Schools Honor Their 2018 Teachers of the Year

KCPS Teacher and Principal of the Year to be announced at April 12 banquet


Kansas City, March 22, 2018:  Kansas City Public Schools is ready to honor the architects of success who lead the way in making sure that every student has access to a world-class education and is prepared to thrive in the 21st century global economy.

The following educators were recently selected by their peers and supervisors to represent their schools as 2018 building-level Teachers of the Year:

  • African-Centered College Preparatory Academy Lower Campus – Trena Tresvant
  • Benjamin Banneker Elementary School – LaTanya Handy
  • Border Star Montessori School – Elba Lands-Hanke
  • Carver Dual Language Elementary – Providencia Rivera
  • Central Academy of Excellence – Osmond Fisher
  • Central Middle School – Arjun Ravindran
  • East High School – Mary Meyer
  • Faxon Elementary School – Regina Burnside
  • Foreign Language Academy – Arica Walton Nunez
  • Primitivo Garcia Elementary School – Terry Ammons
  • Garfield Elementary School – Tina Duvall
  • Gladstone Elementary School – Lindsey Dumolt
  • Hale Cook Elementary School – Jasmine Ramage
  • Hartman Elementary School – Linda Lockett
  • Harold Holliday Montessori School – Martha Dean
  • James Elementary School – Elowese Jenkins
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School – Constance Powell
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy – Suzanne Clizer
  • Longfellow Elementary School – Lindsey Lopez
  • Manual Career & Technical Center – Harold Smith, Jr.
  • George Melcher Elementary School – Sandra Dixon
  • Northeast High School – Michelle Muller
  • Northeast Middle School – Katharine Bruns
  • Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts – Sheree Yoder
  • Phillips Elementary School – Joyce Neal
  • Pitcher Elementary School – Felicia Bowles
  • Richardson Early Learning – Cheryl Fisher
  • A. Rogers Elementary School – Meagan Khatthaname
  • Southeast High School – Christin Collins
  • Success Academy at Anderson – Sparcle James
  • Trailwoods Elementary School – Stephanie Baker
  • Troost Elementary School – Mary White
  • Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School – Alyssa Gandy
  • Whittier Elementary School – Izzibeth Newby
  • Woodland Early Learning – Kesha McLennan

Each of these school Teachers of the Year will be recognized with photos and profiles on the KCPS news blog, The Plug, available at

The major purpose of the KCPS Teacher of the Year program is to recognize the contributions of the classroom teacher. Teacher quality and effectiveness are the most important factors that impact student learning. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than does the teacher, who creates the learning environment where children flourish and grow. The mission of the KCPS Teacher of the Year Program is to honor, promote and celebrate excellence in the teaching profession.

The KCPS Teacher of the Year serves as a spokesperson for the school system. This is a role that comes with enormous responsibility. The Teacher of the Year will find that many new doors will open and many new ears will hear his or her message concerning education issues. The Teacher of the Year represents the entire teaching profession in KCPS.

After being named to represent their schools, these teachers submitted nomination packets for the KCPS Teacher of the Year Award. Three finalists were then selected based on a scoring rubric established for the state-level award: Arjun Ravindran (a math teacher at Central Middle School), Lindsey Dumolt (a first-grade teacher at Gladstone Elementary School) and Michelle Muller (an English-language arts teacher at Northeast Middle School).

KCPS also named three Principal of the Year finalists, based on nominations from the school system’s Division of Academics: East High School Principal Luis Hinojosa, Hale Cook Elementary School Principal Julie Lynch and Hartman Elementary School Principal Jessie Kirksey.

The winning 2018 KCPS Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year will be revealed during an invitation-only, “Architects of Success”-themed banquet and ceremony on Thursday, April 12 at the Kauffman Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo. This gala event is sponsored by the KCPS Education Foundation and will include tributes to all of the Principal of the Year finalists and school Teachers of the Year, plus thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes for the winners and runners-up.