Charles King, Executive Director
As Executive Director of KCTR, Charles King is responsible for the development and design of the teacher residency program that will serve public and charter schools in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. Before joining KCTR, King worked for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) in Houston, Texas, serving in a number of roles in KIPP Houston, including principal of KIPP Spirit College Prep most recently. King has more than 13 years of experience in education that began in 2002 as a Teach for America corps member in Houston.
King earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas.
King sees the classroom teacher as the key lever for driving student outcomes, success and opportunities in life. KCTR is a vehicle to drive the development and preparation of the classroom teacher that will lead to their effectiveness in achieving the desired student outcomes for the children of Kansas City.
Brittney McGinley, Operations Manager
Brittney McGinley is the Operations Manager for the Kansas City Teacher Residency, where she manages communications, resources, and administrative systems. Brittney started her career in education as a College Adviser for the Missouri College Advising Corps, serving at East High School in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. As a College Adviser, Brittney counseled 7th-12th-grade students through the college search, admissions, and financial aid processes. After her two-year commitment ended with MCAC, Britney went on to join Kauffman Scholars, Inc., as an intern, and then transitioned to a Post-secondary Advisor to students at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Northeast High School, and Southeast High School African-Centered Preparatory. After two years of advising Kauffman Scholars, Brittney developed a role as Communications Coordinator, where she managed external communications with students, families, and partners, as well as managed internal communications across teams. After her time with Kauffman Scholars, Brittney joined the Performing Arts Foundation of Kansas City as Marketing Manager, where she grew student-focused programs that connected Kansas City youth with opportunities for arts education. Brittney holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri, is an Americorps Alumni, and currently, serves as an Advisor to Mayor Sly James’ Youth Commission.
Rhea Muchalla LeGrande, Clinical Instructional Coach
Rhea Muchalla LeGrande is the Program Lead for the Kansas City Teacher Residency, where she leads residency course seminars and classes. Rhea’s career in education began at the University of Oregon where she taught introductory level Philosophy courses. While at the UO Rhea received an Excellence in Teaching Award, began a mentorship program and became a Graduate Assistant at Penn State for Philosophy as an Inclusive Key Summer Institute. In 2012 Rhea decided to return to the midwest to teach via Teach for America. Rhea taught English at East High School in Kansas City, MO where she assisted in the school receiving it’s Provisional Accreditation. In her second year of teaching, all of Rhea’s students scored either Proficient or Advanced on their End Of Course exam. During this time Rhea also led 10th grade as a Grade Level Teacher Leader and received her second Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. Rhea stayed at East as she transitioned into an Instructional Coach role. As an Instructional Coach, she implemented a number of school-wide initiatives including a reading program, vocabulary building initiative, and academic focus initiative. At the close of the ’15-’16 School Year Rhea transitioned into her role as Program Lead and Clinical Instructional Coach at Kansas City Teacher Residency where she manages and facilitates Programming as well as coach at the Middle School level.
Rhea holds a Master’s of Philosophy from the University of Oregon, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Training, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies with a minor in Political Science.
Chelsea Johnson, Clinical Instructional Coach
Prior to joining KCTR, Chelsea served as a Senior Instructional Fellow at Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. During her three years at Relay, she coached, academically advised, and co-facilitated sessions to over 150 first- and second-year graduate students (all of whom were full-time K-12 teachers) on classroom culture, instructional design, data-driven instruction, and academic rigor in Relay’s Master of Arts in Education program. She started at Relay as a 2013 Education Pioneer. Before joining Relay, she worked at NYC’s High School of Arts, Imagination, and Inquiry and served as a 2012 summer policy intern at Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership, focusing on K-12 STEM partnerships in Missouri. She began her career in education as a middle school math teacher in the Dallas Independent School District through Teach For America. Chelsea earned her bachelor’s in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri, and her masters in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York.
Beth McMillan, Clinical Instructional Coach
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, Clinical Instructional Coach
Allison started 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 Clinical 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.
Andrew Stuart, Recruiter
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 Teacher. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.