Abby Mayer Academic Director

Abby was born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri. She attended Central Methodist College and graduated with a degree in History and Political Science with an emphasis in education. She married her college sweetheart, Morgan, and together they have 4 little girls; Scout, and Molly, and twins Kinley and Reagan. Abby's mother was a teacher and some of her earliest memories are going to school in the summer with her mother and helping to set up her classrooms. Throughout her life, she has always wanted to be a teacher and has most enjoyed working with with challenging students and those with special needs. Abby has been at CALO since September of 2008 and has loved all the opportunities that she has been blessed with.


Cindy Banner, MS Counseling, MSE Learning Disabilities, BA Special Education Preteen Teacher

I come to CALO with 31 years of educational experience. Prior to my recent retirement, I have worked as a teacher and counselor in Sedalia, Missouri. My husband, John, and I have relocated to the Lake area and are excited to enjoy our new adventures. We have two children, Nick who works as an architect and Jessica who attends college and is a fitness instructor. I am very excited to join the CALO community. I believe in the CALO model and am proud to be a part of healing and restoring joy to our students and their families.


Ryan Chester, BS Ed./ MS Ed. Teacher

I will be teaching Social Studies and Language Arts on CALO's Pre-Teen campus. I'm originally from Michigan, however I grew up an Army "Brat," so I had the privilege of living in many different states and countries. I graduated High School in Waynesville, Missouri and received my BS in Social Studies and Secondary Education at the University of Central Missouri. I taught Middle School Social studies for seven years and coached wrestling for twelve years. I have an amazing wife and 3 wonderful children. My hobbies include: martial arts, swimming, traveling, and spending family time.


Holley Smothers, BS, M.Ed., NBCT Intermediate Art & Physical Education Teacher

Holley grew up in Columbia, MO. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Education at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Her certification is K-12 Art and Physical Education. From Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO Holley earned her Master's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She continued to take classes and has over 32 hours of graduate credit past her Master's degree. In 2004 Holley became a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood - Art. In 2014 she re-certified. Holley has taught K - 12 Art, middle school Health, and College Physical Education. The last 22 years of her teaching career she taught Art and Health at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, MO. Holley has been recognized for her work with students and has been awarded the following educational awards: 2004 Missouri Middle School Association's Central Region Teacher of the Year, 2005 Missouri Art Education Association's Middle Level/Junior High Art Educator of the Year, 2006 Missouri Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year, and 2007 National Art Education Association's Western Region Middle Level / Junior High Art Educator of the Year. In May 2015 she retired and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. While looking for a meaningful position outside of Public School Education she found Calo. Holley is excited about the opportunity to work creatively with Calo students as well as to help them work toward their fitness goals.




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I am very glad for the academic structure which can ease my son back into how to behave in a classroom setting on a progressive track. As well as to keep him on track with his high school requirements so that he doesn’t have the added stress of trying to catch up when he returns home."

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