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 Parents, Students, and Community,

There are many wonderful opportunities at our school for you to explore. Our strong academic programs, community atmosphere, and outstanding student body are examples of positive aspects of CES. Chaffee Elementary is committed to providing students a rigorous, well-rounded education. It is an education that prepares students for secondary school and beyond.

Please share in this pride and join the efforts to make this year the best ever.

Dr. Jennifer Vandeven

Elementary 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 two years and has also served as the district's Special Education Director for five 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 or by phone at (573) 887-3244, ext. 202.