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About Me

This will be my 12th year of being a Special Education Resource Teacher. I began as a Trailblazer many years ago, as Lewis and Clark was my childhood elementary school. After graduating with a Special Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997 I moved back to Liberty and began my teaching career. Since 1997, I have taught in Missouri for 7 years, Kansas for 3 years, stayed at home with my children when they were younger, was a substitute teacher in regular and special education classrooms for LPS and tutored children out of my home. My husband, Jami, and I have 2 children; Alan (13 years old, 8th grader at LMS) and Adeline (5th grader at LC). During my free time, I love reading, running, serving at my church, spending time outside on a beautiful day, eating anything sweet, spending time with my husband and children, as well as extended family and close friends.

Ashley Shipman


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Quest?

Quest is a special program at Lewis and Clark Elementary School where students Question, Understand, Explore, Solve and Think.  It is a place where all students can learn!  The name “Quest” is simply just a name to replace “Resource Room”, “Special Education” or “Sped”.  


Why the name change?

Sometimes, the name Special Education has a negative feel to it.  The Lewis and Clark Quest team wanted to change the negative feeling to a positive one.  We believe Quest is a wonderful opportunity for students to reach their highest potential.  


What will my child do in the Quest rooms?

Your child will question, understand, explore, solve, think and a whole lot more!  The Quest teachers and Quest para-professionals will follow your child’s IEP as discussed in the IEP meeting.  For some students that will be in the regular education classroom with support from one of our Quest team members.  For others it may be a small group or one-on-one instruction in one of the Quest room with a Quest team member.  


When will I meet with my child’s Quest case manager?  

Every year the IEP team will meet for an annual review of your child’s IEP.  At this meeting, we will be discussing and updating the IEP.  If you feel that the IEP team needs to meet before the annual review, please contact your child’s case manager to schedule it. Please be looking for a IEP Notice of Meeting to be sent home during the first quarter.  If you have a special request for a specific day or time, please let your child’s case manager know.


During Conferences (October and February), we do our best to stop by each of the conferences.  The classroom teacher is in charge of this meeting and the primary focus will be celebrating your child’s success in the regular education classroom.  


When will my child go to the Quest classrooms?

For every student, their schedule will be different.  Just as their IEP is unique to them and extremely individualized, so is their schedule.  The Quest teachers look at the IEP minutes and the regular education classroom schedule.  Together, we come up with a schedule that allows your child to be in the classroom during the most important instructional times.  Your child will never miss Specials (P.E., Art, Music, LMC), lunch or recess due to their Quest schedule.  Please contact your child’s case manager if you would like to know the specific times your child will be in the Quest room.

Introducing the 2016-17 Quest team!

About the rest of the QUEST team

Kelly Shomin, resource-

This is my 5th year teaching Special Education at Lewis and Clark.  Prior to LC I worked at Liberty Oaks as a classroom teacher in 3rd and 1st grades.  Before working in Liberty, I taught in KCMO as a 1st grade teacher for 3 years.  I love to learn and figure out how others learn!  It is so fascinating! My family includes my husband, our sons Jacob and Matthew, and our dog, Champ!  Our boys are into sports and we spend a lot of our time cheering them on!  I love to read, write, create, take photographs, bake and cook, and be with friends and family. I love challenges, problem-solving, and thinking outside of the box!


Melinda Knapp, para-

This is my second year as Paraprofessional at LC!  Prior to this position, I was blessed to be a  Professional Stay at Home Mother to my two boys, Mikhai and Cruz.  I have been married to my husband, Danny for 9 wonderful years and counting!  I enjoy spending time with my family, playing UNO, mowing the lawn, Crossfiting, relaxing and loving life!  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the kiddos here at LC and I am thankful for such a great team of people around me!


Johnna Thomas, para-

This is my first year as a paraprofessional at Lewis and Clark! I am really excited to be working here and working with your students! I grew up in liberty and graduated from Liberty High School in 2014. I then went on to pursue my degree in education from William Jewell College, but later transfered to the University of Central Missouri upon marrying my husband. Prior to this position I worked for Liberty Public Schools in their Kids Zone program. My husband, Eli, and I have been married for two months and we have two cats, Carson and Cheetah, and a dog, Ginger. Fun fact -Carson doesn’t have a tail! When I am not at work I enjoy going rock climbing, traveling, and loving my life and all the things I have been blessed with! I’m looking forward get to working with all of the kids this year and to work with the amazing Quest team that we have here at LC!


Michelle Jones, SLP



  • Liberty Public Schools-Special Education Department


  • Department of Education -Special Education Department





  • Sugar-free gum (bubblegum flavor)
  • Individually wrapped candy (Starburst, Dum Dum suckers, Blow Pop suckers, Jolly Ranchers, Smarties) 
  • Stickers
  • Gift cards to Target 
  • Gift cards to IKEA 
  • Ziplock bags (Sandwich, Quart or Gallon sized)
  • Gently used board games 
  • Fidgets (small stuffed animals, stress balls, etc.)





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