• The achievement gap in Kansas City impacts over 30,000 kids growing up in poverty.

  • The district has embraced a platform of reform in recent years. The initiatives include recruiting high quality teachers, in part by increasing Teach For America's presence.

About Kansas City

Not all kids in Kansas City are afforded the same educational opportunities. By the time they take the Missouri state exam in the third grade, students in Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) have already fallen significantly behind their peers in more affluent Lee’s Summit in reading and writing. This gap only continues to widen throughout their time in our system.

When Teach For America opened in Kansas City in 2008, the prevailing notion was that the problems in education were unsolvable. By and large the community lacked faith that substantive change was possible. Today, partially because of the work of Teach For America corps members and alumni, Kansas City has embraced the potential of reform. As we see classrooms and schools that are turning around, community and civic leaders feel a newfound sense of optimism about our collective power to overcome the challenges that have plagued our schools for decades.

At this unique and exciting moment in time, Teach For America – Kansas City, along with our schools, community partners, and state, is working to ensure we have leadership necessary at every level to provide all students in Kansas City with the educational opportunities they deserve.

Connect With Us

2000 Baltimore Ave Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64108
Tel 816-753-0774
Fax 816-753-0774

Executive Director

Executive Director
Will Krebs
Will first joined Teach For America as a corps member in 2007.

A native of Oskaloosa, KS and graduate of Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, his path to education follows the example of his parents and other family members who have taught and led in public schools.

As a coach, community partner and special education teacher on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Will led his students to many academic, athletic, and social victories. Inspired by what his kids were able to achieve, he went on to pursue a Master’s of Arts in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice from the University of Colorado, Boulder. From there, Will served in a number of policy roles, including Senior Policy Advisor for the Indiana Department of Education and Deputy Commissioner for the Florida DOE, with responsibilities for developing and advocating for policies designed to support teachers and improve outcomes for students. In 2013, he was delighted to return to the mid-west to serve the students and families of the Kansas City community.
 

 

Regional Stats

2008
YEAR TFA ARRIVED
50
CORPS SIZE THE FIRST YEAR
160
CORPS SIZE THIS YEAR
11,000
STUDENTS REACHED YEARLY
100
ALUMNI IN EDUCATION
2
ALUMNI SCHOOL LEADERS
Data valid as of: Aug 2013