Assistant Principals

Mr. Chris Early

Mr. Chris Early

Mr. Early started his career in education in 1998 as a middle school English teacher in the Gower C-1 School District. In 2000, he moved to the Saint Joseph School District and taught English at Benton High School before moving to Lafayette High School in 2003, where he taught English, gifted humanities, and ACT prep until 2013. From 2013 to 2018, he served as an instructional coach, vice principal, and principal at Lafayette High School.

Mr. Early has his certification in gifted education through the University of Missouri, his masters in Educational Leadership through Northwest Missouri State University, and he is currently working on his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis through the University of Missouri and Northwest Missouri State University. 

A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Mr. Early has recently relocated to Platte County. He and his wife Tina love spending time with their three children, Morgan, Zachary, and Andrew, and their grandson, Harper.


Keelie Stucker

Mrs. Keelie Stucker

Mrs. Keelie Stucker is beginning her twenty-second year in education, and her first year as Plaza’s assistant principal. She joined the Park Hill School District in 2016 as an assistant principal at Congress Middle School. Before joining Park Hill, Mrs. Stucker was the assistant principal at Excelsior Springs Middle School for six years and was honored as the 2014-15 GKCMPA Assistant Principal of the Year. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Stucker taught fourteen years in the classroom, serving as a band director in Cole Camp, Holden and Excelsior Springs. 

Mrs. Stucker earned a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in 2008, an Educational Specialist Degree in Superintendency from Northwest Missouri State University in 2010 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Williams Woods University.

Mrs. Stucker is a native of Mountain Grove, Missouri. She resides in Kansas City with her husband Marcus and their two sons, Logan and Cameron.