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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. 

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 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.

Newcomer Family and Community Engagement and Support

The Office of Newcomer Family and Community Engagement and Support promotes the educational success of ELs by facilitating inclusion, engagement and support of linguistically diverse students and families.

Our five Family and Community Liaisons act as cultural brokers between EL families and schools in addition to being interpreters and translators.  Services are provided in Somali, Spanish, Karen, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French, Kirundi, Kinyamulenge and Dari. The Newcomer and Migrant Clinician provides social-emotional support and wrap-around services to EL students and their families.  Services are primarily available to immigrant and refugee students who have lived in the US less than 5 years. 

Additionally, the Office:

  • Supports identification and enrollment of ELs
  • Collaborates with community partners
  • Provides crisis intervention and support
  • Manages Title 1c Migrant Education services 

Office Programs and Initiatives  

  • Voiance Language Line and other interpreter services
  • Newcomer Education Orientation
Board of Education

Jami Evans Arreola
Newcomer Community Coordinator
(816) 418-8916
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 317B

Anab Aden
Somali Family and Community Liaison
(816) 418-8938
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 318

August Baw
Karen and Burmese Family and Community Liaison
(816) 418-8918
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 318 

Mirna Anaya
Spanish-speaking Newcomer Family and Community Liaison
(816) 418-8921
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 318 

Nteziryayo Kadomo
Congolese Family and Community Liaison
(816) 418-3467
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 318 

Quman Jama
Somali Family and Community Liaison
(816) 418-3449
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 318

Mykebeleca (Alfred) Lutengya
Congolese Family and Community Liaison
(816) 418-3467
Email

Farzana Farzad
Dari Family and Community Liaison
(816) 914-3966
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Lindsey McLaughlin
Newcomer and Migrant Social Worker
(816) 418-5294
Email
International Welcome Center, Room 303 

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