Our Primary Campus Team

We are proud to introduce our 2017-2018 Faculty & Staff!  

 

Diverse in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, and languages spoken, our faculty boasts:

    • Over 50% holding Master’s degrees
    • Over 50% having worked, lived, or studied extensively outside the United States (including countries such as:  Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Holland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Spain, & US Virgin Islands)
    • Classroom teachers with an average of 6+ years of classroom experience


 

School Leadership

Doug Smith (CWC Kansas City Founding Principal): 

Originally from Midtown Kansas City, Doug has been an educator since 1992.  His classroom experience began in a local, inner-city public school and has spanned internationally to American program schools in Ecuador and Brazil.  In his career as a teacher, Doug taught Math and Science from 6th grade through AP Calculus and Honors Physics.  In addition, Doug has taught Western Civilization, Philosophy, Sociology, Filmmaking, and has sponsored a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Knowledge Bowl.  From 2011-2016, Doug  served as Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and was responsible for curricular development, teacher training, and student success.

"Whatever age group I am working with or capacity in which I serve, my number one priority as an educator is engaging students in achieving excellence."  His philosophy of education is based upon the cultivation of critical thinking, collaboration, and experiential learning.  "If I had to distill my beliefs of what I want to accomplish in my work with young people into one concept, that concept would be awe - pure wonder of the world, both in nature and in the creations of the human mind.  This sense of awe makes us inherently more alive, and the highest honor any educator can achieve is helping a young person become more alive."

 

Amanda Quance (Director of Curriculum Integration & Educational Partnerships): 

Amanda has spent over 10 years working in education and youth development, including 6 years in the classroom as a middle school math teacher.  She has taught both locally in Kansas City, Kansas and at an Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Throughout her work, Amanda prioritizes building connections and engaging youth in compelling experiences that link their lives to the world around them.  Amanda has implemented a variety of interdisciplinary learning experiences and built strategic school-community partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.  Amanda has a B.A. from Grinnell College and a Masters in Community Development from the University of California Davis.  She is a proud resident of Midtown and loves being engaged in our Kansas City community with her husband Nathaniel.

 

Office Staff

       

              Jamesetta Adkins             Carlos Taylor
                  Office Manager                ACE Director

Ms. Adkins is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will continue as our Campus Office Manager in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Stephens College and has worked in Administrative Services for 11 years from the Greater KC YMCA to the YMCA Metropolitan Bar Association.  Ms. Adkins’ work supports students, families, faculty, and staff, and is a key liaison to our broader community.

Mr. Taylor is beginning his first year at CWCKC and will serve as Director of ACE.  He has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from University of Central Missouri.  Prior to joining our team, Mr. Taylor has worked as a paraprofessional supporting students at the middle school level as well as in the L.I.N.C. after school program and the Boys and Girls club.


                                                                   

 Special Education

              

              Sara Murphy
                 Sp. Ed. Teacher

Ms. Murphy is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will continue to teach Special Education in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and an M.A. in Special Education from University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Across her 10-year career, she has worked with Special Needs students from Kindergarten through High School.

 

Reading Specialists

              

Noelle Bell                        Casey Thomas                  Ridley Thomas

Ms. Bell is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will continue as a Reading Specialist serving K-2nd grade students.  She has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Truman State University.  Prior to coming to CWCKC, Ms. Bell taught in an Early Childhood Center and was a Teach For America Corps Member in Tulsa, OK.

Ms. Thomas is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will continue as a Reading Specialist for 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from Winona State University, and an M.A. in Elementary Education from University of Missouri St. Louis.  Ms. Thomas has played an active role in supporting our assessment processes, data assessment strategies, and in helping with scheduling for the campus.

Mr. Thomas is beginning his first year at CWCKC and will serve as a Reading Specialist in 2017-2018.  He has a B.A. in French Language and Literature from University of Missouri Kansas City, and is working toward an M.A. in Special Education from University of Kansas.  Prior to joining our team, Mr. Thomas had an extensive career teaching Kindergarten in a French immersion program.

       

Enrichment Teachers

          

James Caldwell,                                                            Kate Moore,
  Physical Education            Music                                 Art

Mr. Caldwell is starting his first year at CWCKC and will teach Physical Education in 2017-2018.  Mr. Caldwell has an B.A. from McKendree College and an M.A. in Physical Education from Fresno Pacific University.  Prior to joining CWCKC, he was a Recreation Director for Kansas City Parks & Recreation as well as coaching numerous college & high school sports teams.

Ms. Moore is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will continue to teach Art in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from Iowa State University and an M.A. in Elementary Education from University of Missouri, St. Louis.  Prior to joining us, Ms. Moore taught 2nd-3rd grade for 3 years and was a Teach For America Corps Member in Kansas City, MO.  Last year, she became a Fund for Teachers Fellow.


Second Grade Teachers

               

Catherine Bett                  Whitney Szczucinski

Ms. Bett is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will be teaching 2nd grade in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from Wheaton College, and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of New England.  Prior to joining our team, she taught elementary school in Kansas and in Lima, Peru.  Ms. Bett is bilingual in English and Spanish and serves as the ELL Coordinator for CWCKC.

Ms. Szczucinski is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will teach 2nd grade in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Prior to joining our team, Ms. Szczucinski taught 2nd and 3rd grade for several years in both Missouri and Kansas.


First Grade Teachers

                      

Allison Glass                      Marquis Hall                     Kerrie Schoen                   Megan York

Ms. Glass is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will be teaching 1st Grade in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Elementary Education from University of Missouri, St. Louis.  Her teaching career includes five years teaching in the Pre-K through 1st Grade classrooms, as well as being a Teach For America Corps Member in Kansas City, MO and a Fund for Teachers Fellow.

Mr. Hall is beginning his first year at CWCKC and will be teaching 1st Grade in 2017-2018.  He has a B.A. from University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He has taught 1st grade for one year prior to joining us as well as being certified as a Family Reading Program Instructor for Literacy KC.  Mr. Hall is a member of the Family Engagement Team for CWCKC.

Ms. Schoen is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will be teaching 1st Grade in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from University of Kansas and an M.Ed.  in Elementary Education from Rockhurst University.  Ms. Schoen has experience teaching visual arts, dance, and has spent time teaching abroad in the Dominican Republic.

Ms. York is beginning her second year at CWCKC and is returning as a 1st Grade teacher in 2017-2018.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Kansas.  Prior to joining our team, Ms. York also supported student learning as a teaching associate in an early childhood center and through the parks and recreation program in Kansas.


Kindergarten Teachers

            

Ron Basel                         Kaitlin Boisnard               Karnissa Caldwell                       

            

Erika Gibbs                        Hallie Richardson

Mr. Basel is beginning his first year at CWCKC and will teach Kindergarten in 2017-2018.  He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University.  Across his 9-year teaching career he has served Kindergarten 3rd, and 4th grade students in Kansas City.

Ms. Boisnard is beginning her first year at CWCKC and will teach Kindergarten in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. from the University of Missouri and is working on an M.A. in Early Childhood from Johns Hopkins University for completion in 2018.  Prior to coming to CWCKC, Ms. Boisnard was a Pre-K teacher and a Teach for America Corps Member in Kansas City, MO.

Ms. Caldwell is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will continue teaching Kindergarten in 2017-2018.  She has a B.S. in Education from University of Central Missouri and has taught Kindergarten in other settings for 7 years prior to joining us.  Ms. Caldwell is a member of the Family Engagement Team for CWCKC.

Ms. Gibbs is beginning her second year at CWCKC and continue teaching Kindergarten in 2017-2018.  She has a B.S. from University of St. Mary and an AMS Montessori Certification.  Across her 16-year teaching career, she has worked in early childhood settings including specialized settings for supporting children experiencing trauma.  Ms. Gibbs is a member of the Family Engagement Team for CWCKC.

Ms. Richardson is beginning her second year at CWCKC and will be teaching Kindergarten in 2017-2018.  She has a B.M.E. from University of Missouri Kansas City Music Conservancy.  Prior to joining our team, Ms. Richardson taught elementary music for PK-5th grade, as well as private piano, guitar and voice lessons.

 

Teaching Associates, Kindergarten

                     

 Halle Cooks                   Nicole Gardner                Antoinette Harrington                  

       

 Ina Maliqis                       Beverly Wilson

Ms. Cooks is joining the CWCKC staff for her first year as a Kindergarten Teaching Associate in 2017-2018.  She has studied Early Education at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and has been a Group Leader with the Boys & Girls Club of Kansas City.

Ms. Gardner is beginning her first year at CWCKC and will serve as a Kindergarten Teaching Associate in 2017-2018.  She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University.  Prior to joining us, Ms. Gardner spent three years teaching in a preschool setting as a teacher and assistant director.

Ms. Harrington is beginning her first year at CWCKC and will serve as a Kindergarten Teaching Associate in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. in Education from University of Central Missouri. Her career spans 10 years as a teacher in early childhood settings.

Ms. Maliqis is beginning her first year at CWCKC and will serve as a Kindergarten Teaching Associate in 2017-2018. She has a B.A. in Communications from Kansas State University.

Ms. Wilson is beginning her second year at CWCKC and is returning as a Kindergarten Teaching Associate in 2017-2018.  She has a B.A. in Education from the University of La Verne.  Prior to joining our team, Ms. Wilson had a career as a substitute teacher as well as working within the L.I.N.C. after school program.

 

Classroom Aide

Kiarra Simmons


ACE Teachers 

            

        Markeita Bragg                Mimi Dean                        Renee Williams

 

            

       Danielle Wilson                


Custodians

       

 Alexandra Horan             Michaela Johnson

Ms. Horan is beginning her first year at CWCKC and will be our daytime custodian in 2017-2018.  She will be well known to our students and faculty because of her past year of service as our meal service provider through Joe Joe’s Catering.  Ms. Horan is a strong team player with experience in management, customer service, and food preparation.

Ms. Johnson is also starting her first year at CWCKC and will be our evening custodian in 2017-2018.  Ms. Johnson is currently pursuing a dual bachelors in Piano & Chemistry at UMKC and plans to graduate in the spring.  She also is a Team Leader in Jumpstart, which implements literacy curriculum in preschool classrooms of underprivileged populations in the KC area.