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Willard superintendent submits resignation

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Willard Public Schools Superintendent Matt Teeter is resigning from his post.

The district's superintendent since 2017, Teeter is slated to exit June 30, 2022, according to a news release.

"We would like to thank him for his time and dedication to our Willard school district, and we wish him the very best," said Kip Baker, the district's board president, in the release. "The Willard School Board of Education will work to create a search and selection process for the district."

The district additionally shared a letter penned by Teeter to district staff and the community.

Teeter did not directly say why he decided to resign, other than that "my wife and I had an overwhelming realization that included unquestionable and unimaginable peace, that my time serving as superintendent in Willard is done sooner than we expected."

"I had a plan to serve in this district until I retired, but sometimes, our plans are not ours," he said in the letter. "Over the last several months, specifically, the last two weeks, there has been a shifting in my spirit which I have wrestled with."

District spokesperson Dan Ortega said Teeter's resignation "was solely a personal decision that he made with his family."

"He had a strong enough feeling that his time as superintendent needed to come to an end," Ortega said via email.

Teeter indicated in the letter that he and his family would stay in Willard and that he's unsure what his next plans would be.

In 2017, Teeter came to Willard from Smithton Public Schools, where he was superintendent of the district in the Missouri city of the same name, according to past reporting.


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