Charles King, Executive Director
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
As Executive Director of KCTR, Charles is responsible for the leadership and implementation of recruiting and developing teachers for public and charter schools in the Kansas City, Missouri area. In his 15 years of experience in education, Charles has been a Teach for America Corps member, served in a number of roles in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in Houston, Texas, and most recently the principal of KIPP Spirit College Prep.
Charles finds motivation for working in the urban core for the simple fact that our collective work can impact the trajectory of a students’ path, primarily that of students of color. By ensuring that there are great teachers for their classrooms, he believe students can achieve at high levels and access great opportunities in education and beyond.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Morehouse College, a Masers of Education in Educational Leadership from Houston Baptist University, and is a graduate of the Urban School Leaders Development at Harvard University. He is an active volunteer in Cub Scouts, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Morehouse College Alumni Association, and his church community.
Brittney McGinley, Operations Manager
Brittney attended The University of Missouri, Class of 2009, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Her liberal arts degree was applied teaching English language abroad in The Republic of Korea. From that experience, Brittney saught other opportunities to work with educators, landing in an AmeriCorps service position with the Missouri College Advising Corps. During her two years of service, Brittney initiated a college access program in a Kansas City Public Schools high school. Through coordination of school and community resources and rigorous training and development, Brittney’s efforts to increase the college going rate, FAFSA completion rate, and scholarship dollars awarded for East High School’s Class of 2011 and Class of 2012 were met with success. Upon completion of her AmeriCorps service term, Brittney joined the Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Postsecondary education team, a local college access and scholarship program that sends hundreds of Kansas City scholars to and through college. There she supported high school graduates matriculating into higher education until her transition to the Operations team to implement communication policy and strategy. Post Kauffman Scholars, Brittney turned her talent to the Performing Arts Foundation of Kansas City, where she co-developed a marketing strategy with a focus on student-driven arts programming for urban children and youth. While with the Foundation, she championed the Folly Theater’s partnership with The Kansas City Art Institute in support of young graphic artists in promotional media design. Her work with talented, young scholars sparked again her love for education. In 2016, Brittney joined the Kansas City Teacher Residency and has been with the organization since its inaugural cohort. At KCTR, Brittney manages finance, operations, human capital, and communications. Brittney remains dedicated to the work in urban KC schools because of the overwhelming support she received along her own journey to and through college and believes we all deserve access to a quality education.
Beth McMillan, Director of Accountability and Operations
Beth began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Kansas City. She taught math and science in Spanish to second, third, and fourth-grade students at Carver Dual Language for four years. During this time, she was a member of the Building Leadership Team as well as the Professional Learning Community lead for the math team. While at Carver, Beth earned her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was a Fellow in Leading Educators. Beth then moved to Academia de Niños as a second-grade teacher and led her students to 1.85 years of reading growth. While pursuing her Educational Specialist’s degree in Elementary Administration, she became Vice Principal at Academia de Niños where she led initiatives to dramatically increase student attendance and develop sustainable systems for the growing school.
Allison Smith, Lead Resident Graduate Coach
Allison started her career teaching high school math in urban Houston, Texas, where she spent the first five years as a teacher, Department Chair and Math Skills Specialist in Aldine ISD. After leaving Houston she returned to Kansas, and spent one year back in the high math classroom before once again transitioning to Teacher Leader/Instructional Coach, this time at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. At Washington she observed and coached teachers in the Math and Science departments, facilitated department PLC’s, and co-planned and facilitated weekly building level professional development along with monthly district level professional development. In her last two years with KCK, Allison completed her second Masters Degree, a Masters in Educational Leadership, through Pittsburg State University. Prior to joining KCTR Allison was recruited by Achievement First University Prep High School in Brooklyn, NY to join their team as a high school math teacher and spent the 2015-2016 school year learning from and being directly coached by one of the most driven, high performing charter principals in the network, served as a Resident Coach for a Relay Resident in training who was placed in her classroom, and was able to push her scholars to a network record breaking level of 96% meeting proficiency on the New York Common Core Algebra Regents Exam at the end of the year. In summer of 2016 she returned to Kansas City to join KCTR and is passionate about the recruitment, development and retention of highly effective teachers in the urban core for all Kansas City kids regardless of zip code.
Andrew Stuart, Talent and Resident Graduate Placement Manager
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan
Andrew manages the admissions, recruitment, and placement of incoming Residents and their subsequent placement in KCTR partner schools upon completion of the Residency year. Andrew began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans where he was a founding teacher at John Dibert Community School. Andrew then went on to working at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School as a middle school English Language Arts teacher. Andrew is motivated by his deep belief that all students deserve access to an education that will set them up for the future. The fact that a student’s zip code often dictates their economic future is unacceptable in his mind, and he believes that can be corrected by changing the way we educate–that way begins with teachers.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication from the University of Missouri.