Hear from Shampayne Mitchell about the moment she sees light bulbs in the minds of her students.
My favorite part about teaching is when I notice the light bulb glowing in the minds of my students. When a student has difficulty understanding something, and then finally cross the finish line with understanding, I feel so proud and eager to continue giving my students my best.
I wanted to ensure that every student I encounter goes forward knowing they are loved and valued. More importantly, the students will know that they are able to accomplish anything they put their minds to.
School in District
At Brookside Charter School, we develop leaders who bravely make the world a more just place. We nurture the whole child, instill a growth mindset, and foster cultural competence. Our motto is, “Enter to Learn. Exit to Lead.” In 2020, we became the 6th Charter School in the world to be awarded the Lighthouse Leader in Me School recognition. As a Leader in Me™ School, we implement the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to empower students to be leaders of their tomorrow.
Brookside Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school serving Pre-K through 8th grade students within the KCPS boundaries. Brookside Charter focuses on addressing underserved areas of the Kansas City Public Schools district, where needs are the greatest.
Brookside Charter is a caring community, one that is conducive to growth for both students and faculty. Currently we serve 720 students, and we’d like to build our enrollment over the next five years to serve 800 students. Because of well-trained and -supported faculty members, we are poised to continue preparing our students for success in high school and beyond!
Brookside Charter School provides all staff with quality, relevant professional development. This year our Professional Development focuses on Trauma Informed Teaching, Social Justice, Building Anti Racist White Educators (BARWE), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as well as implementation of our core curriculums.
Brookside Charter assigns one Instructional Coach to every 12 teachers (or less.) Instructional Coaches help teachers develop and implement curriculum as well as provide feedback on becoming a stronger educator.
Brookside Charter has a low teacher to student ratio of 1:15. Teachers are able to focus on building strong relationships with students and families by truly getting to know students and their needs
Brookside Charter School offers a comprehensive compensation package including a competitive base salary, benefits and opportunities for additional pay associated with additional school involvement. The average salary of first-year teachers at Brookside Charter is $39,000.
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Brookside Charter School currently employs 4 of our former students. No matter the students’ interests, Brookside Charter helps them find the high school to best help them reach their goals. Over 86% of our Middle School students participate in an Internship, Club or Sport outside of their regularly assigned classes. This helps students build a resume that stands out amongst their peers when applying to high school and beyond.