Team Members

Charity Carter, Sonya Maxwell, Taryn Whitmore, Emily Haltom, Michelle Baker, Kat Massaglia

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About Our Team


    The Gammon Specials Team includes 2 music teachers, 2 PE teachers, an art teacher, and a librarian.  Gammon students will have 2 music lessons, 2 PE lessons, 1 library lessson, and 1 art lesson each week with these specialists.


    Sonya Maxwell (Music):  Has been a music teacher at Gammon for over 30 years!  She loves Gammon's diverse community and feels lucky to have remained at Gammon for most of her career.  She has bachelor and master's degrees in music education and is ESL endorsed.

    Michelle Baker (Music):  So excited to be serving Gammon Knight students and their families!  It has been a privilege to remain very active with Friends University as a Singing Quaker Alumni Choir President, where I received my Bachelor of Music Education.  After many years of varied teaching experiences, I was able to finish levels 1,2, and 3 of Kodaly certifications, while simultaneously accomplishing a Master of Music Education degree from Wichita State University.  Finally, ESOL certification from Newman University was added to my list of personal educational goals.  MUSIC ROCKS!!!

    Taryn Whitmore (PE):  Has been teaching nine years, mostly at Gammon.  She has a bachelor's degree, is ESL endorsed, and CPR certified. 

    Kat Massaglia (PE):  This is her tenth year of teaching, fourth year at Gammon.  She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in arts and teaching.  She is endorsed in PE.

    Charity Carter (Library):  This is first year at Gammon, but she's been teaching for over 20 years.  She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in educational administration, and she's working on a library media science endorsement.  In her spare time, she likes to teach fitness classes and participate in triathlons.

    Emily Haltom (Art):  Has been teaching 3 years at Gammon. Graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Textile Design and a minor in Art History. Has a Master of Science in Education from Fort Hays State. 

Our Favorite Habit

  • Charity Carter's favorite habit is: Begin with the End in Mind.  "I really like writing lists and making sure that I have everything I need to complete a task before I start working on it."


     Emily Haltom's favorite habit is: Synergize.  "Two heads are better than one!"


    Sonya Maxwell's favorite habit is: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. "Many challenges are solved by seeking first to understand then working to be understood."


    Michelle Baker's favorite habit is:  Put First Things First.  "This is my first year learning about and incorporating the 7 Habits and I am looking forward to this new journey."


    Taryn Whitmore's favorite habit is: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. "If everyone would try to listen to others thoughts, feelings and ideas, then more things would be accomplished and people would feel valued."


     Kat Massaglia's favorite habit is:  Sharpen the Saw. "Taking care of ourselves helps us achieve the other habits."