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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.

Kayla McClellan Named Regional Teacher of the Year

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Kayla McClellan, center, has been selected as a 2023 Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year. She was recognized at the Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors meeting by Vice Chair Jennifer Wolfsie, left, and Interim Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier, right.
 

Congratulations to 2022 KCPS Teacher of the Year Kayla McClellan, who has been selected as a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year!

Ms. McClellan teaches AVID and American History at Lincoln Middle School and was honored at the Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, Board of Directors meeting.

"She attended an HBCU, and she is representing them tonight, Grambling State University," said KCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier. "That's where her professors inspired her to be a teacher — the kind of teacher she actually needed."

After receiving a standing ovation, Ms. McClellan explained that she was dressed in her college gear for "College Wednesday," a Lincoln Middle program to highlight and elevate college attendance.

Sponsored by the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, the KCPS Teacher of the Year program recognizes the contributions of extraordinary classroom teachers in every school. 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.