Sallie Davidson, 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

 Sallie Davidson, 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

Sallie Davidson teaches 2nd grade here 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 severed 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!   

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Sean Klippel, 3rd Grade Teacher

Sean Klippel, 3rd Grade Teacher

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.

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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!

Johnna McGlaughlin, 3rd Grade Teacher

Johnna McGlaughlin has spent the majority of her life living in the Kansas City area. She attended Drury University and graduated in May 2018 with two Bachelors degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology. She has spent a lot of time running the Rainbow Summer School program that serves the children in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City. In her free time, she enjoys exercise, making music, baking and drinking coffee.

Paige Berger, Art Teacher

Paige Berger, Art Teacher

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.

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Kate Cross, 4th 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.

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.

Julia Bradshaw, Special Education Teacher

Julia Bradshaw is a Special Education Teacher. 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.

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.

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Lorri Hatfield, 4th Grade Teacher

Lorri Hatfield is a native of the Kansas City area and loves its rich culture.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and was a Marketing Executive for McDonald’s Corporation before becoming a teacher. She received her teaching licensure from Ottawa University in 2011 and has been teaching for 7 years, primarily in the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission School Districts.  Lorri is a mother of 3 children and currently lives in Overland Park with her husband and her dog, Lacey.

Lauren Gonzalez, 4th Grade Paraprofessional / Enrollment Coordinator

Lauren Gonzales was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from Park University with a bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies.  She loves working with children and feels that the development and emotional needs of each child is very important.  She is also excited to build positive relationships with the students, families and her coworkers here at Gordon Parks. 

Lauren enjoys spending time with family, taking walks, reads and loves to water ski!

Evan Linville, Counselor

Evan Linville, Counselor

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.

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Jim Tuso, Physical Education Teacher

Jim Tuso joins Gordon Parks as the Physical Education teacher.  Coach Tuso has been involved with youth and high school sports for the past 19 years. He graduated from Iowa State University, where he played as an offensive tackle.  

In 2002, Coach Tuso started the "Jim Tuso Youth Football Camp".  He wanted to give kids the opportunity to see what football was like before making a commitment for a season.  He also runs speed and agility classes, which was how Coach Tuso first got introduced to Gordon Parks Elementary.  He ran speed and agility training to students here at Gordon Parks for summer school.

Pam Justus, Behavior Specialist

Ms. Pamela Justus has 23 years experience in education, and she might love her work even more now than when she began which says a lot.  She has taught almost every grade and subject from kindergarten through 8th grade, spent 10 years teaching, supervising, and collecting data at UMKC School of Education, and was also an instructional coach.  Her experience was gathered in Houston, KCK, and Kansas City.

Ms. Justus graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement.  She earned her Master's Degree from UMKC in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Urban Education.

Ms. Justus enjoys living a life she doesn't need a vacation from.  She seeks joy, whimsy, and creative fun in everyday moments.  She loves her people, wellness as a study, and capturing her gratitude with a picture every single day.

Ann Fontes, Behavior Interventionist

Ann Fontes, Behavior Interventionist

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
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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.

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Mica Weaver, Family Advocate

Mica Weaver, Family Advocate

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.

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Jessica Nichols, 1st 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, Jessica 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.

Jessica 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.

Megan Green, 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.