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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.

Program Department

Our program department handles all things for our programming, from admission to alumni. This department is broken into 3 teams. that each engage with participants at various points on the educator continuum.

Leslie McTighe

Chief Program Officer


Program Department:

Educator Preparation Team

Our educator preparation team focuses on the preparation and certification of new teachers. These staff members handle the programming, instruction, and coaching for teachers earning their certification through one of our programs, like the teacher residency or teacher fellows program.

Bethany Schofield

Director of Educator Preparation


Genee’ Johnson

Assistant Director of Educator Prep.


Iyshia Sims

Program Manager of Educator Preparation


Jessica Garcia

Program Manager of Educator Preparation


Linda Kovac

Program Manager of Educator Preparation


Vonnchet Clark

Program Manager of Educator Preparation


Program Department:

Educator Development Team

Our educator development team focuses on the equipping teachers already in the classroom. This looks like coaching returning teachers, hosting professional development like The Summit, and more!

Melissa Noland

Senior Continuum Coach


Tawar Khalandi

 Continuum Coach & Project Lead


Program Department:

Admissions Team

Our admissions team handles the recruitment and admission of program participants for our alternative teaching certification programs. Interested in becoming a teacher? Our admissions team would be excited to share more details about our certification pathways. Sign up for a call with our admissions manager,

Lauren Sinovic

Director of Admissions


Vernon Birmingham

Admissions Manager

Growth Team

Our growth team handles the strategic partnerships with supporters, foundations, partners, and government entities. Through their strategic collaboration, we are able to make a difference in schools across the metro. Interested in supporting our work? Our growth team would love to connect to share ways you can be involved in our work. From school partnership, to a monetary donation, to volunteering your time, there are many ways for you to support our work.

Charles King

President & Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Stuart

Managing Director of Strategic Growth

Chuck Cordt

Director of Development


Kat Lipka

Assistant Grants Manager

Operations Team

Our operations team is a multifaceted group that supports on the logistics and planning to make our organization’s work possible. From communications to HR, to finance, and event planning, our teammates support making our work possible

Beth Benkert

Chief Operating Officer

Andrea Bright Harrell

Senior Operations Manager

Aryiel Everett

Assistant Operations Manager

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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