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Get to Know Ms. Boteler


am so excited to be working in the Maysville Elementary Library. My goal is to help students explore different genres, expand their interests, and supercharge their reading practice by finding books and websites and magazines and media they love. 

My childhood: My family moved around when I was young, and I attended 4 different schools in Mississippi and Florida from kindergarten to third grade.  Then we moved to my grandparents' farm in Altamont where we helped with chores and rode horses.  I completed 4th - 12th grades in the Gallatin School District.  During high school, I was involved in academic clubs, plays, choirs, and the flag corps. 

Education and Experience:  I have degrees from Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University.  Early in my career, I taught elementary music near Kirksville.  Later, I taught kindergarten at a tribal school in Kansas, and I worked part-time in the public library there.  I've been with the Maysville school district since 2007 where I've taught 3rd - 6th grades.   

Family and Hobbies:  I live in Cameron with my husband, Mr. Murray, and our cat named Random.  My husband is a nurse, and so are my mom AND my sister.  I've always loved reading and singing, but recently I've started watching hockey, and I'm taking violin lessons. We love to travel and attend music festivals, especially Irish music.   We try to see a live hockey game each year, either the Mavericks or a pre-season Blues game in Kansas City. In 2019, I saw my first NHL season game between my two favorite teams, the Blues and the Bruins, in honor of my 50th birthday.  Then they played each other in the finals, and the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time!

Some of my Favorite Things:

TV show: Sherlock

Chapter Book:  The City of Ember (series)

Picture Book:  Clarence Goes Out West and Meets a Purple Horse

Childhood Book: Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine 

Youtube star: Shark Cat

Game: Headbanz

Computer Time Waster:  Pinterest

Sport: Hockey

Sports Teams:  MO Mavericks, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins

Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Music 

Vacation:  the next one