Team Category: First

Karen Duffner

My name is Karen Duffner and I am a 1st-grade teacher, TK Instructional Coach, and New Teacher Program Coordinator! I am entering my 16th year of education, all at KCIA! I have a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Missouri State University, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Webster University and Teaching English Language […]

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Gracie Larcher

My name is Gracie Larcher and this will be my third year teaching first grade at KCIA. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and am currently in the process of earning my Master’s Degree in English Language Learners from the University of Central Missouri. I […]

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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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Krystle Peinado

My name is Krystle Peinado and this is my first year at KCIA! I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Upon graduating, I traveled around Kansas and Missouri teaching STEM lessons to K-8 learners as an educational outreach assistant for the Center for Remote Sensing […]

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Katie Distasio

My name is Katie Distasio and I am a First Grade Teacher at Kansas City International Academy. This will be my 3rd year teaching first grade. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Park University. I am currently working towards getting my Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction from Northwest Missouri State University While your child is […]

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Laine Hamilton

Hi! My name is Laine Hamilton, and I am so excited to be one of your child’s teachers this year! This is my first year teaching, and I could not be happier that I am teaching first grade at KCIA. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary […]

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