PC Welcomes New Principals

By October 31, 2022 November 4th, 2022 No Comments

Join us in welcoming new principals to the PC team! Learn more about all of the PC Principals here.

Tara Haskins
KC Girls Preparatory Academy, School Leader

Following her graduation from Hampton University, Tara joined the New Teacher Project where she taught middle school in Shreveport, Louisiana. She developed an all-girls mentoring program that focused on mindfulness, college preparation and community service. She then joined Kipp Academy in Houston where she led school-wide culture systems as Dean of Restorative Justice and Culture. Her work led to out-of-school suspensions decreasing by half. Most recently, Ms. Haskins served as an Assistant Principal, where under her leadership, she led programs that resulted in students achieving 2020 academic growth two years ahead of schedule.


Ben Richardson
East High School, Principal

Mr. Ben Richardson will be entering his 11th year at East High School and his first as the building principal. He began his tenure at East High School as a history teacher, boys and girls soccer coach, and department chair, and he has served as a vice principal at East for the past five years. He has been recognized by KCPS as the 2017 East High Teacher of the Year, 2019 KCPS Star Assistant Principal, and a 2022 KCPS Outstanding Administrator. He is excited to use his experiences at East High School to continue to serve the school’s students, staff, and community.



Rebecca Skinner
Hogan Preparatory Academy, Principal

Rebecca Skinner is the new principal at Hogan Preparatory Academy.  She is a 2013 Bachelor of Music Education graduate from KU and received her MS in Educational Leadership and Administration from Pittsburg State University in 2018.  She has been a music instructor, instructional coach in the Kansas City, KS schools and was the assistant principal at Sumner Academy.


Dawn Todd
KIPP KC, Elementary Principal

Dawn was born and raised in KC, graduated from UMKC and began her teaching career teaching at a local charter school. Through Leading Educators, she met several KIPP KC teachers and learned about the exciting things going on there. Six years later, she has served as a kindergarten teacher, first grade teacher, grade level chair, assistant principal, and now principal of the elementary school. She is very excited for another year at KIPP!