Alternative Teaching Certification Program

Our Team

Passionate About Education in Kansas City

The team at The Educator Academy 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.

If you are interested in joining our team, check out our Careers page to review our current openings.

Development Team

Charles King

President & Chief Executive Officer

Chuck Cordt

Director of Development


Kat Lipka

Grants & Operations Coordinator

Program Department

Bethany Schofield

Interim Director of Residency


Genee’ Johnson

Fellows Program Coordinator


Iyshia Sims

Continuum Coach & ECE Lead


Jessica Garcia

Senior Continuum Coach


Kandace Buckner

Interim Director of Curriculum

Leslie McTighe

Interim Chief Program Officer

Linda Kovac

Continuum Coach


Melissa Noland

Senior Continuum Coach


Tawar Khalandi

 Continuum Coach & Project Lead


Talent and Growth Team

Andrew Stuart

Director of Strategic Growth


Lauren Sinovic

Talent Manager


Vernon Birmingham

Talent Manager

Operations Team

Andrea Bright Harrell

Operations Manager: People & Branding

Aryiel Everett

Communications & Operations Coordinator

Beth Benkert

Chief Operating Officer

Kat Lipka

Grants & Operations Coordinator


Get started today.

If you’re passionate about setting a higher standard for education, whether through applying, partnering, or donating, please contact The Educator Academy today at (816) 298-5660 to learn more about our alternative teaching certification program.

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