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 a premier college prep district developing educated, compassionate, self-motivated leaders who prepare for life-long career options and give back to their communities. Hogan accepts all eligible students, regardless of their academic ability, and commits to preparing those students for college. Hogan's rich history, recent achievements and vision for the future make it one of the most distinguished college-prep charter schools serving Kansas City.
In 1999, with the sponsorship of University of Central Missouri, 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. More than 80 percent of our students attend college. Each year, scholarships for Hogan seniors surpass $1 million. Hogan's basketball, football, track and wrestling teams consistently compete in post-season playoffs. The Hogan Ram's won the 2011 Basketball State Championship. Students can expect Hogan to provide high, unwavering expectations; college-prep curriculum with strict graduation requirements; free tutoring offered in partnership with Rockhurst University and University of Missouri - Kansas City; college counseling that helps identify and select the best colleges that fit their needs; and aggressive exposure to college recruiters through an annual college fair, campus visits and 1:1 meetings.
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. The entry-level salary was increased by approximately 10 percent for the 2017-2018 school year, and the teaching staff has the opportunity to earn up to $5,000 additional compensation based on student growth. All district employees are eligible to earn up to $1,000 additional compensation.
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