Team Category: Student/Special Services

Leslie Danner – Elementary Counselor

My name is Leslie Danner, and I am the Elementary School Counselor. 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 the students there […]

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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 four years now. I came to KCIA looking for a volunteer opportunity and became the Volunteer Coordinator! I graduated from The University of Kansas in 2015 with my Bachelors of Psychology. After I graduated, I worked in Human Resources for two years before […]

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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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Megan Jefferson – SPED Teacher

Hello, my name is Megan Jefferson. I am in my seventh year as a special education teacher. This year, I am so excited to join the Kansas City International Academy community! In 2013, I graduated with my Bachelors degree from Rutgers University. I then received my Masters degree in Special Education in 2015 from the […]

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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 who works with middle school students. I have more that 37 years of teaching experience. I graduated many years ago from Colorado College with a degree in Political Science. I also earned a Masters of Teaching […]

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