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Highland Primary Early Childhood teachers: 
Dana Bivens, Connie Sparlin and Katie Wiese
 

HI! My name is Ms. Dana and I am one of the Early Childhood teachers here at Highland Primary. My teaching career has offered me opportunities to teach the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Severe/Profound Mentally Impaired and Medically Fragile, as well as Early Childhood. I have enjoyed learning all that these groups of students have taught me. 

I have two beautiful boys that keep me busy when I am not at work. We enjoy spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks and taking small trips. I LOVE to go for long walks (half-marathons) and have an equal appreciation for cheese popcorn and Dt. Dr. Pepper! 

I truly enjoy my “job” teaching the youngest learners in Highland Community Schools!





Email Dana Bivens:  
dbivens@highlandcusd5.org

Hi!  I'm Connie Sparlin and I'm one of the Early Childhood Teachers.  I began teaching Early Childhood at Highland Primary in 1989.  Prior to teaching in Highland, I was an Educational Therapist at Children's Hospital in St. Louis. 

I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and from Southern Illinois University with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

I was born and raised in Highland.  In fact, my current classroom is where I attended Kindergarten!

Young children are truly amazing human beings!  Parents are a child's first and most important teacher and I am excited to have the opportunity to support you in that role!


Email Connie Sparlin:  csparlin@highlandcusd5.org

Katie Weise


Hi! My name is Katie Wiese and I am a Early Childhood teacher. I attended SWIC on a full scholarship for soccer, which still remains one of my passions, and received my Associates Degree there. I then moved on to SIUE where I got my Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and Letter of Approval in Special Education.


I was born and raised in Highland and have always felt like this was home for me, that is why I am so happy to be back at Highland Primary as a teacher! I love watching my students learn and grow through play and exploration.



Email Katie Wiese: kwiese@highlandcusd5.org