Work Team

HOPE SICKMEIER:  GARDEN EDUCATOR - Southern Boone SChool DIstrict Employee

My name is Hope Sickmeier and I am the Learning Garden educator at Southern Boone County Primary/Elementary.  This is my 17th year in this district and my second year as the garden educator.  I absolutely love being in the garden and my goal is to foster that feeling in my students!

I have a Bachelor of Science in education from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Science degree in elementary administration from William Woods University.  Ashland has become my home and I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful community!  I have two amazing sons and four fantastic grandkids!  I love to do walk-races in my free time and to date, I’ve completed 20 races.  I love being an Eagle and look forward to the best school year yet!



amy collette - accounting manager (independent contractor)


As Accounting Manager, Amy Collette focuses on the financial data for the Garden. She received her BSBA degree in accounting, obtained her CPA license, and has over 20 years of experience serving accounting & bookkeeping clients. The financial skills are what she currently brings to the Garden, but she developed a passion for the Garden’s mission several years ago as a parent volunteer helping with programs & activities. A developing home-gardener herself, Amy believes strongly in the mission & vision of bringing outdoor, hands-on learning to students & helping them to develop healthier habits for life.

Jackie Casteel - GARDEN EDUCATOR (2018-19 AMERICORPS Member, Missouri healthy food americorps project)


Jackie Casteel is a Southern Boone County native, non profit coordinator and volunteering enthusiast with nearly 20 years of professional from-scratch cooking experience. I’ve learned that the healthiest and tastiest foods come fresh from the garden, so I am thrilled to be part of the outdoor nutrition education with the Southern Boone School District and the Missouri Healthy Food AmeriCorps Program. Sharing the experience of growing our food from seed to harvest with elementary and primary students will ensure years of good eating habits and reduce childhood obesity in our community. Other interests include organic farming, Black Sheep Women’s Rugby, and playing my favorite folk and acoustic artists every 2nd & 4th Sunday from 9-noon on KOPN Community Radio.

To contact Jackie about Learning Garden classes at the primary and elementary or After School Garden Club, please email her at