Lauren Lowe - Nurse

Lauren Lowe - Nurse

Lauren was born and raised in Prairie Village, KS. She now lives in Mission, KS with her husband and 8 year old son. They have 3 chickens, 2 cats, and a dog.

She is excited to be starting her first full year at Gordon Parks and loves taking care of the kids and the staff while getting to know each person individually.

When not at school, Lauren enjoys being in her garden, traveling, going on adventures, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Read More

Evan Linville - Child Therapist

Evan Linville - Child Therapist

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 - Family and Community Engagement

Mica Weaver - Family and Community Engagement

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 Masters of Business Administration from 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

Megan Mills - 3rd Grade Teacher

Megan Mills - 3rd Grade Teacher

“My name is Megan Mills and I am from Nixa, Missouri. I went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and was a cross country and track athlete while I was there. I got my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education while also becoming certified in Early Childhood Education. I am currently in graduate school at UMKC working on my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have previously taught preschool and kindergarten in a split classroom and this year will be my second year teaching. I was previously at Academy for Integrated Arts, learning there as a student teacher, a teacher's assistant while in graduate school, and then spent my first year as a classroom teacher there.

What I am most looking forward to this upcoming school year at Gordon Parks Elementary is getting to know and build relationships with new kids and families. I am excited to be a part of such a positive school community that ensures that all students are meeting their highest potential. When I toured Gordon Parks, I fell in love with the climate of the staff and students. I could feel a very calm and collaborative atmosphere from being there for only a few hours. Additionally, the responsiveness that teachers have to students, their priority to be trauma sensitive trained, and their co-teaching model is what drove me to picking Gordon Parks as a new school to be a part of.”

Read More

Michael Carroll - Behavioral Interventionist

Michael Carroll - Behavioral Interventionist

“Michael Carroll, affectionally known as Mr. Mike, is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Having graduated from Mount Mercy University with a BA in Theatre and a BS in Psychology, he used his skills to teach theatre to children and adults for 24 years. In many settings, he worked with groups diagnosed with various forms of mental and physical illnesses. Through his adventures in teaching, he has seen the amazing growth of confidence, creativity, emotional intelligence, and empathy. Most recently he was the Theatre Teacher at Academy for Integrated Arts.

Mr. Mike is very grateful to be a Behavior Interventionist at Gordon Parks. The children are greatly respected by the staff and the staff clearly respect one another. It is in a loving and caring community that children feel safe and are free to learn and become their best potential self.

In his spare time, Mr. Mike can be found laughing with his husband and his dogs Baxter and Harvey. Laughter is a resource that should be used frequently.”

Read More

Ameila Maddox - 1st Grade Teacher

Amelia was born and raised in a small town in Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Currently, Amelia is going back to school to receive her master’s degree in Mental Health in Schools. She loves to read, play with her dogs, drink coffee, and be with her friends and family! Amelia is so excited to be a part of the Gordon Parks family!

Sean Klippel - 3rd Grade Teacher

Sean Klippel - 3rd Grade Teacher

Sean Klippel moved to Kansas City in 2010. Sean received his Bachelors 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 graduates with his Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Rockhurst University in 2018. 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

Julie Nerich - 1st Grade Teacher

Julie Nerich - 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Nerich is a native of Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her two daughters.  After receiving a Bachelor in Science from Park University she spent several years teaching in the Parkhill School District in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms.  Ms. Nerich has spent the last 18 years fulfilling the role of Director and Senior Lead Teacher in the Early Education system.  She is looking forward to being back in first grade here at Gordon Parks.

Ms. Nerich believes in her desire to motivate, inspire and support students by providing a safe and caring environment.

Read More

Sallie Davidson - 3rd/4th Grade Teacher

 Sallie Davidson - 3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Sallie Davidson teaches 3rd/4th grade at Gordon Parks.  Mrs. Davidson has always known that she wanted to be a teacher.  She comes from a large family of educators.  Mrs. Davidson began her journey to becoming a teacher at the University of Central Missouri where she double majored in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  While at UCM, she was a member of the Association of Childhood Education International as well as Kappa Delta Pi, an educational honors fraternity.

Mrs. Davidson's first classroom was a 1st grade classroom in the Liberty Public School system.  She spent 5 years teaching 1st grade and then moved up to 2nd grade and taught 2nd grade for 5 years before joining the staff at Gordon Parks.  While with Liberty Public Schools, Mrs. Davidson served on a variety of committees at both the school level as well as the district level.  Mrs. Davidson lives in the northland with her husband, two kids, and very hyper lab!   

Read More

Katie Self - Art Teacher

Katie Self - Art Teacher

“My name is Katie Self and this will be my eighth year teaching elementary art. I have spent my entire career in the Kansas City area, graduating from UMKC and teaching at KCK public schools. I live right here in Volker with my Husband Brett, my 10 month old daughter, Daisy and our elderly Puggle, George. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be the neighborhood art teacher at Gordon Parks! As an Art History major I can’t wait to teach the kids about new and diverse artists. I especially enjoy working on projects that involve clay and paint. The messier the better! I am really looking forward to meeting the entire staff and our students in August!”

Read More

Kate Cross - 1st Grade Teacher

Kate Cross - 1st Grade Teacher

Kate Cross is a teacher early in her career who is a lifelong resident of the greater Kansas City area. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri she now finds herself in Shawnee Kansas. Kate got her degree in education from Kansas State University. Before switching to education she spent several years majoring in vocal performance. Even though she switched to education, music is still prevalent in her life and in her classroom. She loves teaching using interactive learning models that incorporate lots of movement and cooperation. Ms. Cross can be found outside of the school spending time reading, walking her dog Chickie, or at rehearsals for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.

Read More

Katelynn Frazier - Music Teacher

Katelynn Frazier - Music Teacher

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

Kevin Thompson - Physical Education Teacher

Kevin Thompson - Physical Education Teacher

Kevin Thompson joins Gordon Parks as the Physical Education teacher.  Kevin is a recent graduate of Baker University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Some hobbies he likes to do include exercising, spending time with family and friends, and playing with his Labradoodle, Waldo. He is looking forward to getting his teaching career started at Gordon Parks, and said he was attracted to Gordon Parks because of the small class sizes. He also liked how everyone appeared to be enjoying what they were doing and the students seemed genuinely excited to be there.

Read More

Julia Bradshaw - Special Education Teacher

Julia Bradshaw - Special Education Teacher

Julia Bradshaw is a Special Education Teacher at Gordon Parks. This is her first year teaching Special Education. Mrs. Bradshaw graduated from Park University in May 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education (1-6) with an endorsement in Special Education (K-12). Mrs. Bradshaw is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Park University.

Mrs. Bradshaw has a husband and three children. In their free time they like to enjoy festivals around the city as well as going on nature walks, and visiting the library.

Read More

Ann Fontes - Behavior Interventionist

Ann Fontes - Behavior Interventionist

Ann Fontes serves as Behavior Interventionist, responding to students in need of intervention and support in both the focus room and in classrooms.  Mrs. Fontes completed her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University, where she began her professional career working as a legal assistant.   She soon found herself drawn to serve the children and families within her local community, and transitioned to teach Head Start.  She has educated children in a range of environments including, enrichment, early childhood, and special education at Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas. Mrs. Fontes lives in Roeland Park, Kansas with her husband and three sons.

Read More

Jessica Nichols - 2nd Grade Teacher

Jessica Nichols - 2nd Grade Teacher

Jessica Nichols grew up in Wisconsin where she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her husband made the Kansas City area home in 1988. After staying home to raise four children, Mrs. Nichols started teaching preschool and later went on attend Ottawa University for her teaching credentials. She also holds a Master’s in Education from Baker University. She taught the past eight years in Blue Valley School District in Kansas.

Mrs. Nichols enjoys reading, running in 5Ks, and spending time with her family. Her children range in age from 22 to 28 and live in Korea, Seattle, Colorado, and Chicago. Her family welcomed a second grandson in August.

Read More

Megan Green - Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Megan Green - Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Megan was raised in the Lake of the Ozarks, got her undergraduate degree from Drury University, and her Master degree from John Hopkins University. She spent four years in Tulsa, Oklahoma working as a teacher before moving to Kansas City. She is passionate about teaching literacy, math and social emotional skills. In her free time she likes to read, walk her dog Bella, and spend time with friends and family.

Read More