Team Category: First

Karen Duffner

My name is Karen Duffner and I am in my 15th year of teaching. I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and my Masters in Education from Webster University. I am currently working on my TESOL Certification from University of Central Missouri and becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher […]

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Gracie Larcher

My name is Gracie Larcher and I am excited to say this will be my first year teaching. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona but spent the last four years living in Lawrence, Kansas attending the University of Kansas (rock chalk!). In May I graduated with distinction from KU, earning my degree in elementary education. […]

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Ashley Mays

My name is Ashley Mays and this is my sixth year in education. I worked for one year in North Kansas City School District as a Paraprofessional and have spent the last five years as a first grade teacher at KCIA. I graduated from Park University in 2013 with my Bachelors of Science Degree in […]

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Katie Distasio

My name is Katie Distasio and this is my second year teaching first grade. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Park University. While your child is in my classroom they will learn so much. Not only will we focus on building a strong foundation of reading and math, but your child will also leave first […]

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Rachel Spotz – Sheltered

My name is Rachel Spotz and this is my third year teaching 1st grade. This is also my third year at KCIA. I graduated from UCM with my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I also recently obtained my ELL certification through UCM and I will be graduating with my Master’s degree in TESL in […]

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Dominique Flowers – Sheltered

My name is Dominique Flowers and I am one of the first grade teachers. This is my second year in first grade as well as my second year at KCIA. Before teaching first grade I was the full time substitute and I got the chance to visit many classrooms at KCIA. I have my Bachelors […]

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