Luis Cordoba is the Executive Director of Student Intervention Programs for Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS). He joined the district in February 2010.
Cordoba was born in Mexico and reared among some of the toughest gangs in East Los Angeles, Calif. As a former California Highway Patrol Officer, Cordoba worked in gang-infested territories of Los Angeles. During that time, he learned the consequences of negative peer pressure and shares that experience today with the youth in gangs. In overcoming lifelong prejudices and stereotypes, he focuses on changing that dilemma for our children today.
Cordoba volunteers his time teaching race relations at the Kansas City Police Department cadet classes and is a former appointed member to the Kansas City, Missouri Mayor’s Commission on Violent Crimes. As a result of his experiences, Cordoba has been an invited speaker in over 300 national presentations.
In 1988 he moved to Missouri and continued his work with high-risk youth and gang members. He has utilized his bilingual skills to help overcome social degradation in Latino communities. Cordoba is an international and Missouri-certified Substance Abuse Counselor II with a Bachelor’s degree in Addictions counseling from Ottawa University in Kansas. He is also licensed as a drug and alcohol counselor in the State of Kansas.
Cordoba completed his Doctoral degree in Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from Kansas State University with a multicultural emphasis in urban settings.
Cordoba is a former member of the Missouri Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Luis served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Missouri, teaching multicultural studies, as a national consultant on the Safe Schools Healthy Student Initiative, managing 10 major public schools in a 10-state region area. Luis has served on many national organizations such as the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, Boston, Mass.; State Justice Institute-Office of Juvenile Programs; Juvenile Drug Court Focus Group, American University, Washington, D.C.; and served in a consultant capacity for the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, Washington, D.C.
Office of Student Intervention ensures each student and family is afforded due process. Parents electing to file a complaint can do so by calling (816) 418-7332. Office of Student Intervention Programs strives to resolve each reported complaint within 48 hours of the initial call. Although complaints may take longer to resolve, the parent will be ensured a response to his/her complaint. It is recommended that parent contact the school administrator first to resolve the problem. If the problem has not been resolved after initial contact with the school administrator, then the Office of Student Intervention Programs will become involved in resolving the reported complaint.