Phone: 417-724-4050


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

Principal, Nixa Early Childhood Education. 

The vision for Nixa Early Childhood is to nurture the whole child as creative, confident, life-long learners with 21st-century skills who explore their world through active discovery. See a letter from Dr. Wilbur about the philosophy of Nixa Early Childhood Education, HERE.  

Dr. Wilbur grew up in Northern California and after high school moved to Missouri to attend Collage of the Ozarks. She began her educational career in 2008, 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 assistant coach for the high school's women's soccer team. In the fall of 2014, she became the principal of Nixa Early Childhood Education and completed her doctorate of Educational Administration in 2017.


"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."

~Fred Rogers