Meet our Administration Team

Plato R-V School District is a high achieving, happy, vibrant and forward thinking school in which children excel, both academically and socially.

Plato School is founded on a dedicated staff, talented students, supportive parents, and involved community members. We look forward each year to working together to make it an outstanding one for students and staff.


Kim Hawk photo

Previously Dr. Hawk served as an elementary teacher, special services teacher, principal and central office administrator.   She attended Missouri State University to obtain her Bachelors, Masters, and Specialist degrees before receiving her Doctorate from Lindenwood University.    Dr. Hawk and her family enjoy life in the great outdoors from gardening to fishing and camping they can be found most weekends soaking up the sunshine and enjoying time together by the river.

“It is a privilege to serve as superintendent of the Plato R-V School District where we are committed to working in partnership with students, families and community to provide high quality, comprehensive education designed to enable students to become lifelong learners and productive, informed citizens. By developing positive relationships built on trust and open communication, we work together to provide relevant and rigorous learning opportunities that prepare our students for life after graduation. Thank you for partnering with us to do what is best for kids. We are committed to your child’s success.”

HS/MS Principal

I graduated from Fredericktown High School in 2008 and went to Lindenwood University to play football and start my undergraduate education. After three years, I transferred to Southeast Missouri State University and finished out my degree in secondary education with a high school English certification. My first job was with the Poplar Bluff School District as an English teacher and football coach. While there, I helped lead my department in curriculum changes and the integration of technology. After 2 years with the Poplar Bluff School District, I moved to Lebanon and went to work for the Camdenton School District. At Camdenton, I served as a high school English teacher, after school teacher, after school administrator, high school administration substitute, and athletic supervisor. I was also part of their ongoing technology integration and curriculum development. While at Camdenton, I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia College and plans to pursue his specialist degree in the near future.

I was married to my wife Molly in 2013. Molly is also an education major, and has a love for reading and library science. She is currently a stay at home mom for our two children: Aidan who is 21 months old and Finley who is 3 weeks old.

I grew up in a military family on a small registered Angus farm. My parents are currently in the process of rebuilding their registered herd after primarily raising commercial cattle for the last 10 years, and my wife and I hope to one day build a registered herd of our own out of the several cows we now own.

I am a firm believer in having a team mentality and am excited to join the Plato R-V team and help lead those who lead our children daily in becoming the best possible versions of themselves.

Student Services Principal

My name is Kristie Scrivner, and I am honored and proud to be the Principal of Student Services at Plato R-V. I have been an educator for 17 years. I served as the assistant principal at Cuba Elementary for the past 6 years, taught 4th grade in an eMINTS classroom for 7 years at Steelville Elementary, and was the Computer Lab Instructor and Data and Assessment Coordinator there for one year. Prior to obtaining my teaching degree, I was a Title Reading and Math Aide and Parent Educator in the Gasconade County R-2 School District in Owensville, MO. I love teaching and learning, and have spent a great deal of time as a student as well. I have a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, am certified to teach Elementary Education in grades 1-6, have a Masters of Educational Administration, and an Educational Specialist. When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my family and friends. Most of our summer is spent boating on the river and “glamping” at our lot on the Gasconade River. We also are Cardinal Baseball fans, love motocross, enjoy ATV and Harley rides, and like to do just about anything that takes us outside. I have one daughter, Laurynn, who graduated from Owensville High School in May, and will be heading off to Springfield in the fall to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine. I have a dog named Tess, and a cat named Kitty. I am excited to begin my newest educational journey, and look forward to learning more about your district and meeting each of you. My door is always open, so please stop in and see me!

Elementary Principal

Veronica Vergara Photo

Veronica Vergara is the Elementary Principal of the Plato R-V School District, which serves over 300 students. She began her tenure at Plato on July 1, 2017.

Since coming to the Plato School District Ms. Vergara’s focus has been to build upon the current mission Everyone Learning, Everyday. Over the past year an emphasis has been put into building a trusting culture, educating staff members, and providing resources needed to engage students in meaningful learning experiences.  Ms. Vergara leads the Elementary school in efforts to ensure all students are prepared for tomorrow by providing engaging, relevant and personalized educational experiences.


Ms. Vergara’s previous professional experience includes serving five years in the Waynesville R-VI School District as a special education teacher, 4th Grade teacher, district level teacher leader, PLC facilitator, and Assistant Afterschool Program Director.  


Ms. Vergara is a 2012 graduate of Drury University with a degree in Elementary Education. She obtained her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014 and Specialist in educational administration from Lindenwood University in 2017.

Ms. Vergara and her two daughters Schay 17, and Jena 16 reside in Waynesville with their two furry friends Archie (miniature schnauzer)  and Buttercuff (sheltie).

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