Team Category: Administration

David Leone – Superintendent

My name is David A. Leone. This is my 45th year in public education. This is my third 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 […]

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Jamie Jansen – MS Principal

Hi, my name is Jamie Jansen and I am the Middle School principal at KCIA. I started my teaching career at the elementary level where I taught for 10 years. I then transitioned into a special education teacher for middle and high school students for the next 7 years. Before becoming the principal at KCIA, […]

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Hannah VanAusdal – Elementary School Principal

My name is Hannah VanAusdal. This is my 13th year in public education. This is my fifth year here at KCIA. Before coming to KCIA I was a third, fourth and fifth grade teacher, an Instructional Coach and an Assistant Principal in the Kansas City area. I am married and have two sons- Teddy and […]

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Courtney Minnich – Elementary Assistant Principal

My name is Courtney Minnich and I am the Elementary Assistant Principal at Kansas City International Academy. I began my career in education in 2010 teaching English to students in Guatemala. I then taught 3rd grade for six years in Liberty, Missouri. In 2017, I came to Kansas City International Academy and spent a year […]

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Kate McDowell – Director of Curriculum and Instruction

My name is Kate McDowell, and this year is my eleventh 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 […]

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Jennifer Wilson – Director of Student Services

My name is Jennifer Wilson and I have been in Education for 19 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 […]

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Bane Ballou – Director of Finance

My name is Bane Ballou. This is my fourth year at KCIA and my thirty-sixth year in education. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from UMKC. Before coming to KCIA, I worked for school districts in Belton, Harrisonville, and Independence. I retired as the Director of Finance from the Raytown School District […]

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