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Blueprint 2030: Help KCPS Set Goals for the Future

We’re asking staff members, students, parents/guardians and others to join us in providing feedback by participating in our Thoughtexchange platform. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to offer their responses to questions about the future of our schools.

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.

Zoom Across America

The Greater Kansas City Links Chapter is partnering with school systems across the metro to host Zoom reading sessions for kindergarten - third grade students in honor of Read Across America Week, the nation’s largest celebration of reading.

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 Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

Raymond Weikal

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.

Kristen Dua 

Kristen Dua is a Trauma Sensitive School Clinician at Success Academy at Anderson. 

Ms. Dua takes such good care of all the Success Academy at Anderson students. She helps them with things like getting logged into class, issues with their peers and families, or finding food for their families.  

Ms. Dua is also innovative. She started a newsletter called "Community Cares & Shares."  It includes valuable information about resources for families in Kansas City. She started a series of professional development events entitled “Resilient School Series.” It focuses on trauma and how to help students and teachers have wraparound support for those who have gone through trauma or who are exposed second-hand. 

Ms. Dua takes care of her Anderson teammates, too. Many staff members call her if they need help with school or home issues. She is like a warm hug!  She is empathetic, but she can also help come up with ways to make things better. She pushes the staff to check-in and be authentic, and this helps the staff be more like a family. 

“She treats each student with the utmost respect and heartfelt love. She goes to bat for them, and the students trust her and what she tells them.”

Terrific Teammates Nomination

Tina Duvall 

Tina Duvall teaches fourth grade for the Kansas City Virtual Academy. 

Ms. Duvall is always willing to share anything and she works very hard to make sure her students are successful. She also tries to make it fun for her students to learn new skills. For instance, she taught her students how to create virtual pets, which gives them practice at copying and pasting, drag and drop, and resizing images. 

“She is always willing to hop on a Teams meeting to help her teammates with a problem.”

Terrific Teammates Nomination

Bethanie Pagel

Bethanie Pagel teaches third grade at Primitivo Garcia Elementary School. 

This is Ms. Pagel's first year in the district and second year teaching overall. However, the level of support she has shown her students is unprecedented. Ms. Pagel has done home visits with all her students where she has given them supplies, snacks and more from her own wallet. She has mailed student prizes to keep their morale up and she has kept in constant communication with families.  

“The level of dedication Ms. Pagel has shown her students at such an early point in her career has been truly inspiring.”

Terrific Teammates Nomination