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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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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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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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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Nicole Throckmorton

Hi! My name is Nicole Throckmorton and this is my 3rd year at KCIA! My first year I was an ELL Specialist and worked with the kindergarten and 1st grade scholars at KCIA. Last year was my first year in 3rd grade. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree […]

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