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 second year here as a teacher. I completed my student teaching in both Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2020 with a degree in Elementary Education. I am […]

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Laine Hamilton

My name is Laine Hamilton, and this will be my third 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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Emma Fundenberger

My name is Emma Fundenberger. I am joining the first-grade team and will be coteaching with Katie Distastio. I graduated from UMKC in May of 2021 with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Currently, I am completing my Master’s in Reading at Northwest Missouri State University. I completed my student teaching experience at KCIA. I am […]

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Katie Distasio

Hello First Grade Families! My name is Katie Distasio and I will be teaching your child this year! I would love to introduce myself to you. I began my career at KCIA as an interventionist working with 4th grade students. This will be my 5th year teaching first grade. I earned my bachelor’s degree from […]

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Ashley Mays

My name is Ashley Mays and this is my eighth year in education. I worked for one year in North Kansas City School District as a Paraprofessional. This will be my seventh 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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Nicole Throckmorton

Hi! I am Nicole Throckmorton, aka Ms. T! My teaching career began in 2018 after receiving my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and certifications to teach Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from Northwest Missouri State University. My first year at KCIA I was an ELL Specialist and worked with kindergarten and 1st grade […]

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