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LaTanya Handy

“There is no other option but to change the very children’s lives that we teach by giving them a quality education.” 

First Grade Teacher 
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School 

Join the team making a difference, one student at a time.

The educational landscape has changed, not just in Kansas City but also across the nation. At Kansas City Public Schools, we are searching for professionals ready to make a positive difference. 

We are searching for teachers who are ready to share their love of learning with the next generation of leaders. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about the community and making a difference. And we are hiring leaders who want to grow within their career, affect positive change in the students and the community they serve as well as think outside the box to make Kansas City the best place to live.  

ARE YOU READY to join the KCPS family? 


Home to happy, successful teachers.

At KCPS and within the Kansas City metropolitan area, we offer a world-class education to more than 15,000 students Pre-K through 12th grade. With more than 2,100 teachers and administrators, our school district serves a rich, multi-ethnic, diverse mix of students and families throughout Kansas City.  

Affordable Healthcare and Competitive Benefits. 
KCPS offers a highly competitive salary benefits package for employees including medical, dental, long and short-term disability, life insurance, retirement plans, health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, deferred compensation plans and an employee assistance program.  

Enjoy participating in 5K races? Check out our KCPS Benefits and Wellness Program! A resource for employees to take an active role in managing their health, the Benefits and Wellness Program continually searches for ways to keep the team healthy AND happy. More than just wellness tips, the Benefits and Wellness Program hosts free programs for employees throughout the year. 

Saw Mya Kay Thi Lowe

“I believe providing quality, modified instruction to ELL students is extremely important. ELL students come from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds and have very different language proficiency levels. It’s important to provide support and resources to students, teachers and families to help them succeed socially and academically in school.” 

K-6 English Language Learner Teacher 
Faxon Elementary School

Joseph Conaghan

“The kids in Kansas City are amazing, resilient and talented and they need every chance to share their gifts. I felt called to make the jump to teaching to help shape not only the future of our students, but also the future of our great city.” 

Third Grade Teacher 
Primitivo Garcia Elementary School 

Promoting classroom success.

We understand teaching is a team effort and we don’t expect everyone to come into our district with all of the answers. Teachers who are new to their field, as well as new to the Kansas City landscape, are provided a mentor as a guide throughout their teaching journey. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a friendly face to ask questions, share ideas and brainstorm. School leadership and teaching leads manage professional learning at the team and building levels helping staff to focus on specific school goals and even mentor or coach one another. 

Mentoring Teachers for Ongoing Success. 
At KCPS, we developed a teacher mentoring plan to assist teachers new to their field or new to the Kansas City landscape. A comprehensive training plan, the Induction Program is designed to provide additional support as a guide through the teaching journey. The program not only supports new teachers, but also promotes ongoing professional development for the KCPS educator family.  

Curriculum Support. 
Our Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development team (CIPD) was developed to provide comprehensive instructional support for every teacher in every building. Curriculum coordinators for both elementary and secondary schools developed course studies specific to Missouri state standards, helping teachers meet state goals. CIPD offers on-going professional development courses as well as supports individual teachers within the classroom. 

Plus, each summer KCPS hosts a Teacher Institute – three days packed full of guest speakers, breakout sessions, professional development and more. 

Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium - Photo courtesy of Visit KC at

An Affordable Place to Call Home.

More than amazing barbeque and world-class art museums, Kansas City is also an affordable place to call home. From housing to groceries to transportation and more, Kansas City is one of the most affordable cities in the nation with a cost of living 2.5% less than the national average. 

Of the 40 large cities survey, Kansas City is ranked seventh for the most affordable single-family homes for the working class. In addition, renting an apartment in the city and the surrounding metropolitan area is well below national average rates. According to the Cost of Living Index 2015, Kansas City is ranked #11 for best median individual income compared to peer cities.  

Union Station

Union Station - Photo courtesy of Visit KC at

We are Kansas City.

Kansas City is a unique, vibrant city full of top-notch parks, amazing communities, world-class art museums, live performance venues and so much more. With a low cost-of-living, Kansas City and its surrounding suburbs offer housing for loft living, single family, multi-family, spacious estates and many other options for just about every family need.  

Love sports? Kansas City is home to football, baseball, major league soccer, minor league hockey and much more! Plus, the Kansas Speedway hosts a variety of NASCAR and other racing events throughout the year. 

While Kansas City is best known for barbecue, the food scene offers a rapidly growing repertoire of cuisines from across the world. KC’s annual Restaurant Week brings diners from across the region to try new food in 200 local restaurants all in an effort to benefit local charities. 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and the Kansas City Art Institute bring the arts to life. Families can enjoy LegoLand, Sea Life Aquarium and the Kansas City Zoo. Named a Top 20 affordable place to live by the “US News & World Report”, Kansas City is a top destination to live and work. 

Contact Our Team

Ritchie Cherry

Recruiting & Retention Coordinator