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New Monett principal is Barry County native

Friday, August 14, 2009

New administrators joining the Monett R-1 School District this year, from left, are: Jerry Swadley, technology director; Elaine O'Neal, special education director; Tyler Laney, interim director at the Southwest Area Career Center; and Annette Cozort, principal at Central Park Elementary. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Monett R-1 School District has named Annette Cozort principal at Central Park Elementary.

Cozort received her bachelor's degree and masters degree in educational adminstration at Missouri State University. Her specialist degree in educational administration was received at Missouri State University.

Cozort has been in the educational field for 26 years. She taught for 12 years at Eunice Thomas Elementary in Cassville and four years at Espy Elementary in Nixa.

Cozort's administrative career as principal began in Mountain Grove, where she spent two years, before accepting the principal's post at Republic Elementary. She held that position for the last seven years. Cozort is currently serving as president of the Southwest Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, a position she's held since 2007.

Cozort grew up in the Cassville and Monett area.

"I love the community feel in Monett. This is what I am most comfortable with," said Cozort. "I love the parent and community involvement." Monett's community spirit was on display during the recent teachers luncheon sponsored by the Monett Area Chamber of Commerce.

"I enjoy being in a place where I know the people that I am working with and their families," Cozort said. "Sometimes when you get in a larger school district, you lose that."

"I have been in meetings off and on since last spring with the staff," said Cozort. "And they have welcomed me with nothing but warmth and have been very welcoming so I feel very good about that."

Cozort's goals are not different from most principals. She hopes to provide a save environment for the children and make sure that the school is providing all of the opportunities necessary for them to learn and grow.

"We want them to not only achieve academically but socially and emotionally, and we want to help mold them into great people," said Cozort.

"I think that the community has done a great job dealing with all of the diversity here," said Cozort. "I don't look at that as a challenge, I look at that as the real world."

" We have a unique community that our children are able to see a little bit of what the real world is all about. Cozort added, "We have a great commercial business here which is a real asset. I think our diversity makes us unique and it is something to celebrate. I look forward to my future in Monett."

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