Team Category: First

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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Rachel Spotz – Sheltered

My name is Rachel Spotz and this is my third year teaching 1st grade. This is also my third year at KCIA. I graduated from UCM with my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I also recently obtained my ELL certification through UCM and I will be graduating with my Master’s degree in TESL in […]

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