Missouri Charter Public School Association Recognizes Kansas City’s Best Charter School Educators

Kansas City, Mo. – Amidst an unprecedented global health crisis, schools and educators have been tasked with overhauling their procedures and curriculum to ensure students’ safety, while also continuing to provide a high-quality education. As educators rise to the challenge, yet again, the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA), in partnership with SchoolSmartKC, has honored some of the city’s best educators during the second annual Missouri Charter Schools Excellence in Education Awards.


“With the onset of school closings and distance learning, we’re reminded once again that educators are the unsung heroes in our students’ and families’ lives,” said Douglas Thaman, executive director of MCPSA. “The educators we’re honoring, like many others, have dedicated their lives to the education and betterment of their students, and they deserve to be lauded for their efforts.”


The Excellence in Education Awards came to fruition through a partnership with SchoolSmartKC, MCPSA, and Kansas City Public Schools. The program aims to elevate the teaching profession, increase teacher retention, and attract talent to pursue a career in education.


“SchoolSmartKC’s mission is to eliminate the achievement gap for students in the Kansas City Public School System and an essential part of success in this area is the quality of our educators,” said Angelique Nedved, Director of School Quality for SchoolSmartKC. “By elevating and recognizing their important work accomplished on a daily basis, we want to send the message that educators are the difference maker for students in our city. It’s in partnership with educators that our schools, our families, and our communities are able to grow, develop, and achieve in new areas – especially in these unparalleled times.”


Educators are nominated by their peers for one of five categories, including “Teacher of the Year” and “School Leader”. For each category there are three finalists and ultimately one award winner, which comes with a $10,000 prize. The winners join an elite group of master educators who serve as mentors, and offer best practices and professional development opportunities for other educators. Public school educators from both district and charter schools are eligible to be nominated.  MCPSA facilitates the charter school awards ceremony.


The 2020 Excellence in Education Kansas City finalists and award winners are listed below.


2020 Excellence in Education Kansas City Finalists and Award Winners


Elementary Teacher of the Year

★      Vonnchet Clark – Academy of Integrated Arts

          Haley Hurst – Academy for Integrated Arts

          Ciera Kelley – University Academy


Middle/High Teacher of the Year

★      Angela Rosheim – Kansas City International Academy

          Spencer Burke – Frontier Schools

          Stacey Hinkle – Crossroads Charter Schools


Staff Member of the Year

★      Bethany Brown – University Academy

          John Gresham – University Academy

          Michelle Marble – Frontier Schools

          Arica Miller – Academy for Integrated Arts


School Leader of the Year

★      Tony Kline – University Academy

          Nicole Goodman – Scuola Vita Nuova

          Tysie McDowell – Crossroads Charter Schools


Innovative Teams of the Year: $5,000

Teams who have tackled challenges and developed solutions to ensure that children are learning.

★      Behavioral Health Partnership Academy for Integrated Arts

★      Conflict Resolution Team – Genesis School

          CARE Room Team – Kansas City International Academy

          PreK Coop. Team – University Academy





About Missouri Charter Public School Association

Missouri Charter Public School Association’s (MCPSA) is recognized and respected as the primary resource and representative voice of Missouri’s charter school sector – comprising over 100 high-quality charter schools.  MCPSA’s mission is to improve student achievement by increasing access to high quality charter public education options throughout Missouri. In order to make this happen, MCPSA continuously develops and implements strategic services, resources, and partnerships intended to assist charter schools in providing the best possible public school opportunity to students and families. http://mocharterschools.org.


About SchoolSmartKC

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.  For more information about SchoolSmartKC, visit the website at: http://.schoolsmartkc.org.