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Our Team

The Queen City CAPS team includes skilled professionals with varied experience. They provide guidance and hands on learning through collaborations with industry partners.

Gavin Jones

Business & Entrepreneurship Instructor

Gavin Jones is a 2017 Smith-Cotton graduate who will be starting his teaching career with the CAPS program. Mr. Jones has taken on different professions since graduating including playing professional baseball and working in real estate. He is passionate about the growth of Sedalia and is excited about the opportunity to help students achieve their goals through the CAPS program. He believes that the program will be beneficial to both businesses and students in improving the awareness of what our local community offers. He graduated with his Associate of Arts degree from State Fair Community College and earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Columbia College. Mr. Jones enjoys playing various sports and working on home projects in his free time.

Mindy Gray

Digital Media & Technology Instructor

Mindy Gray has been teaching since 2005 and has been with the Sedalia 200 School District since 2022. This year she will be the Digital Media and Technology CAPS instructor as well as teaching Digital Media & Technology I, Digital Media & Technology II, and Tiger Productions. She received her teaching degree from UMKC. Mrs. Gray also received her Master's in Technology as well as a Master's in Curriculum from William Woods University. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their 2 boys. Some of their favorite memories are at the lake or the beach.

Amanda Harvey

Engineering & Manufacturing Instructor

Amanda Harvey started in education in 2007 as a business education teacher. She is excited to be a part of the CAPS program and is passionate about helping students discover a path to pursue after high school. As a teacher at Smith-Cotton High School, she helped develop and coordinate the FIT (Forty-hour Internship Tryout) program and served as a Specialist for the Jobs for America’s Graduates program. Mrs. Harvey looks forward to continuing work with business and industry professionals in the Sedalia community. She believes such relationships are mutually beneficial for our students and local employers.


Anna Singer

Medicine & Healthcare Instructor

Anna Singer started at Smith-Cotton High School in 2018 and has taught since 2008. She has most recently taught biomedical courses at the high school level and has been the advisor for HOSA-Future Health Professionals. She is excited to help CAPS students make connections between their interests and specific career paths that align with their passions. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Agbusiness Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Central Missouri, and an Education Specialist degree from William Woods University. In her spare time, Mrs. Singer enjoys spending time outdoors and camping with her family.

Alicia Maggert

Communications Coordinator

Alicia Maggert started her teaching career in 2007 at Smith-Cotton High School. Her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations prior to teaching began her love of all things communication. Her high school advisor told her that she could "talk to a brick wall and it would talk back." After working in a cubicle for two years, Ms. Maggert knew that she belonged in the classroom. Her experience at Smith-Cotton has included yearbook, journalism, speech and debate, future teachers, and English Language Arts. Her excitement about all things communication will continue to aid students in becoming well-rounded, influential members of our society.

Ms. Maggert also received a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Central Missouri and an Education Specialist degree in Superintendency from William Woods University. She loves to talk about education and continues to be invested in being a life-long learner. Ms. Maggert looks forward to inspiring students and the community through this innovative CAPS program.


Michael Wright

Queen City CAPS Director

Michael Wright began his education career with Smith-Cotton High School in 2011. Throughout his tenure as an engineering instructor, he developed the engineering department and started Team SCREAM Robotics, which has expanded students’ enthusiasm for STEM. As the director of Queen City CAPS, he is enthusiastic about fostering collaboration among instructors and community partners to deliver a world-class professional-based learning experience for students. Michael holds a Bachelors degree in Construction Management and a Master’s degree in Career and Technology Education Leadership from the University of Central Missouri. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing his passion for the outdoors as an avid duck hunter.

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