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Taking Students to Great Heights

The Kauffman School was named Missouri’s Charter School of the Year with the help of three alumni.

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Principal Dana Coleman, BJ ’10, works with Kauffman School students.

The mission of the Kauffman School can be summed up in three words: Create college graduates.

Andrew Stuart, BA BA ’10, teaches seventh grade language arts at the Kaufman School.

Andrew Stuart, BA BA ’10, teaches seventh grade language arts at the Kaufman School.

Founded in 2011 in northeast Kansas City, Missouri, The Ewing Marion Kauffman School “prepares students to be intellectually curious, economically independent, and confidently self-directed.” Students are challenged to think critically, embrace change and take charge of their own learning in a rapidly changing world.

These values led Andrew Stuart, BA BA ’10, to the school in 2014.

Kauffman was by far the most impressive school that I saw while visiting and interviewing,” the seventh-grade English language arts teacher says. “I knew it was a place that was going to push me to grow and improve as an educator.”

While Stuart always knew he wanted to teach, Cescily Turner-Phillips, BS Ed ’10, didn’t discover her love for inspiring kids until she spent a summer as a camp counselor. She quickly returned to Mizzou and changed her major.

Cescily Turner-Phillips, BS Ed ’10, teachhes

Cescily Turner-Phillips, BS Ed ’10, is a dean of students fellow at the Kauffman School.

Growing up in Chicago I had the opportunity to get a pretty good education,” she says. “Kansas City has so many smart and talented kids. I want these kids to have as many opportunities to accomplish their dreams as I had.”

Joining Stuart and Phillips, Dana Coleman, BJ ’10, serves as the principal for seventh and eighth grades and as an instructional math coach.

With these Tiger teachers, the Missouri Charter Public School Association named the Kauffman School the 2015 Missouri Charter School of the Year, just five years after it opened.

Kauffman serves about 650 students in fifth through ninth grades. The school’s goal is to increase enrollment to 1,100 by 2018 and to serve students through 12th grade.