Mr. Brennan joined the CWCKC team in October 2015, just prior to the school receiving its charter. Throughout the planning year (2015-16), Ryan worked closely with the build-out team to bring the vision of a bright, joyful campus staffed with an experienced and passionate educational team to fruition. Ryan supports the school in the areas of finance, recruitment/enrollment, human resources, school operations/administration, and strategic planning support. Ryan has also works closely with our Board, Sponsor, and Department of Education to ensure compliance across all areas of operations. Ryan earned an MBA from Colorado Christian University and a BS in Business Administration from Colorado State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Ms. Caldwell is beginning her fourth year at CWC Kansas City and will co-teach Kindergarten in 2019-2020. In her new role as Director of Family Learning, Karnissa will create family clubs, activities, and events to support student learning and growth. She has a B.S. in Education fro the University of Central Missouri and taught Kindergarten in other settings for 7 years prior to joining CWCKC.
Mr. Johnson is one of the founding parents of the Midtown Community School Initiative, the grassroots group of parents that partnered with CWCS to bring its innovative school model to their Kansas City community. Andrew helped support the school’s launch in various ways over the past five years and now supports the collaborative work among teachers, parents, and community members. His role at the school includes community engagement, communications, and implementing Restorative Justice practices. Prior to CWCKC, Andrew served as Executive Director of Pilgrim Center, taught composition courses at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and worked in program development and community engagement at Harvesters (Kansas City’s food bank). Andrew is also a freelance writer who has published in various literary journals and newspapers including Crazyhorse, Guernica Daily, the Kansas City Star, and elsewhere. Andrew earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and a BA in Communication from William Jewell College.
Ms. Murphy is beginning her fourthyear at CWCKC and will continue to lead our Student Services team in 2019-2020. She has a B.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Across her 10-year career, she has worked with special needs students from Kindergarten through High School.
Mr. Taylor is beginning his third year at CWCKC and will serve as Director of ACE in 2019-2020. He has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the 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.
Ms. Quance is heading into her fourth year at CWCKC. She has spent over 12 years working in education and youth development, including 6 years in the classroom as a middle school math teacher. Ms. Quance has taught both locally in Kansas City, Kansas and at an Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins, Colorado. She earned a B.A. from Grinnell College and a Masters in Community Development from the University of California Davis.
Ms. Derakhshanian joined the CWCKC team in March 2019 and is well suited, and excited, to help manage the operations of the school. Her career demonstrates that she’s passionate to help others and build communities. She most recently served the Kansas Homeless Coalition where she supported and led the statewide network of homeless services programs for 7 years. Raised in South Kansas City, Natasha moved to Midtown in 2002 while pursuing her Business & Information Systems B.S. Degree from DeVry University. She loves to sew, embroider, play violin, volunteer, bake and spend time with her friends and family.
Ms. Mills joined the CWCKC team in April 2019. She is passionate about building strong communities and learning people’s stories. Her professional background has been fund-raising/development for the homeless community at the HALO Foundation and City Union Mission and operations within urban education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School. Growing up in Shawnee, KS, graduating from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and living in Midtown since 2013, Ms. Mills loves all things Kansas City. Outside of work, she loves reading, baking, playing sand volleyball, and especially hanging out with friends and meeting new people.