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

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Camdenton High School in 2008, but spent much of her life in Laquey. She started her education at Ozarks Technical Community College and then transferred to Drury University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Mrs. Johnson then accepted a teaching job at Dixon High School, where she taught Biological Sciences for 7 years. During this time, Mrs. Johnson obtained a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master in Educational Administration.
Mrs. Johnson developed a passion for leadership through her roles in Dixon: she was an afterschool administrator, building and district Leadership Team member, and a member of their Aspiring Administrator program. In these roles, Mrs. Johnson focused on intervention programming and improving instructional practices, as well as increasing community and school partnerships.
Mrs. Johnson and her husband, Jason, love spending their time outdoors with their 4-year-old daughter Renleigh. Much of their summertime is spent in their backyard, where they enjoy swimming and kayaking the river.
Mrs. Johnson is constantly looking for ways to grow and help those around her grow as well. She is excited to work with Plato R-V team to continue the growth they have started to ensure our students’ success.

Student Services Principal

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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January 2022
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