Team Category: First

Olivia Beck

Hello! My name is Olivia Beck and I am a first grade teacher at Kansas City International Academy. This is my first year as a teacher. Last year I completed my student teaching in both Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education and am currently […]

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Gracie Larcher

My name is Gracie Larcher and this will be my fourth year teaching first grade at KCIA. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas in 2017 and this past May I graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a master’s in English Language Learners. I have an undeniable […]

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Ashley Mays

My name is Ashley Mays and this is my seventh year in education. I worked for one year in North Kansas City School District as a Paraprofessional. This will be my sixth year at Kansas City International Academy as a 1st grade teacher. I graduated from Park University in 2013 with my Bachelors of Science […]

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Mikael Spears

My name is Mikael Spears and this is my sixteenth year in education. I spent ten years in Kansas City, Kansas as a second grade teacher. I graduated from Rust College in 2000, earning my Bachelors in Mass Communication. I graduated from Pitt State University with my Masters Degree in Elementary Education in 2007. While […]

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Katie Distasio

My name is Katie Distasio and I am a first grade teacher at Kansas City International Academy. I began my career in education over 20 years ago working in the early childhood field of education. I began my career at KCIA as an interventionist in 2017. This will be my 4th year teaching first grade. […]

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Laine Hamilton

My name is Laine Hamilton, and this will be my second year teaching first grade at KCIA. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am originally from Chicago, and I quickly fell in love with Kansas City. I always wanted to be a teacher, and […]

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Megan Juhan

My name is Megan Juhan and this is my eighth year as a teacher. This is my third year at KCIA. I previously taught two years of Kindergarten in Houston, Texas, and five years here in Kansas City. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education […]

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