Board Member: Leslie Walling

Leslie Walling

401 E. Wimer St.
Knob Noster, MO 65336
lwalling@knr8.net

Elected: 2017

Term Expires: 2020

ABOUT ME:

The United States Air Force brought my family to Knob Noster when I was 16 years old; I have lived here since that time, graduating from Knob Noster High School in 1994. My daughter, Riley, is a junior at Knob Noster High School and will follow her parents' footsteps, graduating from our great school. In 1998, I graduated from Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. From there, I began working civil service on Whiteman AFB and completed my Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development.  Growing up in a military family, and currently working with military and their families on Whiteman AFB, I am in a unique position to understand both what it’s like to be from a small town, as well as what it’s like to grow up in the military.  This unique perspective is, hopefully, beneficial to all families within our schools.

THE BEST THING ABOUT KNOB NOSTER SCHOOLS:

We are small but mighty!! The opportunities we are able to give our children are beyond comparison.  Our district has great resources available, and I believe we work hard to ensure we are using those resources to the fullest potential.

THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD:

Until becoming a board member, I definitely did not realize what it took to run a school district.  But we have a great team that comes together every day and makes wonderful things happen for our kids.  It is honestly about what is best for them, and it is apparent that Team KNSD realizes this first and foremost.

CRITICAL ISSUES FACING KNOB NOSTER:

I could say several things – ensuring impact aid money continues to be available for our district, or the voucher program and its push from current elected officials.  We are always conscious of test scores and how to improve our student performance.  No matter what, we must continually look at how can we improve student learning.  Our ability to grow our students, teachers and staff, and district as a whole depends on it.