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Hear from Felisha Harper about following her dream and finding her purpose at Crossroads Academy.

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Meet Felisha Harper

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This was given to me right before I moved away from home to Kansas City to teach in an urban school district. Everyone thought I was absolutely crazy. It reminds me of why I started, where I am and where I can go.


  • 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher


  • Drury University
  • Drury University


    Teacher Certification Program

      Why I Teach

      I never considered myself to be a brilliant person. I feel like I was always a hard worker and I wanted to do something powerful with my life. As I looked around at all my friends and admired how easy school came to them, I always wondered how I would keep up. I wasn’t that great in science, and definitely not in math. I could however, read and write fairly well. Close to graduating high school, I reflected on my educational journey and the skills that helped me grow into the successful academic student I became. Upon that reflection, I realized it was my ability to read, write and speak well. Even though I didn’t always feel like the brightest student in the room, my English skills helped me carry my weight. I wondered how many students coming up felt the same way I did, but didn’t necessarily have someone to stress that reading isn’t just a course in junior and high school, but a life skill. At that moment I knew I wanted to equip young people with the greatest tool they needed to succeed. I told myself that becoming an English teacher was not an option, but mandatory.

      By the Numbers

      • 690


      • 80


      • 3

        Schools in District

      About Crossroads Charter Schools

      • About

        Crossroads Charter Schools is a network of three tuition-free charter schools in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

        Our schools:

        • Crossroads Academy - Central Street, K-8th grade
        • Crossroads Academy - Quality Hill, K-8th grade
        • Crossroads High School, 9th-12th grade

        Our stats:

        • Staff: 90
        • Longer School Year: 189 Days
        • Longer School Day: 7.5 hours
        • FRL: 60%
        • Demographics: 40% African-American/Black, 38% White, 18% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 2% Multiracial

        At Crossroads Charter Schools, we…

        • Understand the significant difference between equity and equality. Every student deserves to receive what he/she needs to succeed (equity), not that every student receives the same amount of resources, instruction, attention, etc. (equality).
        • Develop school environments where all students are actively and meaningfully engaged in rigorous instruction.
        • Interrupt the “school to prison pipeline” – policies and practices that are directly and indirectly pushing the most at risk students out of school and on a pathway to the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
        • Engage families as partners in meaningful ways.
        • Build the capacity of diverse teams that are more reflective of our students.
        • Nurture an open, collaborative, and trusting environment because the work is enormous, deeply personal, emotional and often difficult.

        Crossroads Charter Schools Professional Growth Beliefs

        We believe in learner agency. We have high expectations for ourselves and our students. As adult learners, we work collaboratively to push ourselves to hone our craft of teaching. Coaches and administration will work alongside teachers to plan and implement instruction with intention.

        We believe growing and learning never stops. We believe every teacher deserves specific formative feedback that leads toward continuous student growth. Coaches and administration will be in classrooms to support in the learning process and reflect on current and promising practices.

        We believe in doing the work of the learner. We experience the work we are asking our learners to engage in and think about our own learning processes in order to notice and name what we do as learners and teachers. Coaches and administration promote parallel processes of learning and guide teachers in reflecting on the impact of lesson design on students.

      • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

        Crossroads Charter Schools has been honored in many ways, including but not limited to Missouri Charter School of the Year, Missouri Highest Performing Charter School, Urban Hero Award and Cornerstone Award for Economic Development. Many individuals and groups of teachers have been awarded the Fund for Teachers Summer Travel Grant.  

        Crossroads teachers must:

        • Be collaborative, creative and reflective.
        • Foster a community of acceptance and trust.
        • Set high expectations for self, students and colleagues.
        • Be committed to professional growth.
        • Infuse humor and fun into the learning environment.

        If you are committed to transforming public education, we want to meet you!

        CCS offers a competitive salary package for our staff. Starting salary with a bachelor’s degree is approximately $44,000.

        CCS is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits program designed to attract and retain high-quality staff. CCS offers medical, dental, disability, life insurance, retirement plans, health saving accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.

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