KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 2, 2015) — The Kauffman Foundation has unveiled the list of 12 educators who will embark on self-designed odysseys as Kansas City’s 2015 Fund for Teachers Fellows. Selected through a rigorous application process, the Fellows will travel this summer to destinations such as Cambodia, Swaziland and Harlem to pursue skills and knowledge that will transform their careers and classrooms for years to come.
Fund for Teachers is a national program that enriches the personal and professional growth of K-12 educators. This is the second year the Kauffman Foundation has brought Fund for Teachers to Kansas City to offer professional development for educators and retain and attract stellar teachers.
“We know that teachers are the biggest lever to increase student achievement,” explained Corey Scholes, the Kauffman Foundation’s director of education, “and Fund for Teachers allows them to dream big. This is a unique opportunity for teachers to determine for themselves the what, where, when and how that they need, in order to hone their craft — all to better connect students to the curriculum.”
Kansas City's 2015 Fund for Teachers Fellows are:
The Fellows will work on the following projects:
Randi McCreary, Académie Lafayette
Robin Talley, Académie Lafayette
Princeston Grayson, African-Centered Prep Elementary (Kansas City Public Schools); Karis Parker, Spring Valley Elementary (Raytown Public Schools)
Isao Osuga Chapa, Samuel Yi, Alta Vista Charter School (Guadalupe Education System)
Takiyah Olatunbosun, Crossroads Academy of Kansas City
Mary Powers, Crossroads Academy of Kansas City; Kathleen Cerve, Pathway Academy
Michael Jonagan, Ewing Marion Kauffman School
Alaina Mayfield, Hogan Preparatory Academy
Christine Everhart, Nativity of Mary (KC-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese)
Kristen Holmes, Westridge Middle School (Shawnee Mission School District)
The application process for 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows will open Oct. 1, 2015.