Kathyrene Hayes, Vice Principal
Vice Principal Hayes joined the East Team in September 2016. This is her second year as an administrator for East High School. Prior to joining the team, she worked for Central Academy of Excellence and Northeast High School. During her time at Northeast High School and Central Academy of Excellence, she taught Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. After completing her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University, she was promoted to a Vice Principal. Continuing with her education from Northwest Missouri State University, she completed her Educational Specialist Degree.
Ms. Hayes very passionate about education and helping students make the right choices after graduation. She enjoys working with high school students, families and community partners. She understands what it means to provide quality education to all students. She has been in education for nearly 15 years! Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in education from William Woods University and will complete her course work in the Spring of 2018.
Ben Richardson, Vice Principal
Ben Richardson is a Vice Principal at East High School. He was born and raised in Havre de Grace, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. He received his Bachelors degree in History and Secondary Education from Milligan College in Tennessee, and he received his Masters of Education (School Administration) from the University of Kansas. Before becoming an administrator in 2017, Ben taught and coached soccer at East High School. He was the Social Studies department chair, named the 2016 East High School Teacher of the Year, and helped coach the boys and girls soccer teams to district championships. His ultimate goal in education is to be a change agent in a high-performing urban school. He operates under the mantra of "find a way or make one."
In the 2017-2018 school year, Mr. Richardson will be responsible for several different categories. He will be responsible for 9th and 10th grade students, the Innovation Academy career pathway, the English Language Arts teachers and end-of-course test scores, Advisory, teacher Professional Learning Communities, Parent Engagement, and Community Partnerships.
Last, but not least, Mr. Richardson is a husband and a father. He is an athlete, coach, and sports enthusiast. He loves camping and traveling to new places. He combined many of these interests by spending the 2007, 2008, and 2009 summers going to the Dominican Republic to help teach English classes, participate in community projects, run sports camps, and be involved in the local church community of Monte Cristi. He feels fortunate to teach the amazing and diverse students at East High School, and is proud of the accomplishments of the students and teachers.
Bryan Hart, Instructional Coach
Bryan Hart is the Instructional Methods Coach at East, serving students and teachers through the KC-PLUS program. Bryan grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. There he majored in History, while earning his certificate in teaching. Teaching didn’t become a passion for Bryan until through Teach For America, he discovered Kansas City. As a teacher, Bryan helped several classes grow multiple years in reading level, and was grade team chair for a 6th grade that saw the highest ELA and math results in the whole school. Currently Bryan is working to become a transformational school leader who can impact an entire schools’ worth of students and change their educational outcomes. Bryan believes every student can achieve at high levels.
This year at East, Bryan’s main responsibility is observing teachers and giving them feedback to improve their teaching through 1 on 1 coaching. Aside from that Bryan is also overseeing several technological initiatives, including student 1 to 1 technology, athletics, and the 9th grade academy.
On a personal note, Bryan is very excited to be expecting twins in February! He can’t wait to start his Kansas City family with his wife Kristin! Outside of work Bryan spends most of his time with his wife Kristin, and their two dogs, Ewing and Ollie, and their cat, Roo. Bryan’s hobbies include fitness, reading fantasy and sci-fi books, and video games. Bryan and Kristin have been to 12 countries, and love to travel. They intend to see much more of the world in the coming years!