Elementary School

Home of the Eaglets


Our Mission statement defines who we are and what we do.

Create, motivate, and educate lifelong learners…everyone, every day!


Our Vision statement reflects our aspirations of who we want to be.

Uniting to engage, prepare and empower 21st Century problem solvers.


Our Collective Commitments define our culture, how we act, speak, and engage with our students parents, and colleagues.

  • We will communicate and collaborate with integrity.

  • We will have high expectations.

  • We will promote school spirit.

  • We will put students first.

  • We will celebrate.



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Veronica Vergara, Elementary Principal Plato R-V School District

Veronica Vergara is the Elementary Principal of the Plato R-V School District, which serves over 300 students. She began her tenure at Plato on July 1, 2017.

Since coming to the Plato School District Ms. Vergara’s focus has been to build upon the current mission Everyone Learning, Everyday. Over the past year an emphasis has been put into building a trusting culture, educating staff members, and providing resources needed to engage students in meaningful learning experiences.  Ms. Vergara leads the Elementary school in efforts to ensure all students are prepared for tomorrow by providing engaging, relevant and personalized educational experiences.


Ms. Vergara’s previous professional experience includes serving five years in the Waynesville R-VI School District as a special education teacher, 4th Grade teacher, district level teacher leader, PLC facilitator, and Assistant Afterschool Program Director.  


Ms. Vergara is a 2012 graduate of Drury University with a degree in Elementary Education. She obtained her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014 and Specialist in educational administration from Lindenwood University in 2017.

Ms. Vergara and her two daughters Schay 17, and Jena 16 reside in Waynesville with their two furry friends Archie (miniature schnauzer)  and Buttercuff (sheltie).