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John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

Language Services & Cultural Equity

The Department of Language Services & Cultural Equity provides leadership, resources and opportunities for linguistically and culturally diverse English Learners (ELs) and their families.  Our Department operationalizes the KCPS Strategic Plan and the KCPS Board Equity Policy through the programs and services provided by the two department offices: the Office of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the Office of Newcomer Family and Community Engagement and Support. 

Vision 

The Department of Language Services & Cultural Equity prepares global citizens and expands opportunities for all KCPS students to become bilingual and biliterate.

Additionally, the Department: 

  • Develops student leaders through culturally and linguistically responsive instruction paired with culturally relevant family and community engagement.
  • Provides all English Language Learners with a high quality, academic education that prepares them to be lifelong learners.
  • Fosters multilingual communication and collaboration between staff, students, and families within the KCPS system and community.

Offices

Office of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 
Office of Newcomer Family and Community Engagement and Support 

Board of Education

Allyson Hile, Director of Language Services and Cultural Equity
(816) 418-5287 office
(816)582-0673 cell
ahile@kcpublicschools.org

711 Woodland Avenue
2nd Floor
KC MO 64106