J.A. Rogers Elementary
In 1995, J.A. Rogers Academy of Liberal Arts opened for middle school students, grades 7 through 9. It received the William W. Caudill Citation Award for interior educational design and the Award of Excellence from American School and University.
Starting with the 2010/11 school year J.A. Rogers Academy became J.A. Rogers Elementary School, serving students K - 6.
J.A. Rogers Elementary is a diverse population of 800+ students in the east Kansas City area. Teachers and staff consist of over 80 people on the premises to help children learn. We happily teach students who come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The school was named after Joel Augustus Rogers (September 6, 1880 – March 26, 1966), a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and historian. He contributed to the history of Africa as well as the history of African Americans in the United States. His academic fields encompassed history, sociology and anthropology. By challenging existing ideas about race, and revealing the connections between civilizations, he became a legendary figure in the promotion of the knowledge of African history in the 20th century.
Dr. Wendy McNitt
Dr. Wendy McNitt is a fourth generation Kansas Citian and has spent the last 17 years as an administrator in the Kansas City Public Schools. She taught 1st grade in the North Kansas City School District and computer science at Central Middle and Lincoln College Prep before beginning her administrative career as the Assistant Student Disciplinary Hearing Officer.
She later was vice principal at Nowlin Middle School, East Elementary and principal at Trailwoods Elementary, East Elementary and currently, J. A. Rogers Elementary School.
She graduated high school from Shawnee Mission North, received an Associates Degree from KCKCJC, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University, a Master of Science from Central Michigan University, an Education Specialist Degree in Education from UMKC and a Doctorate in Urban Leadership from St. Louis University. In her tenure with Kansas City Public Schools, she has also attended the Harvard Institute of School Reform and the University of Virginia/Darden Business School Turn-Around Specialist Program.
Dr. McNitt has two daughters: Allyson, who is working on her Doctorate Degree at the University of Oklahoma, and Erin, who is a jeweler in Kansas City.