In The Spotlight

Please join us in welcoming the newest staff members to the Falcon Family!

Megan Kaldenberg-2nd Grade

Megan Kaldenberg

A Message from Mrs. Kaldenberg: 

Hi! My name is Megan Kaldenberg. This is my sixth year of teaching and my first year at Voy Spears! In 2015, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University in Elementary Education and Special Education. In 2019, I graduated with my Master’s Degree from UCM in Curriculum and Instruction. I am a huge football fan and love the KC Chiefs and Texas Tech Red Raiders! I am excited about the upcoming school year and can’t wait to meet my new 2nd graders!

Ashley Leiker-3rd Grade

Ashley Leiker 

A Message from Mrs. Leiker:

Hello Falcons, my name is Ashley Leiker (pronounced Liker) I am so excited to join the Voy Spears team!  My education career began in 2009, in Joplin, Missouri where I taught 2nd grade and coached high school volleyball.  In 2011, the Joplin tornado destroyed my house and brought me home to Blue Springs, where I grew up.   I was hired to teach 3rd grade at William Bryant Elementary.  In 2012, I met my husband and in 2013 we were married.  We have 3 children and just recently moved to Blue Springs.  I taught 2nd and 3rd grade at William Bryant Elementary for 8 years.  In May of 2019 we had our 3rd child, I decided to take a year off and stay home with my kids.  It has defiantly been a year of many memories and blessings.  I enjoyed all the time I had at home with my family, but I am excited to return to the classroom this fall! 

Brenda Mullendore-2nd Grade 

Brenda Mullendore

A Message from Mrs. Mullendore:

Hi Falcon Families!  I’m so excited to join the VSE 2nd grade team this year.  This has been a busy year for our family.  I have two grown sons who have four daughters between them, and my daughter blessed us with twin boys in March.  They were 12 weeks early, and Covid-19 kept visitors away.  But, I finally got to meet them on June 21st.  So, I’ve spent most of the summer helping with feedings and diaper changes or playing with my granddaughters.

I began working in education in 1996 as a Library Aid and a Substitute Teacher in Independence, Missouri.  I worked there for 4 years while I went back to school to complete my Teaching Certification.  In 1999, I graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  I was hired as a Fifth Grade teacher at Franklin Smith Elementary that same year.  I taught 5th grade for eight years, and then decided that I was ready for a change and began teaching Fourth grade in 2008.  Each year I would teach younger grades during the summer school session and I found that I really enjoyed teaching Second Grade.  In 2012 a Second grade position was open, and I asked if I could move again.  I have never looked back on that decision.  I love to see how excited students are to learn at this age, and how proud they are when they see their improvement. I can’t wait to meet my new students and get back to teaching in the classroom.  I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Annie Crane-Speech Pathologist

Annie Crane

A Message from Ms.Crane:

My name is Annie Crane and I will be one of the Speech Pathologists here at Voy Spears Elementary, Delta Woods Middle School, and Blue Springs South High School. I completed both my undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia. I just recently graduated in May with my Master’s of Health Sciences in Speech Language Pathology. I am originally from Bloomington, Illinois and just recently made the move to KC. I love the area and all it has to offer! In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking, kayaking, gardening, reading and spending time with friends and family. I am so excited to meet all of my students and their parents as we navigate this semester together!