Faculty and Staff

Drew Lentz – PE Teacher

My name is Drew Lentz this is my 5th year in education. Before joining KCIA I spent one year at Staley High School as a paraprofessional and three years as the physical education teacher at Gordon Parks Elementary School. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2013 with a degree in physical education. I […]

Kari Reeves – ELL Specialist K-2

My name is Kari Reeves and this my fourteenth year in education. I am originally from Pittsburg, KS, but I have been living in the Kansas City area for the past decade. I began my teaching career in New York City’s Chinatown at Dr. Sun Yet Sen Middle School. I then returned to the Midwest […]

Jessica McCracken – Reading Teacher

My name is Jessica McCracken and this is my tenth year in education, fifth teaching. This is my fourth year at KCIA. I graduated from Graceland University in 2010 with Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in TSEL at the University of Central Missouri. I have […]

Hannah VanAusdal – K-4 Instructional Coach

My name is Hannah VanAusdal and this is my eighth year in education. I studied elementary education at Northwest Missouri State University, and was a cohort member of the Institute for Urban Education at UMKC, where I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. I was a Leading Educators fellow, and have […]

Lauren True – Reading Teacher

My name is Lauren True and I am the sixth grade Reading teacher. I graduated from University of Missouri- Kansas City in 2009, and I have Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. I worked as a Financial Aid Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator for six years at Pinnacle Career Institute, but I always knew my heart […]

Courtney Minnich – ELL Specialist 3-5

My name is Courtney Minnich and this is my seventh year in education. I spent the last six years in Liberty, Missouri as a third grade teacher. I graduated from Kansas State University in 2011. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and I am also licensed to teach English as a […]

Talia Halfon – Writing Teacher

My name is Talia Halfon and this is my second year in education, and my second year in Kansas City. I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in International Affairs and French. While in college, and immediately after, I spent time teaching in East Africa as a math teacher, and an […]

Michael Goodwin – PE Teacher

My name is Michael Goodwin and this is my 6th year in education. I have been here at Della Lamb/Kansas City International Academy for 4 years. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2012. I have a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and I am also certified for K-12 Health. I will be […]

Ronnie Gray – Writing Teacher

My name is Ronnie Gray and this is my eleventh year in education. I have been at KCIA for the last ten years, after spending my first year of teaching in Fort Osage. I started as a 1st grade teacher, moved up to 2nd grade for 3 years and have spend the last 6 years […]

Kristin Cooke – ELL Specialist 6-8

My name is Kristin Cooke and this is my 4th year in education. I taught the past three years in Birmingham, Alabama working with English Learners. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! During my time at UA, I was fortunate […]

Emily Gideon – Math Teacher

My name is Emily Gideon and this is my first year of teaching. I teach 6th grade math. In December 2016 I graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education and a Minor in Math. The following semester I was a full time substitute teacher at Warrensburg School […]

Gary Allen – Health/Sports Teacher

Hi, my name is Gary Allen. I am in my 36th year of teaching. I graduated from William Jewell in Liberty, Missouri majoring in physical education and health. I have taught and coached at high school, middle school and community college levels.I was a commissioned officer and navigator during the Vietnam War for six years […]

Daneh Lindley – Math Teacher

My name is Daneh Lindley and this is my first year teaching and second year in education. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2016. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Middle School Education. I am currently working on my Masters of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Central Missouri. […]

Laurie Golding – Music Teacher

My name is Laurie Golding and this is my 31st year in education. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education in 1987. I received my Masters of Education from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 1996. I spent the last 25 years […]

Sally Beran – Writing Specialist 6-8

My name is Sally Beran and this is my 16th year in education. I spent the last 15 years as a journalism and photography teacher in Kansas City and am at KCIA as a writing and reading interventionist. I graduated in 2001 with a bachelors degree in Agricultural Journalism and 2004 with a Masters in […]

Kelsey Heuer – Science Teacher

My name is Kelsey Heuer and this is my second year in education. Last year I worked as a special education para-professional in Liberty, Missouri while working on my teaching certificate in general science through the American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence. I graduated from Truman State University in 2015 with Bachelors of Science […]

Lily Whiteside – Science Teacher

My name is Lily Whiteside. This will be my fourth year in education. I spent my first three years of teaching at Hogan Prep Academy Middle School. I received my Bachelors of Science in Middle School Education from Maryville University of St. Louis in 2014. I am beginning a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at […]

Heather Mozey – Reading Specialist 2-4

My name is Heather Mozey and I have been teaching since 2000. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Administration. I have taught severe needs, second and third grade​,​ as well as preschool. This is my second year […]

Fernando Navarro – Music Teacher

My name is Fernando Navarro. This is my second year teaching at KCIA. I am originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. I have been teaching music for 15 years. I love playing piano and I also love composing music for different projects. I moved to Missouri a year ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I taught band class […]

Kate Bowles – Reading Specialist 2-4

My name is Kate Bowles and I have been teaching since 2000. I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree from the University of Kansas. I have taught second and third grade, gifted education, and am a certified library media specialist. This will mark my first year as a […]

Amy Atkins – Art Teacher

My name is Amy Atkins and this is my 7th year in education. I taught K-12 Art for four years at Worth County, one year teaching Pre-K at La Petite Academy and am going on my second year here at KCIA. I graduated from Missouri State in 2008. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree […]

Elizabeth Andrews – Science Teacher

My name is Elizabeth Andrews and this is my fourth year in education as a middle school science teacher. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2011. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and I am also licensed to teach science to grades 6-9. I am excited to be […]

Joseph Krohn – Art Teacher

Greetings! My name is Joe Krohn and I have been a Visual Arts teacher for Kansas City International Academy for seven years. In 2006 I graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting. After working in the graphic design field for several years I returned to UCM to […]

Lyndsay Yates – Culture and Diversity Teacher

This is my first “official” year in teaching. I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Theatre/Costume Design at Oklahoma State University in 2012. After graduation I moved to Chicago where I worked as a professional costume designer and teaching artist for 3 years. Through my experience teaching theatre classes in Chicago Public Schools I became […]

Liz Dyer – Library Media Specialist

My name is Liz Dyer and this is my thirteenth year in education. I have teaching experience in kindergarten, second grade and also being a Librarian. I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree from Drake University in 2002 and received my Masters Degree from Baker University in 2005. I love spending time with my family […]

Leslie Danner – Elementary Counselor

Hi! My name is Leslie Danner and this is my second year in education. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with minors in Art and Spanish from Graceland University. I received my Masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University and spent 3 years working in the […]

Quinlin O’Donnell

My name is Quinlin O’Donnell and I am the 2nd and 3rd grade sheltered ELL room teacher. This is my seventh year of teaching, but it is my first year teaching in America. I went to the University of Missouri in Columbia (MU), where I studied English Education. After I graduated in 2010, I went […]

Bruce Rehmer – Technology Coordinator

My name is Bruce Rehmer and I am in my first year of helping KCIA with various technology initiatives and support. I retired from the Center School District in 2015 after 27 years while serving as the Technology Director for the last 18 years. I also coached golf, cross country and soccer at Center. I […]

Christine Clark – Middle School Counselor

My name is Christine Clark and this is my first year at KCIA. I am so excited to get to work with students and their families as the first middle school counselor at KCIA. This is my sixth year as a school counselor. Previously I worked at University Academy as both the Lower School and […]

Jamie Jansen – 5-8 Instructional Coach

My name is Jamie Jansen and this is my 18th year in education. I have taught many grades from 1st through 12th, served as a behavior interventionist, academic interventionist and a Special Education Teacher. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I received my Masters […]

Jim Helton – Chief Security Officer

My name is Jim Helton this is my second year as security at KCIA. My background is in Law Enforcement. I started in the Emergency field when I was 19 as medic and then as a FF/Medic. My first cop job was in Plattsburg MO in 1987. From there I went to Atchison KS where […]

Paige Rahman

I am the 4th/5th Grade Sheltered ELL teacher, and my name is Paige Rahman. This is my 20th year teaching, and my 11th year teaching ELL at this school. Before coming to KCIA, I taught 4th grade for 7 years on the tiny island of Saipan which is a part of the Commonwealth of the […]

Kate McDowell – ELL Coach

My name is Kate McDowell, and this year is my seventh in education. I grew up in Joliet, IL, and moved to Missouri in 2004 to study journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I spent three years working as a writer at a newspaper in South Carolina before beginning a career as a teacher. I […]

Caroline Alford

My name is Caroline Alford and this is my first year in education. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA, but attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where I recently graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in International Studies, concentrating in Spanish and Human Rights. I am an avid traveler, and try to […]

Linda Guthier – Special Education Director

My name is Linda Guthier and I am a Kansas City native. I attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary, St. Teresa’s Academy High School and Central Missouri State University, where I received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Speech Pathology K-12 and a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities K-12. Special Education has always been my […]

Rebecca Kupfer – Nurse

My name is Becca Kupfer and this is my second year as KCIA’s school nurse. Prior to KCIA, I worked as a registered nurse in a hospital setting. I hold two Bachelors of Science Degrees; Nursing from Rockhurst University, and Journalism from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! When I’m not busy keeping KCIA […]

Courtney Minnich – New Teacher Instructional Coach

My name is Courtney Minnich and this is my seventh year in education. I spent the last six years in Liberty, Missouri as a third grade teacher. I graduated from Kansas State University in 2011. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and I am also licensed to teach English as a […]

Amy Walsh – Special Education Teacher

Hi There! My name is Amy Walsh. I am the special education teacher for grades Kindergarten through sixth grade at KCIA this year. I have been a special education teacher for seventeen years. For over a decade I have been working with students in co-taught classrooms and in the resource room for grades K-8 at […]

Alies Dalton – Cafeteria Supervisor

I’m from Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. I have taught a variety of levels of education since 1989. Most recently I was a teacher of Adult English Language Learners for 15 years. My second language is American Sign Language although I can say at least 1 word in 8 different languages. […]

Rod Hatton – Special Education Teacher

I am looking forward to a great year with the wonderful students and staff at KCIA. I have been teaching since 1996 and have taught at Kansas City Missouri, Center and Raytown School Districts. I am beginning my 5th year in this district and have teaching and administrative degrees from Lincoln University, University Missouri Kansas […]

Nikki Snyder – Volunteer Coordinator

My name is Nikki Snyder and I have been in education for three years now. I founded a mentoring program at Douglas County Youth Services for adolescents in USD 497 in which I paired youth with a positive role model. I graduated from The University of Kansas in 2015 with my Bachelors of Psychology. After […]

Omar Abdullahi – Behavior Interventionist

My name is Omar Abdullahi and this my 6th year with this great school. I was born and grew in Somalia (East Africa). I have lived in Kansas City since 1996. I am a father of five children and married for almost 30 years. I have a long career in military field and I a […]

Dominique Flowers – Building Substitute

Hi! I am Dominique Flowers and I recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Communication. I am the full time substitute for the elementary school. My hobbies are dancing, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I am very excited to assist our amazing teachers and getting to know our […]

Jill VonErdmannsdorff – Special Education Paraprofessional

I have been working in education since 04′. I am a certified Para Professional/Substitute. Over the summer I got engaged. In my spare time I enjoy frequenting conventions and live theater. I look forward to the new school year and being a part of KCIA as it grows.

James McCay – Behavior Interventionist

I attended Penn Valley, served in the US Army, and worked in the corporate world for over 25 years before working for the KCMO school district as a paraprofessional for 3 years. I started working at Della Lamb (KCIA) 3 years ago. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids and coaching and mentoring […]

Dr. Steve Fleming – Superintendent

My name is Dr. Steve Fleming and this is my 43rd year in education. I have spent the last year here at KCIA. Before that from 1975-79 I was a teacher in Papillion, NE. From 1979-85 I was a HS Principal in Gretna, NE. From 1985-2009 I was Assistant Superintendent of HR in Liberty, MO, […]

David Leone – Assistant Superintendent and Middle School Principal

My name is David A. Leone. This is my 43rd year in public education. This is my second year at KCIA. Before coming to KCIA I spent 9 years as a 6th grade teacher in Blue Springs, Missouri and I spent 4 years as principal of Hillcrest Elementary in Belton, Missouri. Then I spent 27 […]

Karen Evans – Speech Pathologist

My name is Karen Evans and I have been teaching for 33 1/2 years in the public school system as a Speech Pathologist. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Education, in the area of Speech Correction, from Northwest Missouri State University. I earned my Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from the University […]

Joe Palmer – Elementary School Principal

I am beginning my first year at KCIA as the K-5 principal and I am excited about the opportunity to serve the children and staff. My recent administrative experience includes 4 years as Chief Education Officer at Gordon Parks Charter School, 4 years as a principal at Leawood Elementary in Blue Valley, 5 years as […]

Jessica Milbert – Director of Curriculum and Instruction

My name is Jessica Milbert and this is my thirteenth year in education and second year at KCIA. I graduated from the University of Iowa with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I graduated from Baker University with my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership K-12. Prior to working at KCIA I was a teacher and Elementary […]

Daisy Myrick – ELL Coordinator

Hello! My name is Daisy Myrick; I am KCIA’s English Language Learner (ELL) Program Coordinator. I have been in education since 2006. Over the last 11 years, I have taught elementary and high school Spanish, high school ELL, and worked as the ELL Program Coordinator, all in Liberty, MO. I have a bachelor’s degree in […]

Jennifer Wilson – Director of Student Services

My name is Jennifer Wilson and I have been in Education for 18 years. I have experience as a teacher, Instructional Coach and Principal. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Park University, a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Mary University and an Education Specialist Degree […]

Rachel Spotz

My name is Rachel Spotz and this is my second year in education. I spent my first year teaching 1st grade here at Kansas City International Academy. I graduated from University of Central Missouri in 2015. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently working to obtain my Master’s Degree […]

Karen Duffner

My name is Karen Duffner and I am entering my 14th year at KCIA! I graduated from Missouri State University in 2003 with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Websters University in 2009. I’m currently working on becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. I have son, […]

Renee Mapes

My name is Renee Mapes and this is my sixteenth year teaching. I spent my first three years in Kindergarten at Della Lamb Charter then moved to First grade and taught for twelve years, now I am back in Kindergarten! I attended Park College and received my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Ed. I love […]

Marian Jama

Hello, my name is Marian Jama and I have been at KCIA for almost ten years now. I am from Somalia and I can speak Somali, Bantu, Swahili, Arabic, Mai Mai, and English.

Ashley Hayde

My name is Ashley Hayde and this is my 8th year teaching kindergarten!! I graduated from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) with a double major in elementary education and early childhood in 2009. Go Mules! I love teaching at KCIA because of the relationships between the students and the staff. My favorite part of […]

Thoo Paw

My name is Thoo Lei Paw and I speak Karen and Burmese. I was born in Myanmar and grew up in Thailand. I have been at KCIA for 10 years.

Helen Broome

My name is Helen Broome and this is my 25th year in education. I have experience teaching Kindergarten – 4th grade. This is my 4th year teaching Kindergarten ELL at KCIA. (Kindergarten is my favorite grade to teach!) I taught in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools for 16 years and also at Genesis Promise Academy […]

Danielle Harris

My name is Danielle Harris and this is my seventh year in education. I graduated from Graceland University where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. I’m currently a graduate student at the University of Central Missouri. I am working toward a Masters Degree in TESL. Before transitioning to KCIA I was […]

Amber Sahr

My name is Amber Sahr and this is my 11th year in education. I spent one year teaching special education preschool in the Joplin, Mo school district and the last 10 years with DLECS/KCIA where I have taught 3rd grade for 7 years and this is my 4th year teaching kindergarten. I graduated from Pittsburg […]

Dinh Tran

Hello! My name is Dinh Tràn and I have been a translator at KCIA for 5 years. I am originally from Vietnam and I can speak English and Vietnamese.

LeAnn Perry

My name is LeAnn Perry and this is my sixteenth year in teaching. I graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2001. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I also have my Masters Degree in Education. I have always taught second or third grade. My first five years of teaching were spent […]

Taylor Hernandez

My name is Taylor Hernandez and this is my fourth year of teaching. I began teaching third grade, while the school was formerly known as, Della Lamb Elementary Charter School. I graduated from Park University in 2013 with my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in […]

Balkisa Sharif

My name is Balkisa Sharif. I can speak Somali, Swahili, Bantu, and English. I am from Somalia. I have worked at KCIA for 10 years.

Sarah Engle

My name is Sarah Engle and this is my eighth year in education. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State Univiersity with my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Language Arts. My husband and I have a beautiful 5 year old daughter who started Kindergarten this year. We have two dogs, […]

Kelly Orpin

Hello! This is my second year as a fourth grade teacher. I graduated from Kansas State University in 2016 with a bachelors in Elementary Education. I am currently getting my masters degree from the University of Central Missouri. When I am not teaching I spend my time with family and friends. I enjoy going to […]

Kathlene Kane

My name is Kathlene Kane and this will be my eleventh year in education. I spent my first two years in education in Independence, Missouri one as a second grade teacher and the other a Substitute within the Independence School District. I then excepted a teaching position with Della Lamb Charter School in which I […]

Christina Berry

My name is Christina Berry and I am in my 10th year of teaching. I have been with Kansas City International Academy for all 10 years (formerly Della Lamb Charter). I spent my early university years in Warrensburg, MO at the University of Central Missouri and completed my education degree in Springfield at Missouri State […]

Hector Torres

My name is Hector Torres and I am from Mexico. I speak Spanish and English. I have been at KCIA for 4 years now.

Michelle Culpepper

I live in Liberty, MO with my husband Jeff and daughter Brooke. Brooke is 19 years old and is a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. I graduated from Liberty High School in May 1990. I received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education in May 1994 at University of […]

Maddie Mason – Building Substitute

My name is Maddie Mason and this is my second year at KCIA as a building substitute. I graduated from William Jewell College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. This fall I will begin my third season as the Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach at William Jewell College. Go Cardinals! I enjoy […]

Danielle Kaley – Building Substitute

My name is Ms. Kaley and I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have a masters degree in business administration and am half-way through my masters degree in urban education at Park University. I speak Spanish and was formerly a pharmaceutical sales representative until I realized being in a classroom teaching children […]

LaTeasha Randle – Social Worker

My name is LaTeasha Randle and I have been a social worker for 10 years. I graduated from CMSU in 2007 with my Bachelors of Social Work. I have worked with various populations but the past few years I have primarily worked as a school social worker. I enjoy providing supports and connecting families with […]

Ashley Mays

My name is Ashley Mays and this is my fifth year in education. I worked for one year in North Kansas City School District as a Paraprofessional and have spent the last four years as a first grade teacher at KCIA. I graduated from Park University in 2013 with my Bachelors of Science Degree in […]

Ashley Flerlage

Hello second grade students and families! This will be my first year teaching second grade and I can not wait to meet all of you! I am from St. Charles, Missouri. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2016 with my Bachelor of Science in Education. After graduation, I started teaching 5th grade […]

Safia Hassan

My name is Safia Hassan and I am excited to be at KCIA this year. I speak English, Bantu, and Somali. I am from Somalia.

Ayan Ali

My name is Ayan Ali and I am from Somalia. I speak English, Arabic, and Somali. I have been at KCIA for almost a year now.

Abdul Sheikh

Hi, my name is Abdul Sheikh and I speak Somali, English, and Swahili. I am originally from Somalia and I have been at KCIA for 5 years.

Katie Distasio

My name is Katie Distasio and I will be teaching your child this year! I would love to introduce myself to you. In my free time I love to explore Kansas City, visit the beach, spend time outside and cheer on the Kansas City Royals! This will be my first year teaching first grade. Last […]

Lauren Sharp

My name is Lauren Sharp and this is my second year at Kansas City International Academy. I graduated from Missouri Western State University in December. I have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and I am also licensed to teach Special Education to grades K-12. I am currently working on my Masters Degree […]

Lindsey Gant

My name is Lindsey Gant and this is my first year teaching. I have spent the last 5 years in Warrensburg, MO. I graduated in December 2016 from the University of Central Missouri. I am certified in Early Childhood Education. I am from Lawson, MO. It’s a small town and I love it. Other than […]

Hal Havens

I have a passion for providing immigrant and urban children with a great education so that they can be successful in America. This is my 8th year on the school board. Over the past few years I have helped design and build the new school playground and I have tutored immigrant adults who are learning […]

Patrick Johnston

I have been involved with Della Lamb Community Services, which started KCIA, for over 30 years. I am now a part of the KCIA school board and enjoying the opportunity to help make it a successful school. I bring 38 years of engineering experience as the co-founder of Johnston Burkholder Associates. My mother was an […]

Lute Atieh

As the child of an immigrant who first arrived in the United States in the 1970’s to further his education, I can relate to the struggles immigrants face in today’s environment. I am the co-founder of Missouri’s first accredited, 100% online University. I am a strong supporter of quality, innovative education, and have spent my […]

Michelle Carpenter

I come to the board with a lot of diversity in my own family. My husband arrived in the United States in 1992 from Argentina. He is an architect. My oldest daughter received her Master’s Degree in Education in Spain and has lived in Spain for the past 7 years. My middle child is an […]

Jason Prosser

I knew I wanted to become more involved with KCIA after the first time I volunteered. I felt a need to serve the Kansas City community and help immigrant children. As a father of two elementary school children, I believe that every child should have access to a quality education. I am excited about the […]

Kristin Davis

My name is Kristin Davis and this is my fifth year in education. I graduated from Park University with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Elementary Education. I taught one year in the KCMO School District before coming to KCIA. This will be my fourth year teaching 4th grade at KCIA. I have one son, […]

Fatma Abdi

Hello, my name is Fatma Abdi! I have been a translator at KCIA for almost 10 years now. I am from Somalia and I can speak Arabic, Somali, Mai Mai, and English.

Julie Horn

My name is Julie Horn and I have been an educator for 30 years. Most of my career was spent teaching in Jefferson City, Missouri where I retired in May of 2016. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Drury University and received a Master’s of Education Degree from St. […]

Cynthia Raymer

This is my first year teaching as a fifth grade teacher. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Middle School Math. I enjoy spending time at home with my cats, drinking coffee and reading books. When I have […]

Katarina Miller

My name is Katarina Miller, and this is my first year in education. I graduated from Emporia State University in May of 2017 with my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I student taught in Kindergarten and 4th grade classrooms. I also spent one month in Paraguay teaching English at a dual language school. […]

Aryana Ahmad

My name is Aryana Ahmad and this is my first year teaching. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017 with my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. What I like to do during my free time is hang out with family and friends. This year I am very excited to see the […]

Mikael Spears

My name is Mikael Spears and this is my eleventh year in education. I spent the last ten years in Kansas City, Kansas as a second grade teacher. I graduated from Rust College in 2000. I have my Bachelors in Mass Communication. I graduated from Pitt State University with my Masters Degree in Elementary Education […]

Gracie Larcher

My name is Gracie Larcher and I am excited to say this will be my first year teaching. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona but spent the last four years living in Lawrence, Kansas attending the University of Kansas (rock chalk!). In May I graduated with distinction from KU, earning my degree in elementary education. […]

Albert Nguyen

My name Albert Nguyen and this is my first year in education. I’ve been working in Finance and Insurance for over ten years, and I also managed family’s business. I came to USA thirty years ago and attended at community college for three years to learn ESL then I graduated from National American University in […]

Janice Jackson

My name is Jan Jackson and I am a proud board member of KCIA. I have been an educator for over 35 years. I received a Masters of Science Degree in Multi Culture Diversity from Kansas State University. I have always had a special place in my heart to educate all children regardless of their […]

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