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!

Miranda White-Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher K-2

Miranda White

A Message from Mrs. White:

Hi, Falcons! My name is Miranda White and I am excited to be joining the team at Voy Spears. This will be my fourth year of teaching and second year in the Blue Springs School District. I previously worked at Liggett Trail as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. I am excited to jump up to elementary and join our Special Education team here at Voy! I’ve got to spend these extra couple of months at home with my husband and our son. It has been so fun making memories with them but I am so excited to meet my Falcons!

Kelsi Arnone-Speech/Language Pathologist 

Kelsi Arnone

A Message from Mrs. Arnone:

Hello Families and Students of Voy Spears Elementary! My name is Kelsi Arnone, and I will be one of the new Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) working in the building. I am incredibly excited for the upcoming school year and to be a part of the Voy Spears Team! This will be my first year working as a SLP, as I have just graduated with my master’s degree in communication disorders and sciences from Rockhurst University. I have had various clinical experiences working with individuals from birth to geriatrics but have a big passion for working with kiddos!

I am originally from and grew up in Peoria, IL but came to Missouri when I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in communication disorders. There, I was a member of the Truman State University Showgirls Dance Team where I was able to participate in one of my biggest passions, dance. I still love to both take and teach dance. Aside from my time working as an SLP, I also work as a Pure Barre Instructor. I love being able to bring the energy, confidence, and drive I have learned through my dance experiences to my professional practice as an SLP.

Currently, I live in Lees Summit with my wonderful husband who I happily married last August! My husband is finishing his final year of his doctoral program for Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University. We are both excited to begin working in our respective fields and be a part of this community. In my free time, I love to be outside, go for walks, hikes, or to sit back, relax, watch a movie, play board games, and enjoy a huge bowl of popcorn! One of my biggest obsessions is for dogs and rescue animals. I absolutely adore dogs, but I currently do not have my own. Although, I am an aspiring dog mom and hope to have one very soon!

I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone throughout the school year and to start my career in the Blue Springs School District.

Hallee Arnold-2nd Grade 

Hallee Arnold-2nd Grade Teacher

A Message from Ms. Arnold:

Hi! My name is Hallee Arnold, and this my first year teaching. I graduated in April with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. 

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, love watching the Royals, and doing activities outside! I grew up in the Blue Springs School District, and I’m so excited to be back home. I’m even more excited to be a part of the Falcon Family! 

Amber Duque-Health Aide

Amber Duque-Health Aide

A Message from Mrs. Duque:

Hi there! My name is Amber Duque. I am so thrilled to join the Voy Spears team this year as the school’s Health Aide. I was a previous health aide at John Nowlin Elementary, and have been with the district for a little over two years. My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we have two beautiful daughters, my oldest is 13 years old and my youngest is 11. As a family we have lived in seven different states until we settled six years ago here in Blue Springs Missouri and couldn’t be happier. I look forward to an amazing year here at Voy Spears!

Emma Hammond- Special Education Cross-Categorical

Emma Hammond-Special Education Teacher

A Message from Mrs. Hammond: 

Hi Falcons! I am Emma Hammond, and this is my first year teaching! I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from University of Central Missouri in May. I am beyond excited to be joining the Falcon Team as a Special Education Cross-Categorical Teacher!

I am just recently married and live here in Blue Springs. I grew up in Blue Springs (go Wildcats!) and am so excited to begin my adult life here with my husband and our two precious kitties! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, painting and creating things, and decorating! I LOVE Kansas City Football and I LOVE Patrick Mahomes even more!

I am very excited to get to know the students and families at Voy Spears!