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Administration


Dr. Donnie Mitchell
Principal


Dr. Mitchell was raised in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Piper High School.

Dr. Mitchell has been in the education field 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in secondary education. He received both his Master's degree and Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He received his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri. Dr. Mitchell has been a classroom teacher (social studies) in our school district (8 years) as well as an assistant principal in the Kansas City, Missouri School District and in the North Kansas City Missouri School District. This year he will begin his 7th year as principal of Northwest. Dr. Mitchell is also the youth director in his church. He has one brother and one sister and is married. He and his wife are the parents of a daughter and son.

Dr. Mitchell believes that students from Northwest deserve the best and that they WILL get the best.


Dr. Yvette Robinson
Assistant Principal
 


Joe Graham

Assistant Principal
Mr. Graham has lived and worked in Kansas City, Kansas for 15 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Bryan College in English and secondary education. He received one Master's degree in Literature from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a second one in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He received his Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri. In KCKPS, Mr. Graham was a classroom teacher for eight years and a instructional coach and teacher leader for seven years. This year will be his first year as an assistant principal at Northwest.

Mr. Graham is a fan of books, baseball, movies, and soccer. He is married and is the proud parent of a daughter and two sons. Mr. Graham believes in this community and is committed to providing the best educational experiences for KCK students.  



Ms. Margenell Collins
School Counselor
I have worked in the KCK School District for the past 20 years. In the beginning years I taught 4th or 5th grades, then about 10 years later changed to the Counseling Department. I have always had high expectations for students and myself as well.

My goal is to help students develop positive attitudes and behaviors about school, working, and learning. I know I have succeeded when I have encouraged someone to make better choices, and they're more successful because of because of those better choices.

My hobbies are reading, going to movies, listening to gospel and instrumental jazz music, and enjoying activities with family and friends. 


Ms. Cynthia Moore-Hollinshed
Reading Teacher Leader


Cynthia L. Moore has been in the field of Education for 17 years and is also a proud graduate of the KCK School district. She attended Quindaro Elementary School, Northwest Middle School and graduated Valedictorian of the 1988 class of Wyandotte High School. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and completed her Masters degree at Avila University. Miss Moore was an English teacher at Washington High School for 11 years and an Instructional Coach for 3 years. For 6 years, she worked as a National Staff Developer for an Educational Consultant Company where she provided professional development for urban school districts across the country. This will be her first year at Northwest Middle School. Miss Moore is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She writes and performs poetry and is actively involved in her church. She believes passionately in being a positive role model for young people in her community and therefore CHOOSES to reside in inner-city Wyandotte County.  

Mrs. Yandell Toevs
Math Teacher Leader
Yandell Toevs has been in education for 33 years. She is a product of the Kansas City, Kansas USD 500 School District. She attended Bryant Elementary, Bethel Elementary, Arrowhead Junior High, Eisenhower Junior High, and graduated from Washington High School with Highest Honors. She attended the University of Kansas and received an undergraduate degree in Secondary Math Education. She earned a Master's degree from Lesley University, and a second Master's degree from the University of Kansas.

Mrs. Toevs started her teaching career at Piper Junior/Senior High, but has spent the last 30 years in the USD 500. She was a math/computer teacher at Wyandotte High School, Alcott Alternative High School, and Washington High School. For the last 13 years, she has been a School Improvement Facilitator, Instructional Coach and Teacher Leader. This is her 5th year at Northwest Middle School.

Mrs. Toevs is married with 3 beautiful daughters and 2 son-in-laws. She loves movies, and spending time with her family and friends. In her spare time, she teaches night classes at Kansas City, Kansas Community College;  


8th Grade


Ms. Katharine Wright
Reading
Class Syllabus
 

Ms. Allison Sasso
Reading

 


Ms. Nicole Pizzato
Reading

Nicole Pizzato was born in Chicago, but graduated from Liberty High School in Liberty, MO. She majored in Creative Writing (Poetry) and History at Mizzou, and worked in the coffee industry for several years before discovering her passion for teaching. She was working as a curriculum writer for local non-for-profits, including YouthFriends and LiteracyKC when she found her calling in literacy and reading education, and enrolled at UMKC to become a certified middle school teacher. She will graduate with her Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership in the spring.

Ms. Pizzato lives with her husband and 3 year old daughter. In her spare time, she makes music, cooks, reads, writes poetry, gets crafty, and plays at the park with her family.  


Ms. Simone Petty
Math
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Ms. Demetrice Heard
Math
 

Ms. Scarlett Sherrets-Risley
Math
 


Mr. Rob Madden
Social Studies
Class Syllabus


Mr. Casey Welch
Science
Class Syllabus
Mr. Welch is a twin and was raised in Lee's Summit, MO where he attended Lee's Summit High School. During his younger years, Mr. Welch was fortunate enough to play competitive baseball, basketball, and football. He also ran track and cross- country and wrestled for 5 years. He received his BA in Biology Secondary Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City, while in addition earning his certification in Middle School Science and is dual state certified in Kansas and Missouri grades 6-12.

Mr. Welch has a passion for teaching and learning and feels no matter how rigorous or tough a concept can be, every student has the inner ability to understand and be successful. Education is the door to the future, and He is proud to witness his 8th grade science students' successes on a daily basis. Science is a passion for Mr. Welch and he loves to relate science to everyday life so that the students can see how a subject can affect them daily. What it really means when you watch the weather (why does it change so much?); what does longitude and the tilt of the Earth give us (different climates and seasons); what is some evidence of continental drift (islands and hot spots). If students' eyes are opened up to idea that the stuff they learn in school is a part of their everyday life, they will flourish with knowledge.

Outside of school Mr. Welch enjoys playing golf, reading, water sports, and spending time with family and friends. He is engaged and getting married in May, so when you see him in the hall, congratulate him!

"Nothings is real if you don't believe in who you are" -Rocky  


7th Grade
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Ms. Cozetta Jenkins
Reading

 

Ms. Kristen Zacharais
Reading

 


Mr. Jason Neland
Reading
Mr. Neland is a father of 5 children, 4 dogs, 25 rabbits, 9 chickens, 2 goats, and a cat. He is currently a resident of Kansas City, KS. He went to Olathe South High School and Avila University. Mr. Neland developed a joy for teaching kids when he became a Youth Pastor in 2000. He also worked as a counselor for five years with young people who had struggles in life. After substitute teaching for a year in the KCK and Turner district, he enjoyed it so much that he went back to school to get his certification.

After subbing several times at Northwest, a reading interventionist job became available. With much anticipation Mr. Neland applied for and secured the job. He is now in his 5th year at NW and is teaching 7th Grade ELA. His greatest moments at Northwest are when students overcome whatever barriers have been set up in their lives and become joyful learners!  


Ms. Traci Chmidling
Math
Class Syllabus
Mrs. Traci Chmidling is teaching Algebra/Geometry I & II. She is also the head volleyball coach and assists with track. She has been teaching at NWMS for the past 10 years but has been teaching since 1993. She attended Emporia State University to receive her secondary math and computer science teaching degree.

Mrs. Chmidling has 2 young daughters and a teenage step-daughter whose lives keep her days very full.  


Ms. Dawn Schwartz
Math
Class Syllabus
I grew up moving cross-country every two years. Born in Canada, I have lived in North Dakota, Alabama, California, Florida, New Mexico, South Carolina, Kansas and Washington State.

After graduating from Emporia State, I started teaching at Northwest Middle School in 1986. I have continued to work on post graduate hours attending K-State, Missourri State and many other local colleges.

I love to read, and spend time with my family. Teaching is my number one hobby.  


Ms. Danielle Blackstock
Math
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Skylar Roush
Social Studies
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Mr. Jonathan Goering
Social Studies 6 & 7
Class Syllabus
This is my 5th year here at Northwest as a Social Studies teacher. I love this subject because life is a puzzle and the study of social studies helps puts some of the pieces together. I also coach the Northwest chess team and have been coaching chess for 11 years leading all levels of students to chess tournaments and the end of the year state championships for middle school and high school.

I grew up in Wichita and graduated from Northwest High School. I spent several years up North participating in youth ministry music and studying broadcasting, which led to my own radio show playing classic rock and also a studio camera job and news graphics for ABC in Duluth MN. I also serve as a youth minister at REACH KCK in Wyandotte. This is a youth outreach that provides activities and ministry to high school youth throughout KCK and KCMO.

I love my job and work every year to get better and pass that knowledge on to my students. You enter my room to learn and exit to teach. My toughest job but also my favorite job is being a dad. My door is always open for visitors in my history class as well as chess team.

"They want us to remember history, but will history remember us?" (Warren Grady)  


Dorothy Sanders
Science
Class Syllabus
Ms. Sanders is the oldest of three children in her family. She grew up around the Great Lakes near Lake Erie. A graduate from University of Missouri Kansas City, Ms. Sanders has taught in the KCKS school District since 2010.

Ms. Sanders is an active member in her church community. Her hobbies include fishing, tennis and traveling, and she loves teaching 7th grade science.  


James White
Science 6 & 7
Class Syllabus
James White graduated from the University of Kansas with honors and has been enjoying teaching at Northwest for 2 years. His classroom emphasis is cooperative, hands on learning, and problem solving. One of his life goals is to see one of his students go into space as he always wanted to.

He loves God, nature, science, swimming, good novels and his grandmother's beef brisket. When he's not at Northwest, you might find him off climbing mountains with his friends or serving in a Christian camp.                      


6th Grade


Ms. Meghan Evans
Reading


Ms. Sarah Anderson
Reading



Ms. Kristine Peterson
Reading
Class Syllabus
This is Mrs. Peterson's second year teaching 6th grade reading and writing at Northwest. Before working for KCKPS, she taught communication arts and journalism for 10 years in the North Kansas City School District. Mrs. Peterson earned her degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City: a bachelors in English in 1995 and a masters in curriculum and instruction in 2003.

Mrs. Peterson enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and four sons. She and her husband have an online Lego store.


Ms. Kelli Karlson
Math
Class Syllabus
I grew up in Overland Park, KS and graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School. I started college at Johnson County Community College and then transferred to University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) with a Bachelors in Middle School education (5-9) and an emphasis in math. I student taught here at Northwest Middle School and the 2014-2015 school year will be my third year teaching.

I have one dog (Ace, black lab mix) and two cats (Bella, grey tabby and McLovin, solid black) and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my baby girl who was born in April 2014. 


Ms. Kristen Sittig
Math
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Ms. Liana Robben
Math
Class Syllabus

Delighted to be returning to Northwest Middle School as one of the 7th grade math teachers, Ms. Robben strives to build the bridge that is needed to transition from elementary to secondary mathematics successfully. She is currently earning her Masters Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Avila University and plans to graduate in May of 2012.

In her spare time, Ms. Robben enjoys movies, yoga, dancing, and traveling.  


Mr. Ed Henderson
Social Studies


Mr. Jonathan Goering
Social Studies 6 & 7
Class Syllabus
This is my 5th year here at Northwest as a Social Studies teacher. I love this subject because life is a puzzle and the study of social studies helps puts some of the pieces together. I also coach the Northwest chess team and have been coaching chess for 11 years leading all levels of students to chess tournaments and the end of the year state championships for middle school and high school.

I grew up in Wichita and graduated from Northwest High School. I spent several years up North participating in youth ministry music and studying broadcasting, which led to my own radio show playing classic rock and also a studio camera job and news graphics for ABC in Duluth MN. I also serve as a youth minister at REACH KCK in Wyandotte. This is a youth outreach that provides activities and ministry to high school youth throughout KCK and KCMO.

I love my job and work every year to get better and pass that knowledge on to my students. You enter my room to learn and exit to teach. My toughest job but also my favorite job is being a dad. My door is always open for visitors in my history class as well as chess team.

"They want us to remember history, but will history remember us?" (Warren Grady)  


James White
Science 6 & 7

James White graduated from the University of Kansas with honors and has been enjoying teaching at Northwest for 2 years. His classroom emphasis is cooperative, hands on learning, and problem solving. One of his life goals is to see one of his students go into space as he always wanted to.

He loves God, nature, science, swimming, good novels and his grandmother's beef brisket. When he's not at Northwest, you might find him off climbing mountains with his friends or serving in a Christian camp.


Ms. Fulece Hughes
Science
Fulece C. Carson-Hughes is a product of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools(KCKPS). She attended Lindbergh Elementary, Coronado Jr. High, and is a 1978 graduate of Wyandotte High School. Graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Administration/Finance from Saint Mary College, Leavenworth Kansas; Master of Business Administration, St. Louis, Mo; Master of Science in Education from Pittsburgh State University; Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Theology from Heart of American Christian College and Theological Seminary she believes knowledge is power. Before pursuing a Career in Education Ms. Hughes has gained experience in Aerospace Technology, Military Sales, Statistics and Management

Serving, KCKPS since 1996 has been rewarding. Selected as a first cohort KCK Teaching Fellow she received her Masters of Science Degree from Pittsburg State University and her Kansas Teaching Certification highly qualified in both Math and Science, K-9. She has served on various leadership advisory boards, associations, and affiliations which includes writing science curriculum, district in-service advisory and presenting, Critical Friends, NEA(building rep and bargaining academy graduate), SLC leader, Site Councils, PTSA, Family Advocacy, mentor…etc.

Ms. Hughes remains connected to area universities serving as a consultant and student at the University of Kansas. Product of Project Connect, Howard Hughes Institute School of Medicine and Science, K-State University, (Biological Research), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics research teacher, mentor and presenter for University of Kansas, Lawrence, Ks.

Ms Hughes is committed to positive change in the community. She has been recognized for her service to the community. Presenter for the National Association for Science Teachers and Kansas Association for Science Teachers. National Master Teachers for Middle Schools, National Science Foundation; Recipient of the Greater Kansas City Environmental Excellence Award for Middle Schools; Health Careers Pathways, University of Kansas, National Youth Sports Programs, Golden Royalties Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (2 term president, professional development and mentor); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Scholarship Event; Leadership, Praise and Worship, founder of the Betty Ann Delphine Carson Nursing Scholarship.

Ms. Hughes raised two daughters in the inner city of KCK who are both products of KCKPS. Dr. Curtrina Strozier, M.D. resides as a OBGYN Resident at Morehouse University in Atlanta, GA and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Cristina Hughes, Lenexa, Ks. works for Sprint Corporation pursing a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy. Ms. Hughes encourages her students to turn their Impossible Dreams into a Successful Reality.

"Dream Big, Achieve Now, Make Room because Success Is On The Way!"
 




Electives


Mr. Chris Cooper
PE
Class Syllabus
Education:
B.S. Health & Physical Education – Rust College, Holly Springs, Ms M.S. Health & Physical Education – Emporia State, Emporia Ks

This is my 3rd year at Northwest Middle School, and my 17th year overall in the KCK School District.

I have two sons ages 9 & 5, and have been married for 8 years to Lori Cooper, principal at Stony Point South Elementary. In my non-teaching time I officiate high school football & referee college basketball.  


Ms. Kathy Minor
PE
                      


Mr. Lohren Meier
Computer Applications
I graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in May of 1982. I graduated with a BS in Education and a Director of Christian Education (DCE) degree. I also had a Theology and a Youth Work minor. I worked as a DCE for two-and-a-half years following college. Then I went to work in Security at Worlds of Fun and doing investments through Primerica Financial Services. I started teaching third grade the fall of 1989 at Frances Willard Elementary School. After two years, in the fall of 1991, I transferred to Northwest Middle School and have been teaching here ever since. I have taught Reading, English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Theater, and Computers. I have been teaching computers for eight years now. This will be my third year to teach an engineering focused computer class called Gateway to Technology for seventh and eighth graders. In addition to that I also teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Computer Applications.

Mr. Lon Eric Craven
Visual Arts

6th Grade Exploratory Art Syllabus

7th Grade Exploratory Art Syllabus

8th Grade Drawing and Design Syllabus
Lon Eric Craven has been finding new ways to tell stories through pictures since first picking up a pencil. He grew up reading and watching for illustrations in The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Times. He went on to study illustration at the University of Kansas, and earned a Master's degree in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He worked as an illustrator for newspapers in Springfield, Mo., Niagara Falls, N.Y., as well as the Star. During this time he painted murals, spoke at author/illustrator workshops in public schools, and taught English as a second language to elementary students and college students. He has illustrated a number of children's books as he prepared for a career of teaching art to young people. He earned his second Master's degree in May of 2011 through Pittsburg State University and the KCK Fellows program. He lives with his wife and three children within view of the Nelson Art Gallery, the place that showed him the meaning of excellence in art. 


Ms. Renee Zimmerman
Vocal Music
Class Syllabus
Mrs. Zimmerman has taught music in the Kansas City, KansasPublic Schools for 10 years. She taughtvocal music at Argentine Middle and general music at Banneker Elementary. Mrs. Zimmerman also directed the district’schildrens’ chorus for 7 years. She has a BM from University of South Alabama, an MM from the University of Montevalloand an MMEd also from the University of Montevallo.

While studying music in Alabama, Mrs.Zimmerman won several piano awards, including the state college winner for Alabama Music Teachers Association Competition four times.

Mrs. Zimmerman directs music at Eastgate Christian Church in Independence, Missouri. She is married to Fred Zimmerman, who also teaches music for thedistrict at Frank Rushton Elementary. They have two children, Ryan and Katy. In her spare time she likes to garden and watch Royals baseball. 


Mrs. Heather Reynolds
Instrumental Music

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Mrs. Anne Neal
Orchestra 6
Mrs. Neal has been teaching at Northwest Middle School since 2004. She has experience teaching elementary music, high school music, band, and orchestra.

Besides teaching, she enjoys playing the bassoon in the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and other ensembles around the Kansas City metro. She has two small children, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running 


Mr. Camron Smith
Journalism

Class Syllabus
 


Special Services


Ms. Ketina Williams

Ms. Williams has an Associate of Arts from Kansas City Kansas Community College, a Bachelors of Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master of Arts Teaching in Adaptive Special Education from Pittsburg State University. This is her second year at Northwest Middle School.   

Ms. Alicia Cabamungan

               


Ms. Meredith Marlier
I got my bachelors in early childhood and special education from California University of Pennsylvania and my masters in Special Education with an emphasis in low incidence disabilities from University of Kansas.

I have a precious two year old son who is my world. I am also teaching "You, Me, and We" an enrichment class for children with and without disabilities this fall through JOCO parks and rec  


Mr. Patrick McArdle
 


Ms. Ashley Shawgo


Class Information Packet
Ms. Ashley Shawgo grew up in Overland Park, KS and graduated from Shawnee Mission South. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas in American Studies with three concentrations in Communication Studies, Art History and Education. She taught preschool for two years at Creme de la Creme in Leawood, KS while going back to school at Ottawa University to get her Elementary Education Degree. She recently graduated in May 2014 with her Masters in Adaptive Special Education from The University of Kansas.
In her spare time Ms. Shawgo enjoys spending time with her family. She just had a baby boy, Lincoln, in May 2014. She enjoys gardening, cooking, or sunbathing by the water at the Lake of the Ozarks. She has two dog children: Chihuahua's named Dori and Zayah. She also has 3 chickens: Dotte, Dirty & Waldo that she enjoys getting eggs from.


Ms. Kellie Bireley

 


Ms. Novellette Luster
I have lived and worked in the Kansas City area for over 25 years. I have been in education since 1998. In the past I worked at several major companies in various fields. I have always dreamed of being a teacher. I am a life long learner with very high expectations for all students.

I love helping students become good citizens with positive attitudes and outlook on life. I believe that if we plant the seed with strong roots we stand a chance of cultivating the very best children for a stronger tomorrow.

I like doing many things, but some of the hobbies I enjoy are, reading, listening to music, sewing, retailing, and just being with my family. 


Ms. Monica Pharr
 


ESL/ELL Services


Ms. Tracy Kelly
ESL/ELL
 

Mr. Roumen Tchernev
ESL/ELL


Ms. Lena Rivera
ESL/ELL

 

Mr. Keith Self
ESL/ELL

Class Syllabus

I was born in Wichita and grew up in Greensburg, KS. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and completed certification for secondary English and a Masters in ESOL through Avila University. I started teaching ESL at Northwest Middle School in 2012.

Aside from teaching, I enjoy reading, writing fiction and poetry, listening to jazz, learning about jazz history, and, above all, spending time with my family. My wife and I have two amazing children: Jesse, age 10, and Melia, age 8.

I love working with ESL students, getting to know them individually, learning their cultural backgrounds, and helping them acquire academic literacy.  


Ms. Ana Perez
ESL/ELL Aide
 

Mr. Brian Teachout
Para Educator - ESL/ELL
I grew up in old Mexico, in state of Veracruz. My parents were missionaries there for over 28 years. I studied in the Mexican school system through the 5th grade then finished my middle school studies in the state of Puebla Mexico in a US accredited school for north American kids. My high school years were in CBA of Corn, Oklahoma. I finished my college years in Chicago in the area of world history and religions.

In 1979 I married and moved back to Mexico where I lived for over 28 yrs. I organized humanitarian projects in dozens of towns and villages who still needed medical hope and later I founded a training center in the state of Veracruz.

I am very happy to be now back in the US working as a ESL para educator at Northwest Middle school in Kansas city Kansas doing what I love to do the greatest. Educating and helping kids wherever and whenever possible. Thanks Northwest! 


Intervention Services


Mrs. Cathy Harden
Reading Strategies
Mrs. Harden received her bachelor's degree in English education and Reading Specialist masters degree from Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri). Mrs. Harden taught middle school English in Clinton, Missouri for 16 years and taught communication arts, reading, and leadership at Winnetonka High School in the North Kansas City School District before retiring in 2011. This is her third year at Northwest, and she is happy to be back in a middle school setting.

Mrs. Harden has three children ages 20-30, and four step-children. She enjoys reading (of course) and also likes to exercise, do home improvement projects, and find bargains at thrift stores.  


Mr. Michael Knight
Reading Strategies
Mr. Knight is a proud graduate of the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). He received his undergraduate education from Donnelly College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He recently earned a Masters of Education from Rockhurst University. Prior to joining Northwest, he worked in higher education assisting low income, first generation, and foster students obtain scholarships to attend college. As a former Tiger ('99), Mr. Knight is looking forward to challenging students and helping them reach their full potential!

In his spare time, you can find him coaching, traveling, reading or spending time with his lovely wife Angela and daughter, Michael.
 


Ms. Deidre Hood
Math Intervention
                     

Mr. Kenneth Lawrie
Science Tutor/Aide
                     


Ms. Lorraine Williams
School Within A School
                     

Mr. Timothy Robinson
Recovery
 


Para Educators


Ms. Evyonne Taylor
Para Educator
                     

Mr. William Collins
Para Educator
                     


Ms. Kimerly Williams
Para Educator
                     

Mr. Herbert Harris
Para Educator
 


Mrs. Marilyn Larry
Para Educator
                     

Ms. Gwen James
Foster Grandparent


Support Staff


Ms. Shirley Mitchell
School Social Worker
                     

Ms. Jennifer Neidig
School Psychologist
   

   

   


Ms. Joan Robinson
Speech Pathologist
                     

Ms. Vivian Williams
School Nurse
  


Ms. Angelique Lee
Security
Officer Lee was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. In high school she was a standout athlete at Van Horn High School. She attended and played basketball at Long Beach State University in California and was able to play in two NCAA final fours as well as over seas in Japan. She also graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from Long Beach State University.

Since playing basketball, Officer Lee has been very active in the field of law enforcement. She has been with our school district over ten years and has been at Northwest for seven years and enjoys working with the students at Northwest. Officer Lee has one son.



Ms. Monica Portley
Family Connections
                     


Mrs. Karen Vaverka
Librarian
Education
MidAmerica Nazarene University - Elementary Education
Lesley University of Boston - Masters in Technology in Education
Pittsburg (KS) State University - Masters - library certification

This is my 23rd year at Northwest Middle School. I have taught various subjects over the years; for the past 9 years I have been the librarian and technology specialist.

In my free time I enjoy reading, crochet, surfing the web, traveling and spending time in the Ozarks.


Ms. Jeanne Johnson
Library Assistant
                     


Ms. Shanta Bailey
School Assessment Manager
Ms. Bailey is in her second year as the School Assessment Manager at Northwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and truly believes that by being a member of this team, she is helping to ensure the future of Wyandotte County.

After graduating from Sumner Academy, she completed her B.S. in Psychology at Kansas State University. Her past career experiences include programming for Upward Bound Math and Science and The First Tee of Manhattan, counseling students at the Job Corps of Manhattan and Community Organizing here in Wyandotte County.

Ms. Bailey's hobbies include working at her church, reading avidly, STEM Science camps in the summers and cheering on the Kansas State Wildcats.  


Mr. Cliff Yarbrough
Nutritional Services
                     


Mr. John Cavender
Lead Building Manager


Mr. Floyd Hadley
Custodian


Mr. Dwight Holland
Custodian


Mr. Cleveland Chatmon
Custodian


Ms. Monyca Henderson
Principal's Secretary


Ms. Myra Hobson
Attendance / Athletics


Ms. Leandra Elijah
Receptionist / New Enrollments


Ms. Sheila Jones
Academic Secretary
          


Updated August 9, 2014