2019 Kansas City Excellence in Education Award Winners

(Kansas City) – To recognize excellence and to honor educators who are making a difference for children attending Kansas City’s charter schools, The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) announced the winners of the new Kansas City Charter Schools Excellence in Education Awards.


SchoolSmart KC (SSKC), a local organization dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap, sponsored the awards program for both charter school and district educators. SSKC believes that celebrating excellence through substantial awards provides an investment in current teachers and leaders while also encouraging the best candidates to pursue rewarding careers in education.  These awards amplify the value and importance of high-quality education to the well-being of children, parents, and the community. 


 “We are honored to provide this awards to those who have dedicated their lives providing the best possible education for their students, said Douglas Thaman, Executive Director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association. We recognize the hard work of these of not only the award winners, but the many other educators dedicated to setting a foundation for lifelong learning.”


The 2019 Excellence in Education Awards winners are:


Kansas City Charter School Leader of the Year: $10,000.00

Roger Offield – Brookside Charter School


Kansas City Charter School Team Leader of the Year: $10,000.00

Arthur Seabury, Social Worker – Hogan Preparatory Academy Middle School


Kansas City Charter School Elementary Teacher of the Year: $10,000.00

Keyonia Cobbins, 4th Grade Teacher – Academy for Integrated Arts


Kansas City Charter School Middle/High School Teacher of the Year: $10,000.00

Muriel Desbleds-Wilson, Middle School Science Teacher – Academie Lafayette


Kansas City Charter School Innovative Problem Solving Teams of the Year:

Student Success Center Team (Alicia Todt, Rose Brown, Katie Gore, Gretchen Penner, Kelsey Jinkens, Megan Cunningham, and Bennie Jackson) - Genesis Charter Schools

Reading Intervention Team (Marie Charles, Yamar Diack, Andre Fontcha, Marie-Catherine Marchand, Sandrine Molinengo, Marie-Louise Sock, Lois Nadal, Edouard Djiba, Gabrielle Jube & Yasmine Ouammou) - Academie Lafayette


There is also an award category for innovative school teams who have tackled challenges and developed solutions to ensure that children are learning. For this category $5000.00 was awarded to both Academie Lafayette and Genesis School


For more information about the Kansas City Charter School Excellence in Education Awards, please contact Douglas Thaman, dthaman@missouricharterschools.org