A life-long passion for inspiring youth

Lebanon R-3 Assistant Superintendent Michele Hedges and some kids at Maplecrest enjoy a photo opportunity. While she said she never regretted leaving the classroom to become a principal and assistant superintendent, Hedges said she is considering doing some substitute teaching to get back into the classroom before implementing her other retirement plans.


Submitted photo

Michele Hedges poses for the school yearbook photographer as a third-grade teacher at Maplecrest where she began her teaching career in her first “dream job.”


The staff at Lebanon R-3 School District’s Central Office are getting ready for a move to the old Commerce Bank building on Commercial Street in January.
One assistant superintendent recently announced her plans for another more personal move from a career in education to a very busy retired lifestyle.
Michele Hedges keeps a clean desk.
The only paperwork on the desk of this assistant superintendent who focuses on curriculum and instruction was a file folder of precious notes, cards and newspaper clippings devoted to her years in education.
As she reminisced about her professional life, one word kept popping up: love.
It was in the fifth grade at Stoutland that Hedges had an epiphany: She wanted to be a teacher.
“I loved going to school. I loved my teachers. I just loved everything about school,” Hedges said.
To make that dream a reality, she attended Drury College for a degree in elementary education.
“That’s all I ever wanted to do: just be a little elementary teacher,” Hedges said.

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