Thirty nine new teacher residents ready to start work in Kansas City district and charter schools this fall

Innovative program modeled from medical residencies prepares aspiring teachers to become effective urban educators

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 22, 2016) In cities across the country, urban teacher residencies have been successful in training new teachers to enter the field and retaining them in the classroom. Now Kansas City has its first group of teacher residents who will start work this fall under the leadership of master teachers in schools across the metro.

The group was introduced for the first time at a kick-off event at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Charles King, Kansas City Teacher Residency’s (KCTR) executive director, pointed out the residents’ various backgrounds and professional experiences. Some are recent college graduates, some are career changers. More than a third of the residents are men.

King also hailed the racial diversity of the new residents. In 2014, only 5 percent of teachers in Missouri were people of color. In the first group of teacher residents, 46 percent are people of color.

“That’s something we are extremely proud of,” said King. “It’s important that our teacher residents reflect the rich diversity of Kansas City and the students they will be teaching. We believe that distinguishes us from traditional teacher training programs and helps make an immediate impact on students.”

In other good news for KCTR, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently approved KCTR as a teacher certifying agency, the first non-institute of higher education to receive such approval in Missouri. This means teacher residents can become certified teachers directly through KCTR instead of through a separate higher education institution.

Below is the list of 39 new teacher residents, listed by area of specialty and the schools to which they will be assigned (school matches are forthcoming).

Early Childhood Education

Ervin Early Learning Center (Hickman Mills School District); Faxon Elementary (Kansas City Public Schools), KIPP-Endeavor Academy; University Academy

  • Adam Baker
  • Emily Frost
  • Tabitha Harris
  • Brittney Harvey
  • Danielle Kaley
  • Colleen Lucas
  • Julie Magana
  • Kemora Williams


Crestview Elementary (North Kansas City Schools); Crossroads Academy; KIPP-Endeavor Academy; Rogers Elementary (Kansas City Public Schools)

  • Fiona Carmody
  • Nicole Johnson
  • Kimani Kerr
  • Lindsey Lopez
  • Kenny Park
  • Markeeda Scott
  • Gerald Turner
  • Alecia Winston
  • Gaston Woodland
  • Kathryn Zubia

Middle School English and Language Arts

Crossroads Academy; Eastgate Middle School (North Kansas City Schools); Ewing Marion Kauffman School; KIPP-Endeavor Academy; Northeast Middle School (Kansas City Public Schools); Scuola Vita Nuova

  • Kameron Berkley
  • Stephanie Carlson
  • Vincent Gunnels
  • Eric Haynes
  • Erin Nielsen
  • Lauren Rodriguez-Celestin
  • Paula Rose
  • Molly Schmeidler
  • Kimberly White

Middle School Math

Central Middle School (Kansas City Public Schools); Crossroads Academy; Ewing Marion Kauffman School; Eastgate Middle School (North Kansas City Schools); KIPP-Endeavor Academy; Northeast Middle School (Kansas City Public Schools); University Academy

  • Chelsea Cravens
  • Patrick Dove
  • Shine Fischer
  • Katie Hendricks
  • Tawar Khalandi
  • Attu Patel
  • Michael Shode

Middle School Science

Central Middle School (Kansas City Public Schools); Eastgate Middle School (North Kansas City Schools); Ewing Marion Kauffman School; Scuola Vita Nuova

  • John Haley
  • Caitlin Ireland
  • Rashad Lartey
  • Rob Powell-Deppe
  • Zachary Rusconi

About the Kansas City Teacher Residency

The Kansas City Teacher Residency's mission is to recruit, prepare, develop and support effective teachers in classrooms across Kansas City. Our end goal is to help students achieve strong academic gains by retaining exceptional teachers that reflect the rich diversity of metro KC.

The residency program is a direct response to the challenge of teacher shortages in urban cities like Kansas City. In collaboration with partner schools and districts, KCTR will prepare teachers to make an immediate impact on students. Learn more at or follow @KCTres on Twitter.