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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.

New Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

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Kansas City native and career educator LaTanya Franklin is the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She has spent more than 20 years working in local school districts and comes to KCPS from Hickman Mills.

In Hickman Mills, Ms. Franklin supervised elementary principals, supported early learning and district federal programs. Her oversight consisted of leading a Curriculum and Instruction Department that included elementary and secondary schools and programs, early learning programs, professional development and assessment and technology. Under her leadership, the district’s pre-K program won the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 2019 Community IMPACT Award. In 2021, Hickman Mills was designated a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished District.

A highly successful administrator, Ms. Franklin oversaw a district-wide STEAM/PBL expansion, initiated the implementation of a new, standards-based curriculum PK-12 with aligned district benchmark assessments, streamlined multi-tiered systems of support and enhanced the college and career experiences for elementary and secondary students. In addition, she helped to secure a $190,000.00 Kauffman Foundation Individual School Grant to increase academic outcomes for students using a culturally responsive teaching approach. Ms. Franklin’s vision, direction and efforts have served to increase academic achievement for all students, particularly students from historically underrepresented, underserved and marginalized groups.