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Gordon Parks Elementary School

Hear from Katie Skoog about how she gets to interact with, teach and love a soul every day.

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Meet Katie Skoog

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I talk with my students about how we don’t need to run from things that are hard—that those are things we can lean into and work through together.


  • 1st Grade Teacher



        Teacher Certification Program

          Why I Teach

          I wanted to impact students who really needed someone in their life. I wanted to make connections with students that would lead them to learning and that would lead them to caring about the people around them for the rest of their lives.

          By the Numbers

          • 181

            Dedicated Students

          • 18


          • 1

            School in District

          About GPES

          • About

            Gordon Parks Elementary School (GPES), a Kansas City public charter school, currently serves over 175 students between kindergarten and the fourth grade. Founded in 1999 by Dorothy Curry and Sue Jarvis, Gordon Parks was named in honor of the groundbreaking African-American photographer, filmmaker, musician and author who proudly endorsed the school’s mission of educating urban core children to reach their full potential.

            Our team of faculty and administrators stands committed to creating a school environment with high expectations for our students in the areas of achievement, attendance and behavior. To meet the individual educational needs of our students and close academic achievement gaps, there are two teachers in every classroom. This uniquely low student-teacher ratio enables GPES to closely monitor student achievement and implement individualized educational support.

            As a charter school, GPES receives public funding. We also depend on the generosity and dedication of community partners and volunteers to support our small classes, enhanced curriculum and intensive support services. Collectively, this team provides the environment, resources and high expectations necessary for our students to thrive.

          • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

            Gordon Parks Elementary School offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  Salaries are comparable to area school districts, and benefits provide flexibility for our employees.

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