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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