Partner Spotlight: University Academy

Partner Spotlight: University Academy

On June 13th, thirty-eight teacher residents arrived at Mayerberg Hall for the first day of Summer Institute 2016 at University Academy (UA). Summer Institute prepared Residents with a foundation of equity and diversity training and the first series of professional development before beginning their clinical teaching hours. Throughout the first two weeks of Summer Institute, UA’s hospitality for KCTR staff and residents helped make the inaugural summer programming a success.

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As a K-12 college preparatory public charter academy, UA has been a pioneer in recruiting quality teachers to Kansas City’s urban core. The campus sits at 68th and Holmes and consists of three schools: a lower, middle, and upper. It has grown to serve 1,000 students in all grade levels, a far reach from the first cohort of 300 students in 2000.

UA’s founders envisioned a school based in college preparation, career development, community service, and leadership–that vision became a reality that has gone on to make national headlines. In 2015, UA was ranked as one of the best high schools in the country by Newsweek Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

The 2016-17 academic year will have three new additions to the Academy’s classrooms, as three KCTR Residents take up residency at UA: Danielle Kaley (ECE), Chelsea Cravens (MS Math), and Kimberly White (MS ELA). Residents will study under Clinical Resident Coaches (CRC) Breanne Coleman, Elise Kwenin, and John Gawin, respectively. CRC’s serve as mentors, as they lead Residents along a gradual release plan to prepare them for teacher certification.

To learn more about University Academy, visit their website at


Brittney McGinley thrives at the intersection of design and strategy. As a founding team member of the Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR), she holds invaluable start-up experience growing the organization’s reach to 10,000 children. Brittney’s commitment to KCTR’s mission is nurtured by her belief that a loving adult role model has the power to transform the trajectory of a child’s life. At KCTR, she’s Manager of Development and Engagement. Brittney sees the big picture, galvanizes stakeholders, and executes strategies to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization.

Brittney carries a decade of experience in developing and deploying strategic communications in public relations, fundraising, marketing, and crisis management for nonprofits.

Outside of work, you’ll find Brittney volunteering as an advisor to and advocate for DREAMers and first-generation college-bound Latinx youth. Her passion for supporting young people through education is fueled by the legacies of heroic matriarchs who paved the way for her.

Brittney is invigorated by the love of Hayden, her husband, and Carter, their son. She enjoys cooking dinners in with family, crafting home design projects, and reading books on subjects far and wide.

A Kansas City native, she’s a proud graduate of the University of Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a History minor.

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