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Our Team

Passionate About Education in Kansas City

The team at Kansas City Teacher Residency is dedicated to emphasizing the importance and maximizing the effectiveness of education in urban environments. By setting a higher standard of excellence for everyone involved in the journey of education in Kansas City, from teachers to principals, to students, we believe we can transform the lives of Kansas City kids for the better.

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.

Kandace Buckner, Resident Clinical Coach

Prior to the Residency, Kandace taught upper elementary for three years in which she initiated the project based learning approach that eventually became a school wide practice. During her tenure as a teacher, she received the Kansas City Chiefs Star of the Classroom Award. Kandace then went on to open and operate a preschool committed to providing children an enriching and unique early childhood experience. Currently, Kandace is a Kansas City PLUS resident, enhancing her skills and receiving support on her path to becoming a leader in education. Kandace is dedicated to Kansas City education and believes that all great schools, organizations, and communities begin with courageous and innovative leaders.

Molly Wilson, Residency Experience Manager

“We are crew, not passengers.” – Kirt Hahn

Molly Wilson has a vast experience in education that she brings to KCTR and our Residents. Prior to joining KCTR, Molly taught Kindergarten and 1st grade at Delaware Ridge Elementary in Bonner Springs, KS, served as School Designer at EL Education, and most recently served as Program Director at Leading Educators KC. Molly now works as the KCTR Residency Experience Manager where she manages Resident Clinical Coaches in their support of current Residents in their Residency year. In this role, Molly puts action to her belief that every child deserves access to a high quality education, no matter where they live. Her passion is for developing high quality teachers who will hold all students to high expectations. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science in Education – Elementary from Emporia State University, is the recipient of the 2008 Kansas State Horizon Award, and is both a Fund for Teachers Fellow Class of 2009 and Leading Educators Fellow Class of 2010.

Leslie McTighe, Resident Graduate Coach

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

Leslie began her career in education in 2006 as a fifth grade teacher at University Academy Charter School in Kansas City.  She served on numerous curriculum and school improvement committees, as well as grade level leader, and was honored with the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award for two consecutive years. She was the UA Lower School Principal from 2012-2015, during which time she implemented an Advanced Studies program, initiated building-wide data review teams, and oversaw many curriculum improvements.  She has most recently worked as a teacher at Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School in Kansas City, where her third grades students’ performance on the state test in both math and reading propelled Gordon Parks into the top four charter schools in Kansas City.  Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri, a Master of Education from Rockhurst University, and an Education Specialist Degree in School Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She lives is in the Waldo neighborhood of KC with her husband Brad, also an educator, and their children, Holden and Harper.

Kia Turner, Ed.D., Resident Clinical Coach

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

Kia Turner comes to KCTR with over a decade of experience in the classroom. Prior to KCTR, Kia taught English at University Academy, Hickman Mills, and Frontier School of Innovation. She served as a Summer Reading Teacher at Swope Corridor Upper Room 2011-2016, as well as an Adjunct English & Reading Professor at Metropolitan Community Colleges 2010-2014. Most recently, Kia was an Instructional Coach at Northeast High School in Kansas City Public Schools. Kia’s own upbringing happened in the kind of neighborhood that she lives in today. She has been a firsthand testament to the power of education and invested teachers. As the first and only in her hometown neighborhood to reach her height of academic success, she gives credit to the teachers who believed in her. From this she has decided to give back and develop teachers who can help young Kansas City students open the door to a better life. Kia holds both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Education from Rockhurst University, a Master of Arts in Literacy, Teaching, & Curriculum from the University of Missouri, and both an Education Specialist in Education Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Cendie Stanford, Director of Program Continuum

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.” – Unknown

Cendie Stanford has experience working and teaching in urban education since 2001. Cendie’s experience in education includes five years of classroom teaching at the middle school level in Texas, four years as assistant principal in Spring Branch ISD before becoming the founding director of a high performing charter school in Houston, Texas, YES Prep Northbrook -SKY Partnership. Of working in the urban core, Cendie says, “it is the most challenging, but most rewarding job ever.” Cendie now serves on KCTR’s senior leadership team as Director of Program Continuum. As the Director of Program Continuum, Cendie provides leadership for talent & graduate placement and Resident & Resident Graduate coaching. Cendie is a first generation college graduate and a product of poverty striken homes, stating that “doing this work comes naturally and I appreciate being able to relate to the experiences of our students.” Cendie holds a Bachelor of Arts in general studies from West Texas A&M and Masters of Science degrees in educational leadership and educational technology & informational systems from Texas A&M Commerce and is a former Entrepreneurial Business Fellow at Rice University.

Brandie Newman, Ed.D., Director of Curriculum and Program

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Brandie Newman comes to KCTR with experience as a 4th grade teacher spanning from 2003 to 2014 in Kansas City Public Schools and Belton School District.  Beyond teaching, Brandie has served as summer school principal, teaching methods coach, and elementary math and science curriculum coordinator. Brandie believes every child deserves a high quality teacher and she lives out her passion for recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in the urban core by leading professional development and individualized support for KCTR Residents. Through her service, Brandie aims to support teachers as they help students see and reach their potential. Brandie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education sum cum laude and a Master’s degree in Education Administration summa cum laude from Park University and an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Kansas. When not developing curriculum, Brandie is an active volunteer in her church community.

Bethany Goldammer, Resident Clinical Coach

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Bethany Goldammer joined KCTR as a Resident Clinical Coach where she supports Residents in their Residency year. Bethany’s classroom experience includes teaching English Language Arts and American history at William Chrisman High in Independence, Missouri and as an English Language Arts teacher at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School. Bethany believes the children of Kansas City deserve the best teachers, who are passionate about equity and high-expectations. She holds of Bachelor of Science in history from Truman State University and a Masters of Arts in Education in history and secondary education also from Truman State University.

Board of Directors

Katie Boody, Chairperson

CEO & Co-Founder of The Lean Lab

Donna Wilson-Peters, Secretary

Attorney, Husch Blackwell

Nancy McCullough, Treasurer (non-voting)

CEO & Founder, Entrepreneur to Enterprise, LLC

Charles King, President (non-voting)

Executive Director, Kansas City Teacher Residency

Timothy Holman, Jr.

CEO & Founder, Holman Consulting, LLC

Michael Roane

Chief People Officer, JE Dunn- Retired

Awais Sufi

CEO & President, SchoolSmart KC

Kevin Musenfetcher

Attorney, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Beth Allen

Program Officer, Sherman Family Foundation

Dr. Julie Holland
Education Advisor, Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Kansas City, Missouri

Become a Part of Our Team

To learn more about applying to be a resident, donating or becoming a partner, call KCTR today at (816) 298-5660.