Teaching Experience

  • 1991-1999     West Plains High School - Math Teacher/Coach

Administrative Experience

  • 1999-2002      Bakersfield, MO High School Principal

    2002-2009      West Plains High School Assistant Principal
    2009-2012      West Plains High School Principal
    2012-Present   South Central Career Center Director
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  • Mr. Jim Laughary
    South Central Career Center
    407 W. Thornburgh
    West 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 from the University of Central Missouri.
    The 2021-22 school year marks my 28th year with West Plains Public Schools, and my 31st year in education.  This is also my 23rd 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.  
    I am 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 16, 20, 22, and 26, plus our 9-year old nephew, with our four oldest being students or alumni of West Plains High School. 

Professional Memberships

    • Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education
    • Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators
    • Association of Career and Technical Education

Professional Certifications

  • *   Career Education Director
    *   9-12 Principal
    *   7-12 Mathematics