Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: B.S. Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood (College of the Ozarks, 2008) M.A Educational Administration (Lindenwood, 2012) Ed.D Educational Administration (Lindenwood, 2017) Certifications: Early Childhood Education (Birth-3rd) Elementary Education (1st-6th) Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-3rd) Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical (K-12th) Principal (K-12th) Superintendent (K-12th)
Dr. Lara Wilbur
Dr. Lara Wilbur is the principal of the Nixa Early Childhood programs. She grew up in Northern California, but after high school moved to Missouri to attend Collage of the Ozarks. Dr. Wilbur has been in the field of education since 2008. She began her career teaching Early Childhood Special Education at Branson Primary. During her time in Branson, Dr. Wilbur also taught special education at the Branson High School and spent 5 years as an as assistant coach for the high school's women's soccer team. In the fall of 2014, she became the principal of Nixa Early Childhood. Dr. Wilbur is passionate about providing quality early childhood education to students in the Nixa community.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."