Founding Principal of Kauffman School Promoted to CEO

Hannah Lofthus will guide Kansas City charter school in advancing its mission to create college graduates

(Kansas City, Mo.) March 3, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School today announced the promotion of the school's founding principal and chief academic officer, Hannah Lofthus, to the role of chief executive officer. Lofthus will continue as principal as she fully transitions to the CEO role over the next several months.

"The board believes this decision puts the strongest and best leader for the school in place, while providing continuity of leadership, culture and expectations to staff, families and students," said board chairman Robert Strom.

Lofthus has been an integral leader of the Kauffman School since well before it opened its doors to students in August 2011.

In the year prior to the school's opening, Lofthus worked with Kauffman Foundation senior education leaders to conduct extensive research into successful charter schools and systems across the United States.

She also established the academic and cultural vision for the Kauffman School, the nation's first public charter school operated by a private foundation.

Lofthus grew up in Kansas City and is an alumna of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed the Master of Science for Teachers program at Pace University and also holds a Master of Education degree from National Louis University.

Lofthus is an alumna of Teach For America. Prior to joining the Kauffman School, Lofthus was a KIPP Fisher Fellowship Partner Founder. She worked at Leadership Preparatory Charter School (part of the Uncommon Schools network) in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, N.Y., and University Academy Charter School in Kansas City.

The public, tuition-free Kauffman School, located at 63rd Street and The Paseo, is open to families living within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools.

Enrolling a new fifth-grade class each year, the school will serve 1,100 students in grades 5 through 12 at full capacity. Its college-preparatory curriculum is designed to accelerate student achievement in reading, math and science and prepare students to succeed in college and life.

The Kauffman School is enrolling fifth-grade students for the 2014-15 school year through March 7 at

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman School
The Kauffman School is a rigorous college-preparatory charter school in Kansas City, Missouri, ultimately serving grades 5 through 12. The purpose of the school is to create college graduates. The Kauffman School is located at 6401 The Paseo, Kansas City, Mo. 64131.