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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.

KCPS Terrific Teammates Make Our District Great

KCPS is excited to announce this quarter's Terrific Teammates! Nicole Allan and Brendon Thiry were recognized at the Sept. 14, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors "On the Road" meeting at Southeast High School. Congratulations, Mrs. Allan and Mr. Thiry!


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Nicole Allan is a Trauma Sensitive School Clinician at J.A. Rogers and Whittier Elementary. Mrs. Allan is always looking to make J.A. Rogers a better place for its students, families and staff. She is a highly involved member of the PBIS, Trauma and MTSS teams and is constantly coming up with fantastic ideas to improve school climate. Mrs. Allen has a wealth of knowledge regarding student behavior and does whatever is necessary to ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful! Mrs. Allan divides her time between two schools, and she goes above and beyond each day.  


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Brendon Thiry is a teacher at Global Academy and constantly looks for new, innovative approaches to work with immigrant and refugee students. He is incredibly responsive to students’ social-emotional needs. Mr. Thiry seeks out additional resources by applying for grants to enhance his work. He leads mindfulness lessons and is always willing to chip in and share ideas with others. Mr. Thiry is a terrific teammate, and his students and families are lucky to have him.