The Lebanon community is mourning the loss of Joel E. Barber School District Principal Amy Cogdill. According to a press release from the school district, Amy Cogdill, principal of Joel E. Barber School, passed away Wednesday from complications due to cancer. Superintendent Rachelle Jennings said, “Mrs. Cogdill was an integral part of our school family and a leader who the entire Laclede County C-5 District will miss. District counselors will be available to aid students and staff members.

Cogdill has been the Principal at Joel E. Barber C-5 school since June 2019 and previously worked in the Waynesville School District. She began her teaching career in 2003 after graduating from Drury University in Springfield with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She continued her education at Southwest Baptist University, obtaining her Master of Science in 2006 and her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2009.

Cogdill is survived by her husband, Dax, and three children, along with her parents, Gill and Kim Willett of Lebanon.