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Ewing Marion Kauffman School

Hear from Kalilah Lasenby about building strong mentoring relationships at Ewing Marion Kauffman School.

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Meet Kalilah Lasenby

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I have a cheesy math teacher shirt on in this photo. It represents my personable personality that allows me to build relationships with the kids: Building strong mentoring relationships that impact student lives, learning and the future is why I teach!


  • 9th Grade Math Teacher


  • Southeastern University


    • 9th Grade Community Meeting Co-Leader

    Teacher Certification Program

      Why I Teach

      I have always desired to become a teacher to break mindsets of failure, and replace them with mindsets of victory that students can generalize to every aspect of their lives. I truly believe that getting quality education from someone who truly cares about your success should not be based on district or expensive. My favorite part of teaching is building relationships with these wonderful young people and seeing them succeed is heart throbbing genuinely. I also love teaching alongside my colleagues, who have all very much so become my family. 

      By the Numbers

      • 960

        Dedicated Students

      • 85


      • 3

        Schools in District

      About the Kauffman School

      • About

        The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a mission-driven college preparatory campus made up of two middle schools and one high school in Kansas City. Focused on student achievement and strong character, the school’s mission is summarized in three words: Create college graduates. 

        The Kauffman School was named 2015 Missouri Charter School of the Year. The schools serve a student population of which 87 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch and 90 percent identify as a person of color. Students are accepted by a lottery that prioritizes the six highest-need zip codes within the district. Students entering Kauffman School in fifth grade typically scored in the bottom third of the state on their fourth grade exams. After four years at Kauffman School, eighth grade classes score at the very top in state exams: In 2015-2016, Kauffman School eighth-graders ranked No. 1 in math, No. 3 in science and No. 12 in ELA in Missouri. 

        Kauffman School student results demonstrate brilliance, passion, creativity and work ethic. Empowered by their identities and place in the community, Kauffman students develop a critical consciousness of the world around them. Kauffman School staff actively partner with families to be a school not just in the community, but of the community.

      • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

        The Ewing Marion Kauffman School offers a competitive salary and benefits package for candidates. Additionally, the Ewing Marion Kauffman School offers relocation support for teachers moving to the Kansas City area. More information about salary is shared after the talent team reviews resumes in our application process.

      • Job Opportunities

        If you’re interested in working for Ewing Marion Kauffman School, check out our job postings at the link below or email cwilson@kauffmanschool.org.

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