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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.

Welcoming KCPS Athletic Director Lee Meyers

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KCPS Athletic Director Lee Meyers has spent more than 33 years in secondary education, 13 as a teacher and 20 as an administrator. He graduated from Pittsburg State University and holds a master’s degree and a leadership degree from Baker University. As an educator, he led clubs and activities, including Future Teachers, and brought programs such as Read 180 and AVID to his schools.

Mr. Meyers also has 30 years of coaching experience. As a player, his team won the 1983 National Championship in junior college football at Coffeyville Community College, where he was named defensive MVP. He received a scholarship to play at Wake Forest and spent his final year at Pitt State. In addition to football, he has coached basketball, track and baseball.

Mr. Meyers has two children and two bonus children with his wife, Tammy, as well as four grandchildren. He is very excited to be back in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was born and spent his early years.