Mr. Jeff Gruener - Principal

Mr. Jeff Gruener is in his 29th year in education.  He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and taught Special Education in a middle school setting.  Mr. Gruener has his Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University and  his Educational Specialists Degree from Lindenwood University.  Mr. Gruener’s wife is a teacher at Francis Howell High School.  He has four children and two have graduated from the Francis Howell School District and two are still currently attending.  

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Dr. Amy Ridling - Assistant Principal

Dr. Amy Ridling has been in public education since 2006. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned her masters in educational administration from Lindenwood University and graduated with her doctorate from Maryville University in December. Dr. Ridling taught for 10 years in the middle school math classroom before moving to a district leadership role. Dr. Ridling is married to her husband, Ben, and together they have two boys who both attend Francis Howell schools. 

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Dr. Angy Dickson - Assistant Principal

Dr. Angy Dickson started her career teaching Geography, Language Arts and Reading to 6th grade students at Jefferson Middle School. She became an Assistant Principal at Lincoln and Benton Elementary School in 2006 and then moved to Jefferson and Hardin Middle Schools the following year due a change in building structures at the middle school level. She began her work in Francis Howell in July of 2008 as an Assistant Principal at Bryan Middle School.

Dr. Dickson attended the University of Missouri- Columbia for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. While teaching sixth grade, she added a middle school certification from Maryville University followed by attending Lindenwood University for her Masters in School Leadership. In 2011, she completed the Maryville University Doctoral program.

Dr. Dickson’s husband Matt owns a personal training, yoga, and hypnosis business in the area. They have a daughter who graduated from Francis Howell High School, two dogs and a turtle. Dr. Dickson loves reading, the beach, and dancing.