New CEO, Dr. Steve Lumetta


Gordon Parks Elementary School (GPES) is excited to announce a leadership transition effective July 1, 2017.  Dr. Steve Lumetta will assume the Chief Executive Officer role on July 1, 2017.

With fifteen years of experience in education, Dr. Lumetta is bringing passion and experience together at Gordon Parks.  He has been a leader in the Liberty School District for 15 years.  He has earned his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education at University of Kansas, a Master of Science in School Leadership at Baker University, and his Ph.D. in School Leadership at Saint Louis University.

“This place is amazing and I’m excited to work alongside the students and staff to continue the growth and excellence that has already been established,” commented Dr. Lumetta. 

"We are privileged to have such an innovative educator join us at Gordon Parks and help us get to the next level.  Dr. Lumetta comes with a great deal of enthusiasm for this work.  Myself, along with the Board of Directors feel certain he will have a significant positive impact on our school culture," commented Dr. Bernard Franklin, President of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Lumetta will bring a passion for inspiring teachers and administrators to Gordon Parks.  “Gordon Parks wasn’t ranked 4th in KCMO charter schools for no reason. While the kids work extremely hard, I’m even more excited to work with such incredible teachers and staff. The Gordon Parks “way” is a model that works – and as a team, we can do even more.”

We need YOU!


Our students need community support to provide school supplies to them for the upcoming school year.  Our students and their families do not have the resources to provide all the necessary items…that is part of why the Gordon Parks community is so important!

Here is some information about what we need for the upcoming school year…

Tierney is our preferred vendor, but not required.  They have set up our school supplies needs list for our students.  This is an easy and convenient way to order and provide the needed school supplies for our students.  Through Tierney, you can shop online, order the quantity you’d like and it will be delivered directly to school labeled for the appropriate classroom.

A few things to keep in mind:·       

  • These supplies are tax free through Tierney.
  • The teachers have requested certain brands and types due to the stage of learning and activities required in the classroom.
  • If you’d like to come to school and meet the students and be part of this kind of giving, we would be happy to schedule a time in August when the students have returned and you can visit, meet and see how important our school supplies drive is to our Gordon Parks family.  We’d love to have you come by and visit!

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.)