1991-1999 West Plains High School - Math Teacher/Coach
1999-2002 Bakersfield, MO High School Principal2002-2009 West Plains High School Assistant Principal2009-2012 West Plains High School Principal2012-Present South Central Career Center Director
Mr. Jim Laughary
South Central Career Center407 W. ThornburghWest Plains, MO
Phone: (417) 256-6152
Best Time to Reach Me: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
I was born on November 2, 1967 in Denver, CO. My family lived in many states while I was young, including Colorado, California, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Missouri before moving to Apache, Oklahoma in my elementary years. I graduated from Apache High School in 1986. My undergraduate study was completed at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, with a BA in Math Education in 1991. I earned a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Missouri State University in 1997 and a Specialist Degree from MSU in Education Administration in 2006. In 2012 I completed the necessary coursework for Career Education Director at the University of Central Missouri.The 2018-19 school year marks my 25th year with West Plains Public Schools, and my 28th year in education. This is also my 20th year in school administration.I am an active member of the Brandsville church of Christ, where I serve as a Deacon, Bible Class Teacher, Song Leader and Treasurer and I also work with the Youth of the congregation. The summer of 2018 marked my 48th and 49th sessions working with Crowley's Ridge Youth Camp as a Session Director and/or counselor since 1993.In addition, I consider it a privilege to have served as a member of the West Plains Home Rule Charter Commission in 2013-14, with the West Plains Home Rule Charter passing overwhelmingly in April, 2014. I am also a member of the West Plains Civic Center Board and the Ridge Retreat and Adventure Center/Crowley's Ridge Youth Camp Board of Directors.Outside of church, family, friends, and school, I am a huge college football fan, especially the Oklahoma Sooners!I am married and have four children, ages 13, 17, 19, and 23 with all four being students or alumni of West Plains Schools.
- Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education
- Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators
- Association of Career and Technical Education
* Career Education Director* 9-12 Principal* 7-12 Mathematics