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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 24, 2014

Horace Mann Laboratory School welcomes new principal, invites enrollment for 2014-2015

Sandy Seipel

Sandy Seipel

Preparations are underway for a new school year at Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School with a new principal and a new logo designed by Northwest students.

Sandy Seipel, a Northwest alumna and veteran educator, recently was named principal of Horace Mann. She comes to the school from the Albany R-III School District where she had served as principal of pre-kindergarten through fifth grade since 2008.

Seipel also worked in the Northeast Nodaway R-V School District for 22 years, serving from 2006 to 2008 as principal for grades seven through 12 and as the district’s curriculum coordinator. She also taught preschool, early childhood special education kindergarten, grades four and five, and was the district’s parents as teacher coordinator.

Additionally, she served as an adjunct instructor at Northwest during summer 2011, teaching graduate level courses in elementary and secondary curriculum design.

Seipel owns three degrees from Northwest, having earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and early childhood education, a Master of Science in education and a specialist in education degree.

Seipel belongs to several professional organizations, including the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, Missouri Professional Learning Communities, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Northwest District Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals for which she served as president during 2013-14. Seipel also was nominated this year for Missouri Distinguished Principal of the Year.  


New look

Horace Mann also has renewed its branding and marketing efforts with the help of research conducted last spring by students in Knacktive, Northwest’s integrated digital marketing communications agency.

Student comprising four teams presented their research last spring to Horace Mann administrators and parents and offered suggestions that included increased use of technology and social media to enhance communication with parents and a new logo.

The new shield logo – with the tagline “A higher education begins here” – consists of three shades of green. Each shade represents a key stakeholder in the Horace Mann community: parents, Horace Mann students and Northwest students.


Enrollment information

Horace Mann is now enrolling children for its 2014-2015 school year, and tuition assistance is available to eligible applicants.

Parents may enroll their children online as well as apply for tuition assistance by visiting the Horace Mann office, located in Room 140 on the first floor of Everett Brown Education Hall. The building is centrally located on the Northwest campus, west of the J.W. Jones Student Union, and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Horace Mann places an emphasis on innovative and interactive teaching practices accompanied with individualized instruction by dedicated and caring faculty as well as staff and administrators. While the laboratory school benefits from Northwest programs and activities, the school’s teachers also incorporate state-of-the-art technology into students’ learning.

As a laboratory school, Horace Mann also is a clinical teaching environment for students in Northwest’s Department of Professional Education. The relationship between master teachers, practicum teachers and graduate assistants allows Horace Mann students to reap the benefits of low student-to-teacher ratio in classrooms that implement innovative teaching practices and provide learning experiences designed to stimulate each child's creative learning abilities and problem-solving skills.

Offering a core curriculum and working in concert with the University, Horace Mann offers unique learning opportunities for its students that have included guitar lessons, the study of robotics, lessons about crops and animals at the University farm, and Spanish and sign language lessons. Students from multiple countries also add to the school’s diverse atmosphere. 

“Horace Mann is truly a unique educational environment with individualized instruction, and we work to educate the whole child,” Seipel said. “With the unique environment, we strive to help every child find his or her talents.”

Horace Mann offers a traditional nine-month academic calendar for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are offered in the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families in Brown Hall. The school day is 7:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. August through May. After-school care, known as Bearcat Club, also is available.

Parents of students are encouraged to participate in their child's progress every step of the way. In addition to classroom blogs and activities throughout the year, parent involvement opportunities include a parent advisory council, a Thanksgiving dinner, field trips and an adopt-a-family program. Horace Mann and the Leet Center will host a back-to-school picnic for students and families from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the circle drive west of Brown Hall.  

For more information about Horace Mann, visit Interested parents may also contact Seipel by phone at 660.562.1234 or by email at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468