Kauffman Foundation Announces Kansas City’s 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows

National program allows Kansas City educators to embark on professional development opportunities around the world

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 5, 2016)— Twenty-four teachers from 12 local schools received a big surprise this morning when representatives from the Kauffman Foundation visited their classrooms to announce that they had been selected as 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows.  

The new Fellows will participate this summer in self-designed professional development projects in locations across the globe to gain knowledge that will enhance their teaching careers and their students’ academic lives. Seven of the teachers are working together on a fellowship to learn Spanish and develop cultural skills in Guatemala to provide better services and education for families of students who are English language learners. Others are exploring school design in the United Kingdom, attending creativity workshops in Barcelona, Spain, and researching climate change at several national parks in the United States.

Fund for Teachers is a national program that enriches the personal and professional growth of preK-12 teachers by investing in their ideas for relevant learning that has the greatest impact on their careers, students and school communities.

“Fund for Teachers and the Kauffman Foundation share a goal to improve student achievement, and we are inspired by these educators and their commitment to Kansas City’s young people,” said Corey Scholes, the Kauffman Foundation’s director of education, “These Fellows will have the opportunity to experience international cultures, learn new skills and develop curriculum that will positively impact their classrooms for years to come.”

Kansas City’s 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows are (grouped by project):

  • Shayla Aranda, Amber Block, Vonnchet Clark and Andrea Davis of Academy for Integrated Arts
  • Sarah Giesler, Mary Claire Gustafson and Michael Meaney of Alta Vista Charter High School
  • Tieranni Potts of Boone High School
  • Amanda Niedzwiecki of Carver Dual Language School
  • Amy Carr of Center Elementary School
  • Liz Spangler of Crossroad Academy
  • Sarah Cooper and Elisabeth Loeck of Kauffman School
  • Rita Galle, Taina Maristela and Christian Nord of Indian Creek Elementary School
  • Justin Alt of KIPP Endeavor Academy
  • Beth Eastman and Suzanne Turner of Red Bridge Elementary School
  • Skylar Hurst and Nicole Mann of Scuola Vita Nuova
  • Rodney Padilla of Scuola Vita Nuova
  • Nick Pettit of Scuola Vita Nuova
  • Jim Brady of University Academy
  • This is the third year the Kauffman Foundation sponsored Fund for Teachers in Kansas City. More than three dozen Kauffman-supported teachers at 20 schools throughout the city have been named Fund for Teachers Fellows.