Dr. Eric Wilken, Superintendent
Dr. Eric Wilken joined the Willard Family in 2021.
I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Willard School District and the community. I am excited to work alongside this amazing team to help grow student leaders and life-ready graduates. I grew up in Aurora, Missouri and moved to Skyline School District my senior year, where I graduated. My wife Julie and I have three children. Cooper is a senior, Callie 7th grade, and Camden 4th grade. Julie is a RN and teaches in the nursing program at Southwest Baptist University on the Bolivar campus. Prior to Willard, I spent 5 years teaching middle school math at School of the Osage, four years as elementary principal/athletic director at Weaubleau, and 11 years as superintendent at Weaubleau School District. I hold a doctorate degree from Lindenwood University, received a masters' from William Woods University, and a specialist degree from Missouri State University. In my free time, I enjoy attending church, watching my kids participate in athletics, deer hunting, fishing, cruising the lake, attending sporting events, and spending time with our family.
Dr. Josh Ladd, Assistant Superintendent of Academics
Dr. Josh Ladd joined the Willard family in 2023.
I couldn’t be more excited to return to Willard and rejoin this amazing group of educators. I look forward to working together with our educators, students, and families to cultivate a culture of academic excellence and lifelong learning. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University and my Masters in Education from William Woods. I received both my Educational Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees from Lindenwood University. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of education, starting at Humansville and Willard as an ELA teacher. In my first stint at Willard, I had the privilege of assisting in the development and implementation of the SUCCESS program. Most recently, I served as the Principal at Mount Vernon High School for the last seven years. My wife, Lisa is a Reading/ELA teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. We have one daughter, Ellie, who is 10 years old. Family is my number one priority; it is the foundation that keeps me balanced. In my free time, I enjoy doing anything outdoors—hunting, fishing, you name it!
Cathy Shoup, Chief Operations Officer
Cathy Shoup joined the Willard Family in 2017.
I grew up in Carthage, Illinois, where I graduated from Hancock Central High School. I hold a Specialist Degree in Education Administration, a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration, as well as a Master's Degree in Physical Education. Prior to coming to Willard five years ago, I was the Activities Director for Rolla Public Schools for nine years. Prior to that, I was a coach of multiple sports and physical education teacher at Buffalo High School for nine years. I am fortunate to have six nieces and nephews ranging from the ages of 18 months to 16 years old, which are the centerpieces of my life. In my free time I enjoy anything outdoors, spending time at the lake, and spending time with family and friends. I’m excited to continue to impact our Willard students alongside a dedicated staff. Every member of our Willard team plays a crucial role in supporting students in their educational success. I’m proud to lead an operations team that ensures the safety, well-being, and opportunity for students to learn each day.
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