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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.

Luis Hinojosa Named Pitcher Elementary Principal

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KCPS is excited to announce that Mr. Luis Hinojosa has been named principal of Pitcher Elementary. Mr. Hinojosa is, of course, a familiar face after spending five years at East High School and five years at Whittier Elementary.

Mr. Hinojosa has experience as a middle school teacher, high school assistant principal, elementary principal and college instructor. He was named 2018 KCPS Principal of the Year. He loves KCPS and believes a principal’s job is to shine a light on student achievement. He is excited to return to elementary education and wants to continue to advance achievement at Pitcher.

“Building relationships with students and staff is important to me,” Mr. Hinojosa said. “Having the opportunity to work at Pitcher is something I will not take for granted. Our district has made great strides the past few years and Pitcher has been part of that success. It is my responsibility to help Pitcher to continue along the path it has etched consistently each year — including helping Pitcher Eagles become the best East Bears they can be!”

Mr. Hinojosa is currently finishing his doctorate at the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Megan, have three children: Sam, Tanner and Anna. They also have two dogs: a German shepherd named Jasmine and a Great Dane named East!