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Dr. Gregory Mees

I am excited and honored to be entering my new role as principal of DMS for the 2017-2018 school year. DMS is a fantastic school and it is my goal to keep it moving in the positive direction it was going under the leadership of Dr. Moore.


The 2017-2018 school year will be my 15th year in education. I started my educational career as a social studies teacher at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri after attending Indiana University-Bloomington where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History and teaching certificate.  While a teacher at Hickman, I completed my Master in Education in Secondary Administration from William Woods University and started my Educational Specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After my first year in the Specialist program, I was offered a Graduate Research Assistant position at MU. This position required me to leave my teaching job, but provided me the opportunity over the next two years of my assistantship at MU to finish not only my Specialist degree, but also earn my Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. After completing my Ph.D., I was hired as an assistant principal at Liberty High School in 2008, where I stayed until accepting the principal position at DMS in the Spring of 2017.


In my free time, I love to spend time with my wife and two elementary age daughters. We also travel to Columbia to visit our extended family as both my wife and I were born and raised there. Our parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews all live in Columbia, so there is plenty to keep us busy when we visit. I enjoy reading and when time allows playing golf.


I am proud to call DMS my professional home and believe whole heartedly in our focus to take care of kids academically, emotionally, and physically while teaching independence.


If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Gregory W. Mees, Ph.D.


Mrs. Courtney Dickerson

The 2016-2017 school year marks my 15th year as an educator in the Liberty Public School District.  Before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2012, I taught English-Language Arts at Liberty Junior High and South Valley Junior High. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Masters of Education Administration from Park University, and Educational Specialist in Administration from Northwest University. 


When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our daughter.  Each day at Discovery Middle School, we strive to provide dynamic experiences to help students discover their voice and reach their full potential.  I feel truly fortunate to be a part of an amazing team at DMS and am excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, supportive parents, and a caring community. 


I look forward to working with you and your family throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  Go Blue Jays!


Mrs. Courtney Dickerson

Assistant Principal