Our Team

We are proud to introduce our 2023-2024 Faculty & Staff!

Dr. Danielle Miles

Executive Director
Dr. Danielle Miles

Dr. Danielle Miles started her teaching career at a local K-8 charter school. She moved to the Raytown School District in 2006 where she taught in an elementary classroom for five years and served as an elementary principal for nine years at Blue Ridge Elementary. As a principal, Dr. Miles focused on building a positive, collaborative culture and emphasized developing leaders and learners who inspire others to greatness. Her notable successes included maintaining high enrollment, building and retaining an exceptional staff, and steady improvement in all facets of the school’s performance. The school consistently ranked in the top three academically in the district and also significantly reduced behavior and suspension data by establishing a successful multi-tiered support system.

Dr. Miles has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Park University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Avila University, an Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri, and Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

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Ryan Brennan

Chief Operating Officer
Ryan Brennan

Mr. Brennan joined the CWCKC team in October 2015, just prior to the school receiving its charter. Throughout the planning year (2015-16), Ryan worked closely with the build-out team to bring the vision of a bright, joyful campus staffed with an experienced and passionate educational team to fruition. Ryan supports the school in the areas of finance, recruitment/enrollment, human resources, school operations/administration, and strategic planning support. Ryan has also works closely with our Board, Sponsor, and Department of Education to ensure compliance across all areas of operations. Mr. Brennan earned an MBA from Colorado Christian University and a BS in Business Administration from Colorado State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

2022 MCPSA Excellence in Education “Administrative Team Member of the Year” Winner

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Johanna Chambers

Director of Student Services
Johanna Chambers

Ms. Chambers joined the CWCKC team in 2018 as the first school social worker.  She has been in social work for 20 years and has worked in several settings, but she is most passionate about mental health care in schools.  She is in awe every time a child lets her see inside their world while in the therapy room.  She loves working in schools because it means she gets to impact a child’s world beyond what happens in a therapy session, and she believes in the power of partnering with teachers and students’ families to make school a safe and happy place for each and every student.  At CWCKC, she leads the Student Support Team, the implementation of social and emotional learning across the school, manages partnerships with community organizations to support a whole child approach to school, and provides therapy services.

2021-22 CWCS “Change” Core Value Winner

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Sara Nelson

​Director of Special Education
Sara Nelson

Ms. Nelson joined Citizens in 2016-2017 and leads our Special Education team. She has a B.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Across her 10-year career, she has worked with special needs students from Kindergarten through High School.

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Ivette De La Paz

Coordinator - Language Services
Ivette De La Paz

Ms. De La Paz joined Citizens during the 2022-2023 school year as our Coordinator of Language Services, providing Spanish translation and interpretation services.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  She has more than fifteen years of experience as a translator and interpreter, including leading efforts to establish a department for Spanish interpretation at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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Tisha Kidd

Coordinator - Technology & Platforms
Tisha Kidd

Ms. Kidd joined Citizens in 2018-2019 and is now our Coordinator of Technology & Platforms, after serving as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher for 3 years. She has as B.S. in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University. Before joining us, Ms. Kidd had two years of experience teaching 2nd Grade, Kindergarten, and Head Start in Kansas City district schools.

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Katy Lineberry

Coordinator - Recruitment & Enrollment
Katy Lineberry

Mrs. Lineberry joined Citizens in 2020-2021 and is now our Coordinator of Recruitment & Enrollment after serving in 4th Grade Teacher and Math Instructional Specialist roles. She has a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Music from Truman State University, as well as her K-12 Gifted Certification. Before joining us, Mrs. Lineberry had 6 years of experience in district schools in both Florida and Missouri and spent time teaching early childhood music.

**2022-23 CWCS “Community” Core Value Winner

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Kristi Reneau

Executive Administrative Assistant
Kristi Reneau

Ms. Reneau joined the Citizens of the World team in 2023 as an Executive Administrative Assistant.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University.  She has more than 15 years of administrative experience, including as an entrepreneur of her own small business.

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Blake Smith

Coordinator - Facilities & Food Service
Blake Smith

Mr. Smith joined Citizens in 2022-2023 and is now a Coordinator of Facilities and Food Service. He holds a bachelors in Nonprofit Leadership from Williams Jewell College. Before joining the Citizens family, he served in a number of roles doing community outreach and event planning.

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Troy Butler

Principal
Troy Butler

Mr. Butler joined Citizens in 2021-2022 and serves as the K-8 Principal. He holds B.A. degrees in General Students (Wichita State University) and Secondary Education-English (UMKC) and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from UMKC. Prior to joining us, Mr. Butler had twelve years of experience in middle and high schools, serving as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and Department Chair in other district schools throughout the Kansas City area.

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Daniel Manley

Assistant Principal
Daniel Manley

Mr. Manley joined Citizens of the World in 2021-2022 teaching middle school history, and now serves as our Assistant Principal.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rockhurst University and a Master of Arts from Wichita State University.  Prior to joining us, he had six years of experience teaching and serving as an administrator in Kansas public schools. In addition to his experience in schools, he is a published author.

**2022-23 CWCS “Excellence” Core Value Winner

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Erika Gibbs

Coordinator - Constructivist Learning & Early Childhood
Erika Gibbs

Ms. Gibbs was a member of our founding faculty at CWCKC teaching Kindergarten, and now serves as the Coordinator for Constructivist Learning & Early Childhood.  She has a B.S. from the University of St. Mary and an AMS Montessori Certification.  Across her 25-year teaching career, she has worked in early childhood settings, including specialized settings for supporting children experiencing trauma.

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Jamesetta Mills

Office Manager
Jamesetta Mills

Ms. Mills joined Citizens in 2016-2017 and is our Office Manager.  She has a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Stephens College. Prior to joining us, Ms. Mills worked in Administrative Services for 11 years from the Greater KC YMCA to the Metropolitan Bar Association.

2018-19 CWCS “Authenticity” Core Value Winner

2021-22 CWCS “Community” Core Value Winner

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Gina Hines

Building Clerk
Gina Hines
Ms. Hines joined the Citizens of the World team in 2023-2024 as our Building Clerk.  She holds an Associates degree in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix and has almost twenty years of experience as a case manager and similar roles.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to get to know students and families in her new position at Citizens.

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Nicole Gardner

Kindergarten Teacher
Nicole Gardner

Mrs. Gardner joined Citizens in 2017-2018. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University. Prior to joining us, Ms. Gardner had three years of experience in a preschool setting as a teacher and assistant director.

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Aryn Soffer

Kindergarten Teacher
Aryn Soffer

Ms. Soffer joined the Citizens of the World team in 2023-2024 as a Kindergarten teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Touro College and a Masters in Education from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.  She is also currently working towards an additional Masters in Special Education from Wichita State University.  She has thirteen years of educational experience and cares deeply about providing a calm, supportive classroom environment for her students.

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Leslie Torrence

Kindergarten Teacher
Leslie Torrence
Ms. Torrence is now a Kindergarten teacher after joining us as a 2nd grade teacher during the 2022-2023 school year.  She holds an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and has more than 20 years of experience within the field of education, including four years as an instructional assistant in a special education classroom for students with significant needs.

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Mi’Kelle Carter

1st Grade Teacher
Mi'Kelle Carter
Ms. Carter joined Citizens of the World in 2022-2023 as a 4th grade teacher, and now serves as a 1st grade teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in both Elementary Education and Business Administration from Lincoln University.  Ms. Carter has extensive experience working with early childhood students and elementary students with the Boys and Girls Club and HeadStart programs.

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Jennifer Christensen

1st Grade Teacher
Jennifer Christensen

Ms. Christensen joined Citizens in 2020-2021 and is a 1st grade teacher. She has a B.S. from Lafayette College and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from University of Missouri. Prior to joining us, Ms. Christensen had nine years of experience teaching Kindergarten in other Kansas City charter and district schools.

2021-22 CWCS “Diversity” Core Value Winner

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Christina Murphy

1st Grade Teacher
Christina Murphy

Ms. Murphy joined the Citizens of the World community as a 1st grade teacher in 2022-2023. Before joining our staff, she served as a Science City educator and filled the roles of long-term substitute, secretary, and reading group facilitator in area elementary schools.

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Sonya Felder

2nd Grade Teacher
Sonya Felder

Ms. Felder joined Citizens in 2021-2022 as a 3rd grade teacher, and is now a 2nd grade teacher.  She holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is pursuing her Master’s in Elementary Education from Avila University.  Prior to joining us, she had 20+ years’ experience working with youth in roles including substitute teacher, para-educator, tutor, before/after-school program director, and community outreach director of a non-profit organization.

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Joelleanne Tejada

2nd Grade Teacher
Joelleanne Tejada
Ms. Tejada joined the staff of Citizens of the World in 2022-2023 as a 4th grade teacher and is now a 2nd grade teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Missouri State University.  Prior to joining us, Ms. Tejada gained experience in the classroom through tutoring and instructing painting classes.

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Kerri Ethridge

3rd Grade Teacher
Kerri Ethridge

Ms. Ethridge joined the Citizens of the World staff in 2022-2023 as a 2nd grade teacher, and is now a 3rd grade teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Park University.  She has received training in Conscious Discipline and helping students who have experienced trauma and has more than 8 years of experience in district and private elementary schools in the Kansas City area.

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Camille Wilcox

3rd Grade Teacher
Camille Wilcox
Ms. Wilcox joined the Citizens of the World community as a 3rd grade teacher in 2023-2024.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration and Criminal Justice from Ashford University and a Masters of Urban Education from Park University.  Ms. Wilcox has fifteen years of experience working with students and prides herself on building relationships with families to support student needs.

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Stephanie Hankins

4th Grade Teacher
Stephanie Hankins
Ms. Hankins joined the Citizens of the World team as a 4th grade teacher for the 2023-2024 school year.  She holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Park University and a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.  She has a wide breadth of experience working with students of all ages, including time as a teaching assistant and tutor, as well as instructional experience teaching medical students in both Kansas and Missouri.

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Madilynn Kettle

4th Grade Teacher
Madilynn Kettle

Ms. Kettle joined the Citizens of the World team in 2023-2024 as a 4th grade teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University. With more than ten years of experience teaching upper elementary classes in Kansas City area charter and private schools, she is highly skilled in creating and maintaining a productive and effective learning environment focused on academic, social, and emotional growth for all students.

Latasha Roland

5th Grade Teacher
Latasha Roland
Mrs. Roland joined Citizens in 2021-2022 and is a 5th grade teacher. She holds a B.A. in History from College of Wooster and is pursuing her M.A. in Education from Missouri State University.  Prior to joining us, Mrs. Roland had 11 years experience in district and charter schools in North Carolina as well as the Kansas City area. In addition, she was the Director of Teaching & Learning with Teach for America – Kansas City.

**2022-23 CWCS “Authenticity” Core Value Winner

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Ridley Thomas

5th Grade Teacher
Ridley Thomas
Mr. Thomas joined the Citizens of the World team in 2023-2024 as a 5th grade teacher.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages with an emphasis in French from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Twice-Exceptional Students from the University of Kansas.  With almost twenty years of teaching experience, he is passionate about developing and implementing project-based learning, as well as developing strong relationships with students and families.

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Jerry Morris

History Teacher
Jerry Morris
Mr. Morris joined our Citizens of the World community as our middle school History teacher for the 2023-2024 school year.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Missouri State University.  He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in Kansas City area schools and is passionate about providing a rigorous, disciplined, and fun learning environment for his students.

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Shanell Terry

Science Teacher
Shanell Terry
Ms. Shanell joined Citizens in 2020-2021 as a 3rd grade teacher, and now serves as the Middle School Science teacher.  She has a B.S. from Devry University in Technical Management.  Ms. Shanell comes to us from an 18+ year career in Technology; prior to transitioning into teaching and after leaving IT, she worked as a lead STEM instructor for Engineering for Kids in Las Vegas.  Ms. Shanell is currently a Teach for America Corps Member and is working towards a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
**2020-21 CWCS “Change” Core Value Winner

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Shataka Young

English & Language Arts Teacher
Shataka Young
Ms. Young joined the Citizens of the World team for the 2023-2024 school year as our Middle School ELA Teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri, including a concentration in Special Education.  She has fifteen years of experience working with students and founded her own non-profit in Kansas City.  She is passionate about fostering a love of reading and effective communication among her students.

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Julian Goff

Classroom Coach - Math & Electives
Julian Goff
Mr. Goff joined the Citizens staff in 2022-2023 as our K-8 music teacher. In addition to being a percussionist who performs locally, Mr. Goff has five years of experience teaching music in Kansas City schools, educating students from preschool through middle school.

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Dominique Betts

Literacy Interventionist & Coach
Dominique Betts
Ms. Betts joined Citizens in 2018-2019 and after serving as a classroom teacher, is now a Literacy Interventionist & Coach. She holds a B.A. from Neumann University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Lincoln University.  Before joining us, Ms. Betts had one year of experience as a 2nd Grade Literary Support teacher in Philadelphia, PA.

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Angela Garcia

ELL & Special Education Interventionist
Angela Garcia
Ms. Garcia joined Citizens in 2022-2023 as a Special Education teacher and ELL specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and a Masters in ELE Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from Universidad Europea Miguel in Cervantes, Spain. Prior to joining us, she had four years of teaching experience in Madrid, Spain, as well as three years of experience as an au pair for special needs children. Ms. Garcia is bilingual in Spanish and English.

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Kerrie Schoen

Math Interventionist & Coach
Kerrie Schoen

Ms. Kerrie was a founding member of our Citizens of the World faculty in 2016-2017. She has a B.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Rockhurst University. Before joining us, Ms. Schoen had four years of experience teaching visual arts and dance while teaching abroad in the Dominican Republic as well as at another KC charter school.

2021-22 CWCS “Excellence” Core Value Winner

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Sydney Clark

Art Teacher
Sydney Clark
Ms. Clark joined the Citizens of the World team in 2023-2024 as our art teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  She has experience teaching in Kansas City area schools, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and through area art centers.  She is a practicing artist who enjoys showcasing her work in area galleries.

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Dr. Meagan Conley

Music Teacher
Meagan Conley
Dr. Conley joined the Citizens of the World community as our music teacher in 2023-2024.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Arkansas State University, Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  She has more than ten years of experience as a professional musician, performing in a variety of ensembles and genres.

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Calvin Davenport

PE Teacher
Calvin Davenport

Mr. Davenport joined Citizens in 2021-2022 and after serving as a classroom teacher, is now our PE teacher.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Ottawa University and a Master’s in Urban Education from Park University.  Prior to joining us, he had three years experience teaching in Kansas City district schools.

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Lawrence Wood

Spanish Teacher
Lawrence Wood
Mr. Wood joined the Citizens of the World team as our K-4th grade Spanish teacher in 2023-2024.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Brigham Young University, has completed Masters courses at Missouri State University, and received his K-12 Spanish Certification from Northwest Missouri State.  Holding more than eleven years of teaching experience, he is passionate about helping students become productive, responsible citizens in all of our communities.

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Emily Barron

Guidance Counselor
Emily Barron
Ms. Barron joined the Citizens of the World staff in 2022-2023 as a counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Prior to joining us, Ms. Barron served as a paraprofessional and Court-Appointed Special Advocate, she is passionate about supporting students and creating a welcoming school environment.

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Jessica Cox

Social Worker
Jessica Cox
Ms. Cox joined our Citizens of the World community in 2023-2024 as our Social Worker.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Students from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Masters of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas.  She grew up in Midtown Kansas City where our school is located and is looking forward to building relationships with the Citizens students and families.

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Cassandra Mortensen

Behavior Coach
Cassandra Mortensen
Ms. Mortensen joined the Citizens of the World team for the 2023-2024 school year as our Behavior Coach.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Psychology from Park University and has thirteen years of experience with families and children, working as a paraprofessional, family liaison, and case manager.  Ms. Mortensen is passionate about helping individuals learn about how trauma affects the brain, especially at a young age.

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Rashad Wahab

Guidance Counselor
Rashad Wahab
Mr. Wahab joined Citizens in 2022-2023 as a counselor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Marian University and a Master of Science in Educational Science from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Prior to joining us at CWC, Mr. Wahab served in multiple coordinator roles at the Boys and Girls Club in Milwaukee, as well as oversaw programs at LINC in Kansas City.

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Carmen Turner

School Nurse
Carmen Turner
Nurse Carmen joined our team for the 2023-2024 school year as our School Nurse. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse with more than twenty years of experience in different medical environments. She is a compassionate and strongly motivated worker who is looking forward to building relationships with our students and families.

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Patti Benton

Special Education Teacher
Patti Benton
Ms. Benton joined the Citizens of the World staff in 2022-2023 as a Special Education Teacher. She holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Prior to joining us, Ms. Benton worked in district schools in Kansas City for ten years as a reading interventionist and special education teacher.

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Josh Albarelli

Special Education Teacher
Josh Albarelli
Mr. Albarelli joined us in 2022-2023 as a Special Education Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Truman State University and a Masters in Special Education from University of Missouri – Kansas City. Before joining us, Ms. Albarelli had eight years of experience teaching special education at schools in Wisconsin and Missouri.

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Peggy Caton

Special Education Related Services Coordinator
Peggy Caton
Ms. Caton joined the Citizens of the World staff in 2022-2023 as our Related Services Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Central Missouri. Ms. Caton has 25 years of teaching experience in Kansas City area schools, serving as a paraprofessional, substitute teaching, and early childhood special education teacher.

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Kassie Dresch

Special Education Instructional Asst. & Registered Behavior Therapist
Kassie Dresch
Ms. Dresch joined the Citizens of the World Community for the 2023-2024 school year as a Registered Behavior Therapist.  In addition to completing coursework at the Art Institute of Phoenix, she has her Registered Behavior Technician certificate and is in the progress of completing a certificate with the Crisis Prevention Institute.  She has seven years of experience working with students of all ages.

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Emily Joyce

Special Education Instructional Asst. & Registered Behavior Therapist
Emily Joyce
Ms. Joyce joined Citizens in 2021-2022 as a Special Education ParaProfessional / Registered Behavior Technician. She has taken classes in Early Childhood at Metropolitan Community College. Prior to joining us she had worked as a ParaProfessional in private settings.

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Paige Kenney

Special Education Instructional Assistant
Paige Kenney
Ms. Kenney joined Citizens in 2022-2023 as a Special Education Instructional Assistant. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising. Prior to joining us, Ms. Kenney served as a nanny for Kansas City area families and is passionate about collaborating with families of neurodiverse children to give them the tools they need to thrive.

**2022-23 CWCS “Diversity” Core Value Winner

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Sara Langford

Special Education Assistant
Sara Langford
Mrs. Langford joined Citizens in 2020-2021 and is a Special Education Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing from West Texas A&M. Prior to joining us, she spent the prior five years volunteering and assisting in local schools.

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Brock Tendick

Special Education Teacher
Brock Tendick
Mr. Tendick joined the Citizens of the World staff in 2022-2023 as a Special Education Instructional Assistant and Registered Behavior Therapist, and now serves as a Special Education Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University. Prior to joining us, Mr. Tendick has served as a Registered Behavior Technician, paraprofessional, and other community support roles.

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Samone Wilson

Special Education Instructional Assistant
Samone Wilson
Ms. Wilson joined the Citizens of the World special education team as a paraprofessional during the 2023-2024 school year.  With three prior years of experience working with our students, families, and staff in many capacities around the school building, she brings her warmth and an understanding of our school community to her new position.

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Cordell Brooks

Daytime Custodian

Arthur ​Dawkins

Daytime Custodian

Sofia Gillespie

Meals Team

Ashley Harrison

Meals Team

Beverly Reed

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