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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.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Office of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is responsible for providing instructional leadership and resources to support linguistically and culturally diverse English Learners (ELs). English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction is provided to identified students who speak a primary language other than English. The method of instruction depends on the students’ English proficiency and grade level.

Additionally, the Office of English for Speakers of Other Languages Provides: 

  • Professional development support at the classroom, grade-level, school and district level regarding best practices for language acquisition and content comprehension 
  • Inter-departmental collaboration to ensure inclusion and expand equitable opportunities for multilingual students and families 

Office Programs and Initiatives   

Seal of Biliteracy 
SEE-TEL (Strengthening Effective and Equitable Teachers of ELs) National Professional Development Grant with the University of Missouri- St. Louis 

Instructional Models

Board of Education

Staff Members and Contact Info: 

Shandra Foster
LSCE Data Analytst
(816) 418-8665
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 311 

Sharon Hayes
Network 2 ESOL Resource Teacher
(816) 418-8905
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 311 

Sadie Jackson
Network 1 ESOL Resource Teacher
(816) 418-3527
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 311 

Tammy Carter
Network 3 ESOL Teacher
(816) 418-3528
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 311 

Felicia Torres
Assistant Director of LSCE
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 311 

Natalia Rey
LSCE Office Manager
(816) 418-3416
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 317A