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!
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.
Katie Skoogs was born and raised in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2016. Katie earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education along with an ESOL endorsement. She enjoys reading, being outside in the sun and spending time with her husband.Read More
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.
Mrs. Tamara Allen-Williams grew up right here in Kansas City, Missouri. Her love for education began with her start in private education. One of the 8th grade graduation requirements was to write an autobiography, and she stated then that she was going to be a teacher. Her 34 years of teaching experience is proof of her non-wavering determination. “Active learning is the foundation for student empowerment. That’s why I am a lifelong learner.” She enjoys visits from previous students. “One of the greatest feelings is to teach a student that is the child of a former student. That’s how I know I made a difference in that student’s life.” Mrs. Allen-Williams lives in the Kansas City area and has 2 adult sons.Read More
Brenda Boyles will be teaching second grade at Gordon Parks. Brenda grew up in Michigan and upon graduation from High School she moved to Greenville, South Carolina to attend Bob Jones University. Brenda graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in English. She then moved to the Kansas City area to teach second grade. She has taught for over fifteen years, most recently focusing on Pre-K before returning to elementary education.
Mrs. Boyles and her husband have five children and one granddaughter. In her free time she enjoys gardening and returning to Michigan to visit family.
Claire Polka was born and raised in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Claire loves to read, travel and be with friends and family. Claire is looking forward to building great relationships with her students and their families.