Meet the Academic Administrative Services Team
Dr. Scott Springston, Deputy Superintendent/Curriculum & Instruction (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Springston has been in public education for the past 29 years serving learners from pre-kindergarten to adults. He received his doctorate in Teaching and Leadership from the University of Kansas and his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Springston taught middle school and high school science before becoming a middle school administrator in the Blue Valley School District. He then moved to the Valley Center, KS school district where he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Curriculum for two years before becoming the superintendent for 6 years. After Valley Center he became the superintendent of the 11,000 student Park Hill (MO) school district for 3 years. Dr. Springston stayed in education but took a career path change to focus on adult learners. He served as the Chief Collaboration Officer for an education consulting company called Strategic Education Collaborators supporting school districts across the Midwest and western states. In addition to consulting he was the Chief Executive Officer for a non-profit start up called Grand County Higher Education whose mission was connecting the adult workforce with continued learning opportunities. In 2018 Dr. Springston became the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Dodge City USD 443 Public Schools.
Matt Turner, Assistant Superintendent/Secondary Education (email@example.com)
Mr. Turner was born and raised in Dodge City, KS where he was a 1994 graduate of Dodge City Senior High. Following high school, Mr. Turner attended Dodge City Community College and Fort Hays State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education Degree in 1999. In 2003, he received his Master of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Fort Hays State University. In 2007, Mr. Turner was certified in building level administration through Fort Hays State University and, in 2019, he received his district level certification from Fort Hays State University.
Mr. Turner has spent his entire professional career in Dodge City where he began at Dodge City High School where he was a Business Education Instructor from 2001-2007 and a Dean of Students during the 2007-2008 school year. From 2008-2019 Mr. Turner was the principal at Dodge City Alternative Education until he became Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education in 2019 where he remains today.
Mr. Turner and his wife Diana live in Dodge City, they have one child Savannah. Mr. Turner enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter, coaching his daughter’s softball team, Kansas City Royals baseball and golf.
Tami Knedler, Assistant Superintendent/Elementary Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tami Knedler was raised in Stockton, KS where she was a 1993 graduate of Stockton High School. She started her education career at Washburn University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Early Childhood in 1997. In 2008, she received a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Newman University and a graduate endorsement on District Leadership at Wichita State University in 2014.
Mrs. Knedler started her teaching career in 1998 as a 6th grade teacher at Soule Intermediate Center. She and her husband Kelly moved to Colorado Springs where she taught 5th grade for five years. In 2004 they moved back to Dodge City. Since moving back, Tami taught 5th and 6th grade, was an instructional coach, principal intern, and principal at Bright Beginnings. In 2016 Mrs. Knedler became the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education.
Mrs. Knedler came from a family of educators. She and her husband Kelly have two children Aria and Alden. Tami enjoys traveling, crafting, sports, being a mom, and supporting her kids on their adventures.
Brandon Miller, Academic Interventionist Coordinator (email@example.com)
Brandon Miller entered education as a Special Education teacher holding a Masters in Special Education K-12 Cross Categorical. After several years in the classroom, Brandon became a K-5 instructional coach. Brandon has an extensive background in both reading instruction as well as Intervention, Response to Intervention, utilizing Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports and Data Analysis. In 2021, Brandon became District Intervention Coordinator for Dodge City Public Schools.