Principal's Corner

Our Administrators

Brooke Kelly - Principal

Principal: Brooke Kelly

Welcome to Veterans Elementary! I'm Brooke Kelly and I am proud to be a part of the Veterans Elementary team serving as principal.  

This begins my eleventh year as principal at  Veterans and my twenty-fourth year in education. Prior to Veterans, I served as Assistant Principal at Hannibal Middle school.  I began as a special education teacher at the elementary level.   I received my undergraduate from Northwest Missouri State University and my Masters of Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. Most recently, I completed a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Williams Woods University.   

I look forward to continuing to serve the Veterans community as well as the larger Pirate family!  I look forward to working with each of you and your children.  

Rich Pugh - Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal: Richard Pugh

Welcome to Veterans Elementary!  My name is Richard Pugh and I am eager and elated to be working with your students!

This is my second year as assistant principal at Veterans Elementary.  I have been an administrator for 11 years.  I have worked with students at the residential, public school, and community college level for 26 years as a counselor, teacher, administrator, and a GED instructor.  I received my undergraduate degree at Culver-Stockton College and my Masters in special education from Quincy University.  I also received certifications in school administration and director of special education from Quincy University.

I am looking forward to working with the Veterans community and the entire Pirate Family!

Our Newsletter

Welcome Back!

I welcome our new and returning families to our Veterans community!  There is a leader within every child that walks through the doors at Veterans Elementary.  It’s our mission to support the development of your child’s social, emotional and cognitive well being.  The teachers and staff at Veterans are committed to creating a positive, engaging learning environment where every student experiences high academic growth.  


Meet the Teacher: Monday, August 23, 4:30-6:00.  This includes 1st-5th grade students (including Mrs. Edge’s class).  Your child can bring his/her school supplies and meet their teacher.  

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 25.  Our doors open at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is served daily from 7:40-8:30 a.m. 


For updated information, please view our recently updated school website.  Go to or visit the district page (, select schools, then Veterans Elementary.    In addition, our school Facebook page will keep you updated on important information.   

I look forward to kicking off this school year and connecting with you all soon!


Brooke Kelly, Principal  

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