RICHLAND, Missouri- Dr. Pamela Dawson from Lebanon has resigned as Jr/Sr High Principal from the Richland R-IV School District. She has held that position since 2016 following receiving her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from William Woods University in 2015. She issued the following statement today:

“It was with many prayers, tears and a great deal of contemplation that I requested from the Richland School Board to be released from my contract as Principal and Special Services Director. This past year has taken a toll on my physical health, and it is time I begin to listen to my body. I have a very young family and feel that I need to begin to focus on them during these impressionable years and take care of myself a little better.

I understand the position this put the district in, and had struggled with this decision for that reason alone. I love the students and community of Richland, and I want to see it continue to grow and prosper. I work with the most amazing staff ever, and will truly miss my Richland family. My prayers are for a leader you will love!

I had an opportunity to get back to special education in Lebanon where I live come about in March. I finally received peace about letting go of Richland (though a very hard and emotional decision.) I believe that this is where my strengths are, and I know I will be doing what makes my heart happy (so it will quit acting up). I am excited to be the Director of Special Education for the new Great Circle School opening in August. I appreciate the understanding of my family decision, and am thankful for the district putting faith in me to gain the experience that I have while at the Richland R-IV School District. I will cherish the many memories that I have made while serving as a leader for the last three years.

I wish the Richland Community the best this summer. Don’t ever hesitate to call me if you have a need. I will always have a special place in my heart for the Richland Bears. “