Four Finalists for Gordon Parks Elementary

            KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 15, 2019 – Gordon Parks Elementary has four finalists selected for the 2019 Excellence in Education Awards by the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA). There is a total of five awards given and Gordon Parks has a finalist in three of those five categories.

            The Excellence in Education Awards celebrate the work of Kansas City’s most impactful charter public school educators. MCPSA has partnered with SchoolSmart KC to provide teachers and leaders with well-deserved recognition and a monetary award to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality education in the Kansas City region.

            Our four finalists at Gordon Parks Elementary are Jennifer Hagemaster - the Academic Officer and Principle, Kirsten Lipari-Braman - the Operations Officer, Megan Green - Kindergarten Teacher and Pam Justus - Behavior Specialist.

Board President, Keli O’Neill Wenzel said, “Gordon Parks Elementary School is growing from strength to strength with a lot more coming. We have a very focused team that is executing on a robust plan.”

Hagemaster and Lipari-Braman are nominated for the School Leader of the Year Award, Green is nominated for the Elementary Teacher of the Year Award and Justus is nominated for the School Leader TEAM of the Year Award. Nominees will attend an awards dinner on May 30, 2019. There they will announce the winner of each category. Winners are eligible to receive a $10,000 personal award.

Gordon Parks Elementary School family is very proud of these nominations and we wish the best of luck to all teachers and leaders who were nominated for these awards.

First Annual Bill & Dorothy Golf Tournament

Gordon Parks Elementary School held their first annual Bill & Dorothy Curry Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27th. We had a beautiful day of golfing at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club and with the help from all of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants, we were able to raise $39,000 to directly benefit Gordon Parks Elementary School. Thank you to everyone who participated, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Our sponsors for this event include:

Bill & Dorothy Curry - Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors:

Karbank Real Estate Company

Karen & Craig Lundgren

Diamond Sponsors:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Brett, Joanna, Elsa Jane and Tate Posten

Hole-in-one Sponsors

Midway Auto

Curry Real Estate

Beer Cart Sponsors:

Western Specialty Contractors

Dan & Michelle Bowers

United Beverage Company

Silver Sponsors:

Bill & Irma Lou Hirsch


Melissa Rock


Beverage Cart Sponsors:

Kent Yocum

Tierney Office Supply

Hole Sponsors:

John & Arlene Frye

Howard & Patricia Mick

Holland 1916

Arvest Bank

Chip Power

Olson & Associates

Hollis + Miller

J. Wilbur & Co.

Picasso Dog Groomery

GPES Board of Directors

Margaret Huff

Chip Manson & Jane Parsons - Putting Contest Sponsor

John & Mary Ann Miller - Longest Drive Contest Sponsor 

Treat America - Breakfast Sponsor

Ray & Linnea Brock - Banquet Sponsor:

Brands That Speak - Marketing Sponsor

Mariner Wealth - Apparel Sponsor

Financial Designs Inc. - Closest to the Pin Sponsor

Thank you to all of our sponsors! Without you all, we wouldn’t have been able to reach our goal and our success of this event.

We plan to recreate and grow this event for next year. Next year’s golf tournament will be held on April 25th, 2020 with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. SAVE THE DATE!

Resilient KC and Gordon Parks: Resilience Film and Panel

Join Gordon Parks Elementary School and Resilient KC to watch the film, RESILIENCE, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope.  This is a scientific approach explaining why resiliency is important in the medical field, educational environments and the business world as a whole.

See the trailer of this movie! 

Tuesday, April 25 at Gordon Parks Elementary School
(3715 Wyoming, Kansas City, MO)
5:00 p.m.:  Reception and Networking
5:30 p.m.:  Film
6:30 p.m. :  Panel Discussion moderated by Jasmin Williams of ResilientKC.

Check out our panelists:

Leah Probasco-Burns, licensed therapist, Gordon Parks Elementary School:  Leah is a is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and K-8 Certified School Counselor. She has been growing the CARE Team at Gordon Parks since 2013.  Her and her team work with the Responsive Classroom initiative to implement a trauma informed care approach.  Leah serves on the ResilientKC Education Committee as part of the Trauma Matters KC coalition.

Patty Davis, LCSW, Program Manager for Trauma Informed Care at Children’s Mercy Kansas City:  Patty provides family therapy for patients in the Children’s Mercy Eating Disorders Center. She is certified in Family Based Treatment (FBT), an evidence-based therapy for treating adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Patty is a current co-chair of Trauma Matters KC, a coalition made up of over 90 Kansas City Metro organizations and individual providers dedicated to raising awareness about trauma sensitive practices.

Mike George, owner of Cafe Gratitude:  After 10 years of engineering work at Garmin, Mike opened a restaurant, Cafe Gratitude, this is based on his personal development work, and his work at creating and running a trauma informed business for 5 years to support other trauma informed businesses. He is committed to the trauma-informed business model, or heart-based businesses, and knows these businesses are wildly more successful than traditional businesses.

Moira Mulhern, Executive Director for Turning Point/The Universeity of Kansas Health System:  With over 20 years of experience in the field,  Moira has extensive understanding in designing and implementing stress management, support and training programs for local hospitals and companies to promote resiliency with patients and associates. She is a sought-after lecturer on issues related to resiliency and the management of stress and chronic illness.

Please RSVP to Sarah Dee.  (There is no fee to attend however please RSVP so we can accommodate all attendees.)