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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.

Montessori Principal Recognized as Outstanding Administrator

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KCPS is excited to announce this quarter's Outstanding Administrator! KaLinda Bass-Barlow is principal at Border Star and Holliday Montessori. Teachers recognize Ms. Bass-Barlow's passion about the work, and she has transformed the Montessori program in KCPS. The school offers a ton of information about Montessori education and supports families in applying Montessori techniques at home. Ms. Bass-Barlow has established a culture of support and care in her buildings.

Ms. Bass-Barlow was recognized at the Sept. 14, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors "On the Road" meeting at Southeast High School. Congratulations, Ms. Bass-Barlow! You are truly an Outstanding Administrator!