The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors recognized and honored the following individuals and partner during its March 9 meeting at the Foreign Language Academy:

Scholar Superstars


Our first Scholar Superstar this month is Emanual Murry, a senior who is taking classes at MCC-Penn Valley through our Early College Academy. His home school is Northeast High School. Mr. Murry is a standout scholar-athlete who has worked hard to get a unique and exciting opportunity to represent the United States in a 10-day international basketball tournament in Europe this summer. His 3.8 grade-point-average and outstanding play for the Vikings attracted the attention of the organization, which extended an invitation to Murry to travel to Germany in June for the United World Games. is comprised of former college coaches. We’re pleased to announce that he has successfully raised the funds he needs to take this trip! We have heard that he is continuing to seek support so that he can bring his mother with him. Of course, this isn’t the only thing Mr. Murry is looking forward to in the next few months. As an ECA student, he will be graduating in May with both a high school diploma and a two-year Associate’s degree. Mr. Murry, we are so proud of you and inspired by your focus and determination. Thank you for being one of our student leaders. We wish you good luck during your trip to Europe and best wishes as you continue to pursue your college and career goals.


Our second – and equally as impressive – Scholar Superstar this month is Kelly Nguyen, a senior at East High School. Ms. Nguyen was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top youth volunteers. She was named a Distinguished Finalist in the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her outstanding efforts to help and comfort the sick. She has volunteered steadily for the past two summers with the youth volunteer program at Truman Medical Center, where she has answered phones, checked schedules and transported patients. Ms. Nguyen, who has chosen to pursue a career in medicine after losing her father to a motorcycle accident and her grandfather to a heart attack, also volunteered last summer at Ronald McDonald House Charities, where she helped plan gardens and make meals for gu¬ests. Ms. Nguyen, your spirit, work ethic and generosity is an amazing example for all of us. Thank you for being a Scholar Superstar. You carry our best wishes and gratitude with you as you do the hard work of cultivating your career in medicine.

Terrific Teammates


Our Certified Terrific Teammate this month is Carmen Hubbard, a resource teacher for the Pylons program. She was nominated for her initiative by her colleague, Princeton Grayson. Ms. Hubbard works with gifted students at Garfield, Carver Dual-Language, African-Centered Prep, Faxon, King and Primitivo Garcia elementary schools. According to Mr. Grayson and Pylons Program Director Anna Blancarte, she is a great team player who consistently takes the lead with creating collaborative lesson plans, updating the Pylons online learning platforms like Prezi and Moodle, and revising data trackers. She brings her authentic self to work everyday and always operates from a student-centered mindset. “Carmen ROCKS!” Mr. Gayson wrote in his nomination. “The Pylons team is grateful to have her.” Ms. Hubbard, thank you for your outstanding service to Kansas City Public Schools.

Our Classified Terrific Teammate is Kenneth Taylor, building manager at Longfellow Elementary School. He was nominated by Principal Peter Retsos, also for showing initiative. Mr. Taylor takes tremendous pride in keeping the building clean, taking care of all of the school’s pets and meeting building expectations. He is a strong positive role model for our students and is another responsible, trusted adult who lives with great integrity and honesty. He has an impressive work ethic and his work is always top quality. Mr. Taylor serves Longfellow Elementary consistently beyond his call of duty, appearing at extracurricular activities to support the school, aiding in projects not defined by his job description and mentoring students who need an ear. Mr. Taylor, thank you for your outstanding service to KCPS.

Do you know a KCPS employee who you think should be honored as a Terrific Teammate? Complete and submit the online nomination form today!

Community Champion


The School Board members honored the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City as a Community Champion for its work to serve KCPS families. Head Consul Alicia Kerber, Deputy Consul Lee Wong Medina and members of their staff were on hand to accept the honor from Board Chair Jon Hile and Interim Superintendent Al Tunis.

The partnership between KCPS and the Consulate is the result of the many interests the two organizations share. One in four KCPS students are considered Language Minorities; one in five students come from homes where Spanish is the primary language. Many KCPS students have family ties in Mexico. KCPS administrators and educators are always looking for more and better ways to serve these students and their families.

The Consulate provides a number of services that are important to KCPS families with those ties to Mexico, including:
Documentation services
Consular IDs
Powers of Attorney
Birth certificates
Protective services
Art contests
Immigration, civil and family law referrals
Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) resources
Online education services
Information and presentations
Visit to learn more about the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City. Visit to learn more about the Language Services available through KCPS.