My name is Baleigh Jordan and I’m a first-year teacher at KCIA! I teach 8th Grade English Language Arts. I received my BA in History, Gender Studies, and English from Saint Louis University in 2019 and I’m currently working towards my MA in Teaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to teaching, I worked in the restaurant industry for 7 years. I also worked at the ACLU-MO organizing volunteers, establishing a legal database, and managing social media. Most of my family lives her in Kansas City, and I’m ecstatic that I got to move here since I get to spend more time with my grandparents, cousins, and extended family. When I’m at home, I love to read fantasy novels, write short stories, cook foods from around the world, paint flowers, and cuddle with my two cats: Cheeto and Frito. I’m so looking forward to meeting, teaching, and learning from your students this year!