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The Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation was established in 2012 as a self-perpetuating, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote quality education in Kansas City Public Schools. The Foundation works in partnership with but financially independent of the district to help close critical funding gaps by serving as a conduit between the KCPS team the Kansas City community.

Core Values

The Foundation aims to create a culture in which diverse professionals work together to help KCPS students recognize their full potential. Four key values guide our behavior:

  • INTEGRITY. Exemplifying honesty, trust and reliability to uphold the highest ethical compliance standards.
  • INCLUSIVE. Soliciting broad community engagement to ensure equitable distribution of resources.
  • STEWARDSHIP. Managing resources entrusted to us in a responsible and transparent manner.
  • DEDICATION. Demonstrating commitment to all stakeholders in support of the development and success of KCPS students.

Our Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of community leaders who are passionate about public education and committed to KCPS student success. Members include ex-officio members who currently serve the KCPS school district in a leadership capacity.

Board Chair
Macaela Stephenson
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City

Board Members

Shannon Berry
American Century

William H. Coughlin
George K. Baum & Company

Laura Loyacono
Kansas State University

Mia Monarca
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Jeron Ravin
Swope Health

Kasey Vena
Country Club Plaza

Carolyn Watley

Kate Bender
City of Kansas City

Jon Hile
Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Willetta Willis-McGhee
Fleishman Hillard Communications (Retired)

Nicole Collier White

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Mark T. Bedell

Javier Alfonso
Instructional Technology Integration

Rita Cortez/ Nate Hogan
School Board Member

About the District

KCPS is the 12th largest school system in Missouri serving more than 15,000 students, grades K through 12. The district is the most ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse in the region; our students speak more than 50 languages. The school system employs approximately 2,500 teachers, more than half of whom hold masters' degrees. KCPS has 34 academic locations: 18 elementary schools, two middle schools, four high schools, seven signature schools, two early learning community schools, two alternative schools, one charter school, one alternative graduation center, and one early college academy.

For more information, visit www.kcpublicschools.org.