Phone: 417-732-3650


Degrees and Certifications:


Nancy Leonard, BS, RN

I'm Nancy Leonard, aka "Nurse Nancy!"  I have been married to Eric for 21 years and am incredibly proud of my son, Alex, a Missouri State University junior majoring in Community and Regional Planning and my daughter, Ashlyn, a senior at Republic High School.


Our family LOVES the water whether it is at the pool, lake, river, or the beach!  My favorite part of time away from school is whenever we are at the beach for Spring Break or summer vacation!


I have a bachelor's degree in General Business from Missouri State University, completed the OTC nursing program 16 years ago, and then completed my Associates of Science in Nursing degree at Excelsior College.  The 2021-22 school year starts my fourteenth year as a school nurse. I love caring for "my" Republic kids!  


My mission is to make students and staff feel less bumped and bruised physically, emotionally and mentally.  I look forward to assisting your student in having a healthy school experience.  




Degrees and Certifications:


Melissa Saner, HCA

I'm Melissa Saner, often called "Nurse Melissa" by the students and staff.  I am not, however, a registered nurse.  I am actually a certified nurse assistant, working as the High School Health Care Aide.  This year begins my 16th year with the Republic School District, and my 12th year in the health services department.  I previously worked as a Title I paraprofessional at E1 for four years, before transferring to the RMS health office for nine years.  I am beginning my third year at RHS, and I am so excited to get back to school and see the students!


I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Gerontology from Missouri State University (SMSU at the time).  Throughout my college years I worked as a certified nurse assistant and certified medication technician, and my love for nursing never left.   I absolutely love working with students and staff to promote health and wellness, working with students with chronic illnesses, and assisting Nurse Nancy with office management.  


When I am not at school, I am spending time at home with my family.  My husband Ryan and I just celebrated our 23nd anniversary, and we have one son, Colson, a 2019 Republic grad.  He has special needs and lives at home with us.  My brother-in-law, Rustyn, rounds out our family since he now lives us.  We love to go on adventures and live our lives to the fullest!  


"When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you've gotta do?  Just keep swimming."





Nancy and Melissa
HS team