Twelve Kansas City Educators Chosen for Coveted National Principal Academy Fellowship

In partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education, the Kauffman Foundation created the first Kansas City Leadership Cohort to empower aspiring and current school leaders to drive teacher success and student achievement.

Program aims to transform schools and empower aspiring and current school leaders to drive teacher success and student achievement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 25, 2016) — After a rigorous selection process, 12 local principals and school leaders have been chosen for a prestigious national professional development program.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has partnered with the Relay Graduate School of Education to select the first Kansas City Leadership Cohort. The cohort will participate in a yearlong instructional leadership program through the Relay National Principal Academy Fellowship and receive ongoing professional development in Kansas City.

Chosen for the first cohort are:

  • Jessica Bassett, principal, Attucks Elementary School
  • Nick Burgmeier, teacher and instructional leader, Ewing Marion Kauffman School
  • Kevin Foster, executive director, Genesis School
  • Stacy Heard King, principal, Center Elementary School
  • Devon Teran, vice principal, Alta Vista High School
  • Georgina Leslie, teacher and instructional leader, Ewing Marion Kauffman School
  • Kelly Montgomery, vice principal and dean of instruction, KIPP KC
  • Jo Nemeth, director for elementary schools, Kansas City Public Schools
  • Peter Retsos, principal, Longfellow Elementary School
  • Heather Royce, principal, Academie Lafayette
  • Megan Thompson, teacher and instructional leader, Red Bridge Elementary School
  • John Williams, principal, Central Middle School

"This program both builds the capacity of current principals and creates a bench of future leaders," said Corey Scholes, director of Education at the Kauffman Foundation. "School leaders work extremely hard, and we hope this opportunity helps strengthen their efforts to be effective instructional and cultural leaders for their teams and their students."

The Foundation will induct the 12 school leaders into the program and celebrate with those who nominated them for the program, along with other school partners, at an event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Media are invited to attend. 

Now in its third year, the National Principal Academy Fellowship is training more than 300 leaders from 19 states and 60 school districts to improve the lives of more than 100,000 students across the United States. School leaders attend a two-week summer intensive and four weekend "intersessions" throughout the year.