Welcome New Sunrise Staff
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME TO THE SUNRISE FAMILY
School Nurse: Nurse Paula
Mrs. Paula Akins retired from Mercy Jefferson Hospital in 2016 after 24 yrs of nursing. She has been a substitute nurse for Sunrise for the past two year. She has been married to her husband Ron for 43 years and they have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 grand cats. All her children have gone to Sunrise School or are currently attending (except for the grand cats). Sunrise is near and dear to Mrs. Akins and her family! She is an avid camper and enjoys traveling with family and friends.
Kindergarten Special Education Paraprofessional: Mrs. Jessica Gale
Mrs. Gale graduated from Jefferson College with an associates degree in education. She grew up in Festus, MO and now resides in Desoto with her husband and 2 children. Mrs. Gale has several years of experience in Head Start as a preschool teacher and home educator for pregnant moms to children age 5. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling.
Kindergarten Teacher: Mrs. Brittany Zehner
Brittany Zehner graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Art Education. Mrs. Zehner grew up in Arnold, Missouri and currently lives in Hillsboro, Missouri. She has an orange cat named Emmy. Her husband is an airline pilot. She enjoys art, knee boarding, and playing board and card games with her family.
Third Grade Teacher: Mrs. Abby Huck
Mrs. Huck graduated from SEMO and has her Elementary Education certification. She is excited to join Sunrise as a teacher; she has served the last five years as the Sunrise PTO President and has a passion for Sunrise and the community. Mrs. Huck has four children and enjoys spending every minute with family & friends outdoors.