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Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

KCPS Celebrates Church As Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored Friendship Baptist Church as a Community Champion during a School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Honors Six Students As Scholar Superstars

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following students as Scholar Superstars during a virtual School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 10.

KCPS Seeking Feedback from Families with Thoughtexchange

We want to stay connected and hear your questions and ideas about how we should move forward during this pandemic and in this educational landscape. With that in mind, we're asking KCPS families for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan for the future. Please join our “Thoughtexchange” today to share your thoughts and questions.

Pivot International Donates 7,000 Shields to KCPS

Pivot International, a Lenexa, KS-based global leader in product design, development, and manufacturing, has partnered with Kansas City Public Schools to enhance maximal protection for students and staff with a gift of 7,000 safety shields.

Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

Raymond Weikal

We’re thrilled to announce that the following faculty members have been selected as 2021 Teachers of the Year for their schools.

  • African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus: Marquis Hall
  • Banneker Elementary School: Dawn "Valerie" Bolles
  • Border Star Montessori School: Julia McClellan
  • Carver Dual Language School: Emma Boehmer
  • Central High School: David Coop
  • Central Middle School: Stacy Gilson
  • East High School: Jordan Wise
  • Faxon Elementary School: Matthew Peterson
  • Foreign Language Academy: Amalia Lainez (Hughes)
  • Garfield Elementary School: Alissa Goodding
  • George Melcher Elementary School: Lisa Yroz
  • Gladstone Elementary School: Emma (Jones) Seim
  • Hale Cook Elementary School: Carrie Gessling
  • Harold Holliday, Sr. Montessori School: Pamela Singleton
  • J.A. Rogers Elementary School: Katherine Hendrix
  • James Elementary School: Shannan Sharp
  • John T. Hartman Elementary School: Marilyn Iverson
  • Kansas City Virtual Academy – Elementary: Melissa Genson
  • Kansas City Virtual Academy – Secondary: Laura Talboy
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy: Anna Griesbach
  • Lincoln Middle School: Harold Smith
  • Longfellow Elementary School: Brea Smith
  • Manual Career and Technical Center: Thomas Belisle
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School: Stephanie Hawkins
  • Northeast High School: Col. Richard Hilliard
  • Northeast Middle School: Christina Hendrix Dismang
  • Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts: Sharon Mitchell
  • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School: Elizabeth Erwood
  • Pitcher Elementary School: Jennifer Tobaben
  • Primitivo Garcia Elementary School: Jordan Traub
  • Richardson Early Learning Community School: Montoya Adams
  • Southeast High School: Daryl Kearney
  • Success Academy at Anderson: Robert Meade
  • Success Academy at Knotts: Floyd Wilson
  • Trailwoods Elementary School: Emily Ferrara
  • Troost Elementary School: Timothy Nash
  • Wendell Phillips Elementary School: Amy Lawder
  • Whittier Elementary School: Amy Gabriel
  • Woodland Early Learning Community School: Gloria Earl

Congratulations to all of these outstanding educators! Stay tuned to our social media channels over the next four weeks as we honor each of our 2021 school Teachers of the Year.

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Education Foundation

Sponsored by the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, this program recognizes the contributions of extraordinary classroom teachers in every school. Teacher quality and effectiveness are among the most important school-based factors impacting student learning. Teachers create the learning environment where children flourish and grow. The mission of the KCPS Teacher of the Year Recognition Program is to honor, promote and celebrate excellence among our school faculty and help them be recognized at the regional, state and national level.

Each school-level recipient is now in the running for the district-level recognition. They will be honored on Thursday, April 8, during the 2021 KCPS Teacher of the Year Virtual Celebration, when the district winner and two runners-up will be announced.