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KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

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Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

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With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

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On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year is 'Ideal Educator'

Kayla McClellan is the 2022 Lincoln Middle School Teacher of the Year and one of three finalists for 2022 KCPS Teacher of the


Congratulations to Kayla McClellan, 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year! Ms. McClellan teaches AVID and American History at Lincoln Middle School.

In her application, Ms. McClellan described herself as the "ultimate hype woman" for her students. She draws on her own experiences in KCPS to motivate her students.

WATCH: 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year Kayla McClellan

“I went to Lincoln Middle, and I was demitted in eighth grade, second semester,” Ms. McClellan said. “So returning to KCPS and returning to this building in this position, it speaks volumes about what KCPS can produce and what amazing people they have.”

According to Ms. McClellan, her trajectory changed when she was admitted to Grambling State University, a historically black college (HBCU) in Louisiana, where she studied history.

“I realized how important representation, or the lack thereof, had affected me as a student,” Ms. McClellan said. “I was encouraged, affirmed, and corrected when necessary by amazing professors, and I knew then that I would become a teacher.”

Ms. McClellan received a bachelor’s degree from Grambling and a master’s from Mississippi State University before returning to Kansas City to teach. In AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination), she helps students build the organizational and study skills they’ll need to be successful in high school, college and jobs.
 

A young Black woman in a sweater vest stands in at the front of a classroom. There is lots written on the whiteboard.

In Kayla McClellan's AVID class at Lincoln Middle School, students learn the WICOR method: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. These organization and study skills help them in high school, college and jobs.
 

"When I don't understand an assignment, Ms. McClellan will explain it a different way so I can know what I need to do to get the rest of the work done,” eighth grader Saih’Tam Simpson said.

Saih’Tam’s classmate, Selena Fahnestock, said she’s a better notetaker thanks to AVID and Ms. McClellan.

“She has taught us how to manage our time, which is something I personally struggle with,” Selena said. “If not for AVID, I’d likely be 10 times more nervous than I am right now.”

Lincoln Middle Principal Mary Bachkora said she jumped at the chance to hire Ms. McClellan, who had been teaching at Northeast Middle School.

“She’s a role model for teachers and students as well. She is the ideal educator in my mind,” Principal Bachkora said.

McClellan said she is teaching her students how to advocate for themselves, like her teachers once did.

“I love this place, and I’m so happy to be here,” she said.

 

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