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JoAnn Craighead

JoAnn Craighead

I have been a para for 19 years, in which I have worked with elementary, middle school, and high school students. I have worked in Special Education and more recently as a Title I para in the intermediate school, and have greatly enjoyed working with my students and coworkers. This is my second year at Flint Hills and I am loving it. The staff, students, parents, and community are amazing and I am looking forward to another Mustang year.  I love to help students experience the joy of learning and to believe in themselves. I am also a substitute for the district, so I get to see the students in preschool through high school. 


My husband, John, and I have been married for 35 years. He is a pastor in Eureka, KS but you can often see him driving the Flint Hills activity bus, as well as substituting in the classroom and on bus routes. You can also see one or both of us at many the games or other events. Our son and daughter are each married with two children. Our son's family lives in Missouri and our daughter's family is currently in Virginia with the Coast Guard. We cherish the times we can see our children and grandchildren. We have 7 chickens and a cat. They keep us entertained. We love having farm fresh eggs, too.




When I am not working at the school, I am working with the children at Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Eureka as the Director of Children's Ministry. John and I love spending time together, so if one of us has someplace to be, we love to do it together. The exception is when we have separate activities going on at the same time. We have had many adventures together.


That is me, in a nutshell and I am super excited to see everyone this year. Go Mustangs!



My contact information is:

email: j.craighead@usd492.org 

cell:    620-583-9664




Employee of the Month, April 2022

Friends of Special Education, April 2012

Classified Personnel of the Year Recognition Award, April 2006




Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

Liberal Arts, Associates Degree, August 2010 to December 2012


Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO

Music Ministries, Fall 1986 to Spring 1987


Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK

Elementary Education, Fall 1984 to Spring 1986


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member

Fall 2011 to December 2012


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(coming soon)