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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.

Ben Richardson Named East High School Interim Principal

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KCPS is excited to announce that Ben Richardson has been named Interim Principal of East High School. This will be Mr. Richardson’s 11th year at East.

Mr. Richardson began his tenure at East High School as a history teacher, boys and girls soccer coach and department chair. For the past five years, he has served as a vice principal. He has been recognized by KCPS as the 2017 East High Teacher of the Year, 2019 KCPS Star Assistant Principal and a 2022 KCPS Outstanding Administrator. He is excited to use his experiences at East High School to continue to serve the school's students, staff and community.

Mr. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Milligan College, a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Kansas. Mr. Richardson was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and is a proud, fifth-generation public school educator. He met his wife, Meg, in Kansas City, and has three children, Katie, James and Nelly.