My name is Bailey Conard and I am an 8th grade ELA teacher at Kansas City International Academy. This is my second year working at KCIA but my first as a solo classroom teacher! I am currently working through the Kansas City Teacher Residency program to get my Master’s in Education through UMKC. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English from the University of Missouri – Columbia in December of 2018. I moved to Kansas City in January 2019 to work for City Year at Central Middle School and fell in love with being in a school environment and working with students, so I decided to become a teacher! I love to read, thrift shop and am working on becoming a good plant mom. My own mom and sisters currently have over 500 plants in my childhood home! I got married on 02/02/2020 and my partner, Heath, and I love going on walks, watching soccer games with our friends, and finding yummy restaurants! I’m so excited to be back at KCIA with such a wonderful team and get to work with our amazing students!