Hear from Kalilah Lasenby about building strong mentoring relationships at Ewing Marion Kauffman School.
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!
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.
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The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is a free, public charter school serving more than 1,000 students in 5th through 12th grades. Focused on student achievement and strong character, the school’s mission is summarized in three words: create college graduates. The school serves a student population of which 87% qualify for free and reduced lunch and 90% identify as students 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, 8th grade students score at the very top in state exams; in 2015-2016 Kauffman School 8th graders ranked #1 in math, #3 in science, and #12 in ELA in the state of Missouri. Our founding freshman class was the #1 ranked district in Biology and the #2 ranked district in Algebra on Missouri’s end of course exams. These results have allowed us to create a high school that offers AP courses for all students, meaning 100% of students participate in AP courses by the time they graduate from our high school.
In 2015, the Kauffman School was recognized as Missouri Charter School of the Year. In 2016 and 2017, the Kauffman School earned a perfect score on its statewide Annual Performance Rating, one of only 7% of districts statewide to do so. In 2017, Teach For America named the Kauffman School a School To Learn From. Additionally, the Kauffman School became the first charter network outside of New York City to earn the top tier “Platinum” rating from the Leverage Leadership Institute, an extension of the Relay Graduate School of Education.
Our school and student results demonstrate our students’ incredible brilliance, passion, creativity, and work ethic. Kauffman School students are empowered by their identities and place in the community and 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.
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.
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