Team Category: Student/Special Services

Leslie Danner – Elementary Counselor

Hi! My name is Leslie Danner and this is my third year in education and my second year at KCIA. I have a Masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University and worked for several years in the mental health field. After that, I spent time in Costa Rica, where I got to volunteer […]

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Shelle Verkler – Middle School Counselor

My name is Shelle Verkler and I am thrilled to begin my first year at KCIA. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Kansas State University and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Emporia State University. I worked as a counselor in the Center School District for 15 years serving grades 6-12, […]

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LaTeasha Randle – Social Worker

My name is LaTeasha Randle and I have been a social worker for 10 years. I graduated from CMSU in 2007 with my Bachelors of Social Work. I have worked with various populations but the past few years I have primarily worked as a school social worker. I enjoy providing supports and connecting families with […]

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Nikki Snyder – Therapist

My name is Nikki Snyder and I have been in education for three years now. I founded a mentoring program at Douglas County Youth Services for adolescents in USD 497 in which I paired youth with a positive role model. I graduated from The University of Kansas in 2015 with my Bachelors of Psychology. After […]

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Linda Guthier – SPED Director

My name is Linda Guthier and I am a Kansas City native. I received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Speech Pathology K-12 and a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities K-12 from Central Missouri State University. Special Education has always been my passion and this is my forty-fourth year in education. The bulk of my […]

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Robert McDowell – SPED Teacher

My name is Robert McDowell. I have worked at KCIA since January, 2018. I am a special education teacher working with students in the middle school. I have taught (primarily at the Elementary level) for over 35 years. I graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. I also earned […]

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