Hear from Genee Johnson about how the tight-knit community and smaller classes at Hogan allow her get to know students and families—and better help them succeed.
I teach at Hogan because of the location. It’s a charter school within the school district I attended and graduated from, and it’s the district I live in now. I think it’s important that my students see me daily outside of work, at the same grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants they are in. I also love the small size of Hogan. We have three schools in our district and about 300 students at the middle school where I work. I love my class sizes of about 20. Smaller classes help me build strong relationships with my students and give more personalized attention to differentiation.
I became a teacher because I believe education is vital to our urban youth. Outside of my family members, the most impactful adults in my life were a few of my teachers. I also wanted the opportunity to serve the community where I grew up by being an example of a successful adult. I think it’s important that African American children experience role models who look like them and who have very similar upbringings as they do. I am also passionate about modeling how effective culturally relevant pedagogical practices can be for urban students. Lastly, in teaching I use my gifts and talents every day, building personal relationships with youth—I've been mentoring since high school—being very organized, and being passionate about learning, in particular reading and writing creatively. The joy of walking through growth processes with others is what motivates me day in and day out to continue to teach.
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Hogan Preparatory Academy is an organization of leaders, educators, and mentors working closely with families and the community to help students unlock their greatest potential. Hogan prepares students for college and career success by providing education, experience, and passion that equips them with a distinct competitive advantage. Hogan accepts all eligible students, regardless of their academic ability, and commits to preparing those students for college or career.
To help our students pursue their passion and achieve their greatest potential, the Hogan educational program emphasizes a personalized learning system that involves three steps of the Hogan Journey: Awarenesss - Elementary School, Exploration - Middle School, and Preparedness - High School. Upon graduation from high school, students will leave Hogan either prepared for college, with at least one industry recognized credential, and/or with work experience. Hogan's rich history, recent achievements and vision for the future make it one of the most distinguished charter schools serving Kansas City.
In 1999 Hogan became a tuition-free public charter high school. Hogan added a middle school in 2011 and an elementary in 2013. Currently, Hogan serves approximately 1,100 K-12 students. Each year, scholarships for Hogan seniors surpass $1 million. Hogan's basketball, football, and track teams consistently compete in post-season playoffs. Most recently, the Hogan Ram's won the 2018 Boys Basketball State Championship.
Hogan Preparatory Academy is committed to supporting staff by assigning two full-time instructional coaches to each campus. For 2020-2021, Hogan has also added an Instructional Improvement Coordinator, a Student Services Coordinator, and a Coordinator of Assessment, Data and Integrated Technology. These additional supports work directly with the instructional staff to improve teaching and learning at Hogan.
Hogan Preparatory Academy has a competitive salary schedule and a rich benefits package, which includes board-paid health insurance. Full-time employees have access to dental, vision and a variety of other voluntary benefits. For 2020-2021, the entry-level salary for teachers is $40,000, and those with experience with a BS, MS, or EdSpec degree are given credit for all their years of full-time teaching experience up to 29 years upon starting work at Hogan. The maximum teaching salary for 2020-2021 is $79,584. Classified staff at Hogan make a minimum of $19/hr during the 2020-2021 school year.
Hogan Preparatory High School students are able to participate in the Grow Your Own teacher preparation program through a partnership with the UMKC Institute of Urban Education. The GYO program has three main objectives. It is designed to encourage high school students to explore teaching and related fields, especially in their home communities, as an important and meaningful career option so that they can return to their community upon graduation to work as teachers in the same buildings they sat as students. Secondly, it is to provide students with opportunities to access credit-bearing college courses at an affordable cost through dual-credit opportunities. Third, it is designed to give students college knowledge and preparation, as well as guidance and mentorship to this end. Throughout the program, students will be receiving practical strategies and skills that will lead to college success. Students will work closely with students, faculty, and staff in UMKC’s IUE. To this end, students will receive ongoing mentorship and guidance around next steps as they consider their future.
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