Shull Early Learning Center

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Front row, from left: Deanna Dawson, Kim York, Maria Davies, Ruth Johnson, Allison Scott, Mary Shatford, Don Shull, Dr. Michelle Hofmann, and Sarah Pettengill. In the back row: Leo Anderson, Matt Hocker, Susan Edmonsond, Kim Bailey, Ryan Wescoat, Pam Steele, Larry Dobson, Scott Dobson, Laura Monsees, Dr. Kari Monsees, and Dr. Bryan Pettengill.

District dedicates Shull Early Learning Center

On Aug. 17, the District dedicated the Shull Early Learning Center. The event began with a welcome by Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, who introduced past and present School Board members, and retired Superintendent Don Shull, the school's namesake. 

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Dr. Monsees told about the District's expansion of early childhood programs at the Shull school. Following his comments, guests were invited to tour the school. The featured highlight was the playground, made possible in part by donations from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and the Peculiar Charitable Foundation.

At the annual Gala fundraiser of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, attendees donated $9,250 toward extra equipment for the Shull playground. Those donors are: Aly Abdelgawad, Leo Anderson, Rep. Jack Bondon, Allison Bruflat, Nathan Dawson, Larry Dial, 

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Larry Dobson, Scott Dobson, Sen. Ed Emery, Ross Galbraith, Jean Gelsinger, Matt Hocker, Michelle Hofmann, Melinda Houdyshell, Ruth Johnson, Bill Lowe, Missy Mattingly, Stephen Miller, Laura Monsees, Dick Morris, Steve Pearce, Bryan Pettengill, Marcia Rangel, Allison Scott, Linda Sharp, and Phil Vandeusen.

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The Peculiar Charitable Foundation donated $23,000 for the shade structure on the playground. The Foundation Board includes Mary Dobson, president; Lauren Dobson Peter, vice president; Larry Dobson, secretary; Tom Peter, Scott Dobson, and Becca Dobson, members; and Sharon Shores, trustee.

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Dr. Monsees thanked the design team of incite Design Studio and Henderson Engineers, and Wilcott Construction, the contractor on the project.

Dr. Monsees also gave special thanks to these District staff members: Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services; Jay Harris, former assistant superintendent; Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Director of Elementary Education; Mary Shatford, Director of Shull Early Learning Center; Luke Swartwood, Panther Pride Child Care Coordinator; and Scott Dobson, Maintenance Supervisor.


Shull Early Learning Center is located at 11706 E. 211th St., Peculiar.

Call 816-892-1210 for more information.

View presentation about proposed Early Learning program, including an introduction to staff
Parent Information Sheet

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Shull Early Learning offers programs by highly qualified staff. Shull will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents provide transportation. 

  • Full-day coverage is 10 hours per day with a breakfast/lunch option available and two snacks provided. 
  • Morning half-day coverage is 6 hours, from 6 a.m. to noon, which includes the 8 to 11:15 a.m. class. Breakfast/lunch option is available. One snack provided. 
  • Afternoon half-day coverage is 6 hours, from noon to 6 p.m., which includes the noon to 3:15 p.m. afternoon class time. A lunch option is available. One snack provided.

Early Learning programs



  • The Early Childhood classroom provides pre-kindergarten instruction 5 days per week for students the year before they enter kindergarten. 
  • The Early Childhood blended classroom (limited availability) provides instruction 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday. Peer models are in the classroom with special needs students.
  • Early Childhood Special Education meets the needs of young children with developmental delays.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers offers home visits and related services for families beginning before birth.
Parents as Teachers