Richwoods R-VII School District
Partnering to Achieve Wildcat Success
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Meet our Superintendent

Dear Richwoods R-VII Community, 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself as the superintendent here at Richwoods R-VII School District. It's my pleasure to serve this learning community, where we are all dedicated to the same thing—your child’s education. 

One of the best things about my job is that I have the opportunity to get to know so many of the wonderful parents, students, and community members here in Richwoods. I’m equally pleased for the chance to tell you a little about myself! In 1998, I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Methodist University. I went on to earn two master’s degrees in 2006 and 2011, the first in counselor education from Missouri Baptist University and the second in education from Southeast Missouri State University. I also hold a specialist degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University. I was very honored to receive the High School Counselor of the Year award in 2009 and 2010. I’m so pleased that my background as an educator has led me to the opportunity to serve as your superintendent.

One of my favorite quotes is by C.S. Lewis—”You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” The idea of new goals and dreams drives me to do my best every day, and to pass that love of lifelong learning on to the children of our community. 

Together, our administrative team, faculty, and staff put an extraordinary amount of time and effort into making sure your children’s needs come first. Parent involvement and strong communication between school and home is a priority here at Richwoods R-VII, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns. My door is always open.


Bethany Deal

Bethany Deal, Ed.S.
Superintendent, Richwoods R-VII School District