Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Amanda Cavaness
Amanda M. Cavaness graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pittsburg State University in December of 2004. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Newman University School of Education Outstanding Graduate Award for the ESOL Curriculum & Instruction Program and graduated with Honors with a certificate in building leadership.
"I consider it a privilege to serve the community as the principal of the ELC. I love the Early Learning Center with all my heart and am so proud of what we are able to achieve in partnership with our community. I value our partners and hope that all communities can someday have the opportunity that Coffeyville has. We are able to prepare all children with high quality preschool through development of social emotional skills, academics, physical development, healthy habits, and the ability to learn and grow!!! We are in the business of making dreams come true… one preschool story at a time!!!"
I am very happily married to the love of my life, whom I met in kindergarten! My husband, Josh has been a Firefigter Paramedic for 15 years and starts a new adventure as a Flight Medic this fall. We have 2 children. Our daughter, Audrey, loves ballet and tap dancing and our son, Jefrey loves Minecraft and legos. Audrey and Jefrey both love playing with our puppy Embers.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and I cherish the opportunity to have new experiences together. I also love old movies and jazz music. I would probably not be found in the kitchen cooking!
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right. For you will be criticized anyway." Eleanor Roosevelt.
Degrees and Certifications:
BSE Theatre/Speech MST with ESOL endorsement Certified CLASS observer
Mrs. Samantha Maritt
"My name is Samantha Maritt and I am the assistant director of the Dr. Jerry Hamm Early Learning Center. My passion is serving students and families as they transition from home or childcare to the ELC, and then from the ELC to their next step in education. Not only is the ELC my place of employment, but my son attended school here as well. It is truly a wonderful place to be!"
Samantha is an Altamont native and graduated as class salutatorian in 2006 from Labette County High School. She graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Southern State University in May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in education. In 2016 she graduated with Honors from Pittsburg State University with a master's degree in teaching.
"I started my college career in Coffeyville and met my husband the first day of classes in 2006. After we both completed our undergraduates and got married, we made Coffeyville our home. I'm extremely proud to have started our family here and work for Coffeyville schools!"