Team Category: Student/Special Services

Leslie Danner – Elementary Counselor

My name is Leslie Danner, and I am one of the KCIA Elementary School Counselors. Before working as a school counselor, I worked for several years as an Art Therapist in a Kansas City hospital. In 2014, I spent time in Costa Rica, where I got to volunteer at a local elementary school. Working with […]

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Britany Barton – Elementary Counselor

My name is Britany Barton, and I am one of the Elementary School Counselors. The upcoming 2020/2021 school year will be my eighth year in education, my third year with KCIA, and my first year as a School Counselor. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. There I earned a Bachelor of […]

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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 – Family Resource Coordinator

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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Talia Halfon – Family Resource Coordinator

My name is Talia Halfon, and I am a Family Resource Coordinator at Kansas City International Academy. I began working in education as a math teacher in Uganda in 2012. I later spent a year teaching 4th grade in Kansas City and another year as a middle school writing teacher here at Kansas City International […]

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Nikki Snyder – Therapist

My name is Nikki Snyder and I have been in education for four years now. I came to KCIA looking for a volunteer opportunity and became the Volunteer Coordinator and am now a mental health therapist here at KCIA! I graduated from The University of Kansas in 2015 with my Bachelors of Psychology. After I […]

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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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