Dr. Jimmie Bullard
Longfellow Elementary, Principal
Dr. Jimmie Bullard has over 20 year’s experience in the field of urban education. She has a strong background in educating the urban learner and is a proud product of the Kansas City Missouri Public Schools. Dr Bullard received her Bachelor’s degree in elementary Education and Masters of Education degree from Lincoln University. She completed her second Master’s degree in school administration from William Woods University and completed her doctorate in Urban leadership from University of Missouri in Kansas City.
Dr Bullard has served as an elementary teacher, education consultant and college professor. She writes poetry and is completing a book on effective classroom strategies for teaching urban children.
KIPP KC Elementary School, Principal
Kurt Bunnelle is the principal at KIPP KC Elementary School, which serves over 300 students in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade. He began his teaching career as a middle school science teacher in Oakland, California, and has been an instructional coach with Teach For America Kansas City. Kurt is a native of Mundelein, Illinois and attended Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota.
KIPP KC is a second home to Kurt, and he is inspired on a daily basis by the students, staff, and families with whom he works.
East High School, Principal
Luis Hinojosa has over 19 years experience as an educator. He knew in seventh grade that he wanted to be a teacher, and years later, he delights in creating science experiments with his instructors, like throwing boiling water up in the cold air to create snow or creatively enhancing teaching skills by using the synonym game “Password.” He’s taught middle school, served as a high school assistant principal and elementary principal, and is currently the Principal at East High School, the largest high school in the district. Hinojosa was named the 2018 Principal of the Year by the Kansas City Public School’s Division of Academics. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at Kansas University. He is married and has 3 children.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, Principal
A Kansas City, Kansas native and 17-year veteran educator, Jarius Jones is presently serving as the Principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS). Prior to transitioning into his current role, Jarius served as a Vice Principal at Northeast High School in the Kansas City Public Schools in the 2016-2017 school year. Jarius has been actively involved in various afterschool programs throughout the last 17 years; particularly, the Kansas City Kansas Urban Academies, the Science Education Partnership Award program (SEPA); additionally, he assisted with the coordination of the initial Summer Academy Programs for Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
In July of 2016, Jarius completed his second and final three-year term as a member of the Kansas National Education Association, Board of Directors. He has also been appointed to serve on various Kansas State Department of Education committees/initiatives geared towards improving conditions and opportunities for teachers and students. As the husband of his college sweetheart Kim (Guthrie) Jones, and the proud father of his amazing five children (Mija, Jarius, II, Olivia, Alexandria and Victoria), Jarius is committed to providing opportunities for all students to extend their learning beyond the scheduled school day and he is a relentless advocate for all learners reaching their highest potential.
Faxon Elementary, Principal
Kathleen Snipes is a 29 year veteran with the Kansas City Public schools. Her love for education started at a very young age because of the caring educators in her schooling. She has served as a classroom teacher, mentor, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She has been the Principal at Faxon for the last seven years and loves every minute of it! Mrs. Snipes earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northeast Missouri State University. She continued her education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City receiving a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and an Educational Specialist degree in Urban Leadership. Mrs. Snipes is currently taking classes for her Doctorate degree in Leadership. A mother of two, she keeps herself busy going to volleyball games, watching her daughter cheer on Friday nights and visiting her son at Central Missouri State.
Trailwoods Elementary, Principal
Principal Leah Starr has been proudly passionate about student learning since she began her teaching career in 2002. Her love for student growth and development has grown from her 16 years of service in education for Kansas City Public Schools. She earned her undergrad degree in Early Childhood Education from Park University, an MA in Multidisciplinary Education from Webster University, and her Ed Specialist degree from University of Missouri. She has held several roles in the district including Teacher, Early Reading First Coach, Instructional Coach, Vice Principal and Principal. She is married with three wonderful children. Mrs. Starr believes given opportunity and guidance, all students can use their leadership skills and talents do great