BARNARD, Mo. — The Platte Valley sports co-op will have a new cheerleading coach this fall.
Teresa Cordry will take over the reins for the 2020-2021 school year, coaching both the junior high and high school cheer squads. She has previously coached cheer at South Nodaway.
A sixth-grade teacher at South Nodaway, Cordry took over as the junior high cheer coach in 2015. She held that role prior to the 2019-2020 school year and stepped down for family reasons — with one son graduating and another entering high school.
There is technically not a team yet for Cordry to coach, as tryouts haven’t been held.
But workouts started Wednesday, with Cordry, who won’t have an assistant coach, expecting about 25 girls to show up from the two schools, South Nodaway and Jefferson. Tryouts will be held next week before the team is finalized.
“The cheer team will work on practicing cheers, stunts and creating a homecoming routine this summer to prepare for the fall season,” she said.
Cordry has been teaching at South Nodaway since 2011. Prior to that, she was a paraprofessional for the St. Joseph school district.
Cordry is a St. Joseph native and a graduate of Lafayette High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2009. Last year, she earned two master’s degrees — elementary education and elementary math specialist certifications — from Northwest Missouri State University.