First Grade


Back row: Mrs. Maceranka, Mrs. Harshman, Mrs. Nanney, Ms. Tarrant, Mrs. Feldt, and Mrs. Rhode
Front Row: Ms. Bosenbecker and Mrs. Walker


Mary Bosenbecker- 8 years experience

My name is Mary Bosenbecker, and I am so honored to be at J.L. Mudd for my fourth year.  I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and certification in Early Childhood Education as well as Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts.  I received my Master of Education in Elementary Education with Special Reading Certification from the University of Missouri St. Louis and continue to take classes to inspire and enlighten me.  I have been fortunate to teach students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Sixth Grade Social Studies, and Reading, and this year will be my third year teaching First Grade.  In my life outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my niece and nephews.  I love being outside, reading, relaxing, and enjoying the sunshine.  I am blessed to call J.L. Mudd my second home and can’t wait to meet my First Graders.  

Amanda Feldt- 5 years experience

Hi! My name is Amanda Feldt; although, you might formerly know me as Amanda LeGrand. I spent the beginning of summer finishing up wedding plans and married my wonderful husband, Stuart, at the end of June! This will be my sixth year of teaching at J.L. Mudd. I love every minute of every day with my first graders, and truly believe that this is where I am meant to be. I graduated from Saint Louis University in December 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and am currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Special Reading, at Lindenwood University. I am looking forward to another great year in first grade and making a lot of memories with my students. Amy Harshman- 17 years experience

Hello!  My name is Amy Harshman, and I am a new face at J.L. Mudd this year.  Previously, I spent 17 years teaching 4th and 5th graders at Dardenne Elementary School.  I am very excited to start my journey in 1st grade at J.L. Mudd.  I graduated from Maryville University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics.  In 2004, I received my Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Integrated Studies in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Reading.  I continue to take classes to further my education and fine-tune my abilities to be the best teacher I can be for your child and the other children at J.L. Mudd.  When I’m not fine-tuning my teaching abilities, I am working on my mommy skills!  This summer, my daughter, Emma, turned three and my son, Jacob, turned 1.  They are such fun and my husband, Jason, and I had a great time with them this summer going to the Zoo, playing at parks, and swimming in our pool.  I am so excited to meet you all and begin my journey as a Panther Cub this year. Allyson Leyen- First Year Teacher Coming soon!


Renee Rhode- 15 years experience

This is my sixteenth year teaching first grade at J. L. Mudd Elementary. There is no place I would rather be than teaching first grade! I love watching students grow and change, sharing in their excitement for learning, and helping them become independent thinkers and responsible citizens. I have my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern Iowa and my Master's Degree from Lindenwood University. I am married and have one child. She attended school in the Fort Zumwalt School District. In my spare time, I love to read, watch movies, and spend time with my family. Meagan Tarrant- 1 year experience

Hello! My name is Meagan Tarrant, and I am beyond excited for my second year of teaching at J.L. Mudd Elementary!  I have dreamt of becoming a first grade teacher ever since I was a young girl and cannot wait to spend each day with a classroom full of smiling faces. I graduated from Missouri State University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in psychology. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, catching up on my favorite TV shows, and playing volleyball. I am so excited for another fantastic year in first grade! Haley Walker- 1 year experience My name is Haley Walker, and I am so excited to continue my second year teaching at J.L. Mudd Elementary! I graduated from Lindenwood University in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. First grade was my most memorable year in elementary school, and I can't wait to make sweet memories with my first graders! In my free time I like to travel, read, and take my fur-babies, Tucker and Cooper, for walks! I am so excited to meet you and have another fabulous year in first grade!