Team Category: Staff

Gracie Larcher – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Gracie Larcher and this will be my 5th year at KCIA. After 4 years as a first grade teacher I am excited to transition into a new role as an ELL specialist. I have my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education a master’s in English Language Learners. I have an undeniable passion for […]

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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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Michelle Culpepper

I live in Liberty, MO with my husband Jeff and daughter Brooke. My husband Jeff is a Manager at US Bank. Brooke is 23 years old and has a Mass Media degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. She is working on her Master’s degree at UCM. I was born and raised in […]

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Andrea Barreda – PE

Hi my name is Andrea Barreda and this is my second year as a PE teacher at KCIA. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education and a Minor in Business. I come from Lima, Peru were Spanish is our first language. I enjoy playing […]

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Lauren Chadwick – Elementary ELL Specialist

Hello! My name is Lauren Chadwick. This will be my 6th year at Kansas City International Academy. I’m very excited about my new role as an ELL Specialist! I have a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am very passionate about Kansas City International Academy and our community. I’m looking […]

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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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