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Terri Kemna

NHS Varsity Girls Track and Field Head Coach

Terri Kemna is an esteemed educator with an impressive 29-year career in education, dedicating 26 of those years to the Neosho School District. She holds a degree in Earth Science Education with a Geology Minor from Northwest Missouri State.

Terri's passion for education is grounded in the belief that few things in life are more important than learning. She is driven by her love for helping young people and her appreciation for science and sports.

Interacting with students is what Terri enjoys most about education, fostering connections that have a positive impact on their lives.

Terri's coaching journey spans about 23 years, covering a range of sports such as track, volleyball, basketball, and soccer at junior high and high school levels. An integral part of the Neosho School District, she has coached for 20 years within the district.

Her favorite aspect of coaching is witnessing athletes achieve goals they once believed were beyond their reach.

Terri's coaching philosophy revolves around instilling the values of hard work, enjoyment, and good citizenship in her athletes.

In recognition of her dedication, Terri received the Certified Employee of the Month award in September 2018 and the Joplin Globe/MSSU Distinguished Educator Award in 2012.

Beyond her educational and coaching roles, Terri's adventurous spirit has taken her to 33 of the 63 national parks, reflecting her love for exploration and the great outdoors.

With a coaching legacy spanning back to 1998, Terri has proudly mentored numerous athletes, both girls and boys, and holds fond memories of their successes.