Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Chaffee Elementary School

Welcome to Chaffee Elementary School!

Home of the Red Devils!
408 Elliott
Chaffee, Missouri 63740
Phone: 573-887-3244
Fax: 573-887-6493

Dear CES Community,

At Chaffee Elementary School we believe that everyone is a learner every day. We are committed to excellence and the education of the whole child. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our strong academic programs, community atmosphere, student support, and positive relationships. We celebrate student success and work hard to help students overcome obstacles to achieve at the highest levels. The education provided by CES prepares students for secondary school and beyond. Please join the efforts to make this year the best ever.

Yours in education,
Dr. Jennifer Vandeven
Elementary Principal

Dear Chaffee Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as your new district Curriculum Director and Assistant Principal. For the past seven years, I have had the pleasure of working as a math teacher at Chaffee Jr./Sr. High School. Meeting the needs of diverse learners is one of my top priorities. I believe that with a positive attitude, a growth mindset, and good character anyone can achieve great things. We are all here to learn together. It is my goal to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment that challenges our students to reach beyond their expectations and become lifelong learners.
I look forward to an outstanding year of watching your children flourish. Please remember that you are your child’s first teacher. The most successful schools are those with the most active and supportive guardians.

Mrs. Mary Hall
Chaffee R-2 Schools Curriculum Director and Assistant Principal

Chaffee Elementary


Chaffee Elementary School exists to provide a safe and supportive learning environment with high expectations of students, staff, and community.


Chaffee Elementary School strives to become an exemplary learning community through high quality instruction with respect for all members.


"Everyone a Learner, Every Day"

Am I living our mission?

Am I striving to work daily towards our vision?

Was I a learner today?

Principal Jennifer Vandeven

Elementary Principal
Dr. Jennifer Vandeven

Dr. Jennifer Vandeven has served as the Elementary School Principal for the past three years and has also served as the district's Special Education Director for six years. Prior to becoming Principal, Dr. Vandeven served as the Assistant Elementary School Principal for three years. Before coming to Chaffee, she taught special education for ten years and was a history teacher for two years in the Cape, Jackson, and Sikeston school districts. She received her Bachelor's Degree (Special Education) and Master's Degree (Special Education Administration) from Southeast Missouri State University. She received her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership at Saint Louis University.  Dr. Vandeven has lived in Chaffee her whole life, attending both Chaffee Elementary and Chaffee Jr/Sr High School. She and her husband live in Chaffee with their two children. Dr. Vandeven is committed to the education of the whole child and welcomes parental involvement and community input. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact her by email at [email protected] or by phone at (573) 887-3244, ext. 202.


Mary Hall School PictureElementary Assistant Principal and Curriculum Director
Mrs. Mary Hall

Mrs. Mary Hall has served as the high school mathematics teacher for the past seven years and will be taking on her new roles as Curriculum Director and Assistant Principal for the district. She is from Imperial, Missouri and currently resides in Perryville, Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University, in Elementary education. She later received two Masters degrees to further her education. She obtained her Teaching & Technology degree from William Woods University and then her Secondary Administration degree from Southeast Missouri State University.  Mrs. Hall believes that academic success begins with believing that all children can achieve excellence. Through active learning strategies, diverse instruction, and support, our students will be intrinsically motivated to reach their goals and be lifelong learners. She looks forward to serving the district in her new roles.

Updated July 2021