Dr. Steve Lumetta is the Chief Executive Officer, starting in July 2017. He brings fifteen years of experience in education as an administrator and teacher in the Liberty School District. He earned his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education at University of Kansas, a Masters of Science in School Leadership at Baker University, and his Ph.D. in School Leadership at Saint Louis University.
Leslie joined the staff in 2017 and is responsible for annual fundraising, major gifts, and community awareness.
Leslie attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She is active in the community and in her profession, serving on the Board of Connecting for Good and as an active member of Rotary Club 13 and the Mid-America Chapter of AFP. She and her husband Pete live in Roeland Park and are busy raising a family of 4 active boys.
Mrs. Jennifer Hagemaster has spent the past 16 years in education. She has taught almost every grade level from Kindergarten through 7th grade and was an instructional coach for 5 years. She has spent her time in Raytown, Buffalo, Missouri, and the past 9 years in Liberty.
Mrs. Hagemaster graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Middle School Education with emphasis in the areas of Language Arts and Social Studies. She earned her Master's Degree from Webster University in Curriculum and Instruction again with an added emphasis in Communication Arts. Mrs. Hagemaster is eager to work with the teachers, students, and families of Gordon Parks Elementary.Read More
Mrs. Curley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Baker University. She has 18 years of classroom teaching experience, 4 years at Gordon Parks, 7 years in Raytown and 8 years in Liberty.
When not teaching, Mrs. Curley enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves to read, cook, exercise and shop! Mrs. Curley lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and 2 boys.Read More
Ali Bunten believes a good teacher never stops learning. She aims to help the teachers of Gordon Parks continue to be learners, and grow in their profession. By doing this, the teachers can provide the best educational experience to the students of Gordon Parks.
Mrs. Bunten received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University, and Masters of Education Degree from Baker University. Her education career has been filled with wonderful experiences as a third-grade teacher for 10 years, and an Instructional Coach for five years.Read More
Michael Turner was no stranger to Gordon Parks when he joined the facility staff.
"Four of my children went to school here," he said proudly. "I know what this school offers--small class sizes and lots of encouragement. This job is a good fit for me," Mr. Turner said. "I feel strongly about the teamwork and positive reinforcement that is fostered at Gordon Parks. There is nothing else like it."Read More
Janeth Ortiz is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. She is married to a wonderful man and has 2 amazing boys- Jorge and Axel. She is very proud of her boys and they both attend Gordon Parks Elementary.
She is very happy to be a part of the Gordon Parks family and looking forward to this new school year.
What's a former Montana logger, restaurant owner and Air Force fighter pilot doing under the sink in the school cafeteria? John Shadoan, building manager, helps maintain the 90-year-old building.Read More
Ann Marie Fontes is the behavior interventionist for the STARS/Focus Room and responds to students in need of behavior intervention and support. Mrs. Fontes facilitates breaks, calming strategies, and provides opportunities for students to develop coping skills, and to plan and create goals for themselves in the classroom and beyond
Mrs. Fontes joins the Gordon Parks family from her last position working with children with behavior disorders in the Shawnee Mission School District. She completed her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University, where she began her professional career working as a legal assistant, but soon found herself drawn to administering to her local community, especially to children and their families. She has worked with children of various ages in a range of settings, including early childhood, special education, and enrichment.
Mrs. Fontes lives nearby in Roeland Park Kansas with her husband and three teen age boys. Mrs. Fontes emphatically believes in the importance of participating in the creation, growth and vision of Gordon Parks Elementary, to forge relationships with students and their families, and the local Kansas City community in order to provide opportunity, education and inspiration for the students of our school today and tomorrow.Read More
Evan Linville is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and serves as a counselor and member of the CARE Team at Gordon Parks Elementary School. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Truman State University and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City . Evan worked previously at Operation Breakthrough as a Child Therapist, where he focused on Attachment work and facilitating therapy for children and families who have experienced trauma. He and his wife, Sally, enjoy being outside, making art, and going on road trips.Read More
Mica Weaver was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She has spent the last 13 years serving this community in the area of social work and community support. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University and a Master of Business Administration for Webster University. She has worked with such community agencies as Swope Health Services, The Family Conservancy and the Division of Family Services.
She enjoys traveling and spending time her family.Read More
Leah Karma Probasco-Burns is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and K-8 Certified School Counselor. Leah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Missouri State University. Leah has spent time as a counselor in the Urban Core of Kansas City, MO, just prior to joining Gordon Parks Elementary, she worked with the students at University Academy. There she created and implemented a counseling program providing individual and group therapy, ongoing student, teacher and parent education, classroom lessons and crisis intervention. Leah specializes in working with children and families suffering from traumatic experiences.
Leah lives in Kansas City, MO with her husband and two young children. She loves art, going to the lake, traveling and the MIZZOU tigers!Read More
Ms. Norris is our Reading Specialist and brings more than 20 years of experience in the educational field with her to Gordon Parks. She earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Language and Literacy at UMKC.
Ms. Norris began her career in the classroom, most recently in the Shawnee Mission School District, as a second, fourth, fifth and sixth grade teacher. In addition to her experience as a teacher, she was Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center as well as an Educational Consultant and Technology Specialist for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding her mountain bike and surfing the internet/playing games on her iPad.Read More
Melanie Garrett has been a nurse for 10 years. Her specialty is providing healthcare for children. Ms. Garrett has provided nursing care for Kansas City as well as Liberty Public School district. In her spare time she loves to travel with family, watch movies, and roller skate. Ms. Garrett is a mother-figure of sorts for our students, teachers and staff.Read More
Colt Higgs is a 2010 College of the Ozarks graduate with a Bachelor's in Physical Education.
Colt has lived his whole life in the Southern Missouri area and recently moved to Kansas City with his wife and two boys.
He enjoys going to Chiefs games, hunting, fishing, playing golf and reading.
Katelynn Frazier is a graduate from East Carolina University located in Greenville, North Carolina. In May of 2016, she received her Bachelors degree in Music Education. She has teaching experience ranging from percussion ensembles to middle and high school general music and band classes. Katelynn decided to venture out to the beautiful Kansas City the summer after graduation to fuel her joy of new adventures. She enjoys visiting the River Market and hearing the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center.Read More
Paige Berger graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics.
Mrs. Berger, originally from St. Louis, moved from Springfield to Kansas City in January of 2014 and has since been enjoying the diverse art venues and eateries the city has to offer. She became a member of the Kansas City Clay Guild in 2015 where she teaches recreational ceramics classes on the weekends.
In her spare time Paige greatly enjoys spending time outdoors. She especially loves canoeing, camping and working in her community garden plot.Read More
Sean Klippel moved to Kansas City in 2010. Sean received his bachelor’s degree in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Northern Iowa where he worked as a grant research associate alongside a research team sponsored by Autism Speaks. The years following, he has worked as the Associate Education Director for the Coterie Children’s Theatre in Kansas City and a LIFT Paraprofessional in the Blue Valley Community School District. Sean will graduate with his master's degree in Elementary Education in the fall of 2017 from Rockhurst University. Sean is passionate about creating authentic, educative experiences for student learners, building relationships with students, families and coworkers, and applying his unique and vast education background in the classroom.Read More
Ms. Mulhern is a graduate of Rockhurst University, where she received both her bachelor's degree and her M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction. She has experience teaching across several grade levels spanning primary to middle school. Ms. Mulhern is a native of Kansas City and enjoys experiencing the art, culture, and sense of community the city has to offer.Read More
Mrs. Wattree has been an educator for ten years. She has taught at University Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as in the Liberty Public School system. She has taught fourth and fifth grade. When Mrs. Wattree isn't working, she enjoys traveling with her husband.Read More