David Baker

David Baker

​(417)473-6101 Ext. 1001

Dr. David Baker grew up in Papillion-LaVista, a suburb of Omaha, NE. He moved and graduated from West Nodaway R-I High School in Burlington Junction, MO. He attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and graduated in 2007 with his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. He earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Doane University in 2015 and his Educational Doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University in 2021.

The 2023-24 school year will be Dr. Baker's 16th year in Education. In his first nine years, he served as a social studies teacher, dean of students, head football coach, head wrestling coach, and head boys track and field coach for Westside Community Schools in Omaha, NE. In 2017, he moved back to Missouri and transitioned into an administrative role at Sparta Middle School as the Principal. In 2022, he accepted the High School Principal position with Pleasant Hope School District. Also, while at Pleasant Hope, Dr. Baker served as the head football coach.

Dr. Baker and his wife, Taylor, welcomed their first daughter, Clarke. Another daughter is due in October. Taylor is a volleyball coach for the Tamales Volleyball Club and a teacher. They also have two yellow labs, Samantha and Patton.

During his downtime, Dr. Baker enjoys running and recently completed his second half marathon in November 2022. He love sports but is passionate about football, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Cincinnati Bengals.

Samm Ravens

Samm Ravens

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Director
​(417)473-6101 Ext. 1003

Mrs. Ravens moved to Southwest Missouri in 2009 to attend Missouri State University. She graduated in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in English and, again in 2018, a master’s degree in Secondary Administration. Mrs. Ravens is working on her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri Columbia.

Mrs. Ravens strongly believes in the power of learning and the positive impact school can have on a child’s life; she is excited to be a part of the Cardinal team!

lori allen

Lori Allen

Elementary Principal

​(417)473-6101 Extension 1007

Lori Allen has served as the PK-5 Principal since 2015.

Lori received her Bachelor's of Elementary Education from Missouri State University and began her teaching career at Marshfield Junior High. She continued her education and received a Master's Degree in Administration from William Woods University. After 13 years in the classroom, she took on the principal's role in Niangua. Lori recently completed the Missouri Leadership Academy and continues to learn and grow.

Clint Gazette

Clint Gazette

6-12 Principal
(417)473-6101 Extension 1005

Clint Gazette is the JH and HS Principal.

Clint received a Bachelor's Degree in Education and History from Drury University and began his teaching career in Ava, Missouri. Clint has coached multiple sports including girls basketball, girls softball and cross county. Clint continued his education with a Master's in Education Administration from Missouri State University.  He joined Niangua in 2015 and is beginning his 20th year in education.