Janey Humphries


Janey Marie Humphries, who has been active in the community for years, was re-elected to the Board of Education in November 2017. Prior to the election, she was appointed to the Board of Education to fill the vacant and unexpired term of board member Gloria A. Willis in April 2017. 

Humphries and her husband Richard have lived in Kansas City, Kansas for over 40 years.  They have four grown children who all graduated from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Mrs. Humphries graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, California and attended Kansas City, Kansas Community College and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. 

She has been active in many community organizations over the years including the KCK Public Library Foundation, Livable Neighborhoods, East Argentine Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Patrol, South Patrol Advisory Committee, the school district's Vision Committee and served a four-year term on the Wyandotte County Ethics Commission   She has been a PTA member and volunteer in our schools since 1981, serving as PTA President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and the Kansas State PTA Region 7 Vice-President.

What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “There are so many great things happening in our schools!  I love visiting classrooms and watching the children as they learn as well as observing the teaching staff reaching out to our children in multiple ways ensuring each and every child has a chance to learn.”  "This is so very different from when I was in school," she said. She also loves attending school events and seeing the excited and proud faces of parents and families supporting their children.  "Seeing all of the support staff working in transportation, the shop, custodial services, clerical, and food service, just to name a few, interacting with our kids and by their actions demonstrates Inspiring Excellence:  Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day," said Humphries.

“This just touches the tip of the iceberg of what I love about our schools and community! Being able to experience all of this inspires me every day to strive for excellence,” she said.


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Term began 04/17/2017 

Board of Education

Dr. Valdenia Winn


drwinn new webValdenia Winn has worked as a history professor for 36 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Dedicated to her community and her state, she has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2001. She represents the 34th House District, which includes northeastern portions of Wyandotte County. As a state representative, Dr. Winn has demonstrated commitment to working families, Kansas schoolchildren and small businesses. She believes lawmakers have a responsibility to increase the state minimum wage to equal federal law. She has also been highly focused on expanding opportunities for schoolchildren and will continue to support sufficient financing of Kansas public schools. Additionally, Dr. Winn helped bring STARBONDS funding for economic development projects in Wyandotte County. 

In Wyandotte County, she serves on the Downtown Shareholders Board, the Strugglers Hill/Roots Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Cooperative Council. She also sponsors an after-school computer learning lab for K-12 students. 

Dr. Winn has a bachelor's degree in secondary education, a master's in history, and a Ph.D in history from the University of Kansas.

She and her husband, Keith Vincent Persley, reside in KCK. 

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Term began: 7/1/15 

We the members of the Board of Education will miss our co-worker and friend, George Breidenthal, who passed away yesterday morning. George has served on the Board of Education for 32 years. His passion for quality education and compassion for the students and staff in this district have been admired by many.

He has been a voice of reason, an advocate for the poor and a champion for student success in academics, sports and the arts.

We have appreciated his words of wisdom and unique sense of humor. He always did a fantastic job of making the students feel comfortable while he presented the "student of the month" awards.

George will be forever remembered for his kindness and love to family and friends in this community and beyond.

Dr. Evelyn Hill,

President Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education  

Board of Education

Brenda C. Jones

Brenda Jones

Brenda C. Jones was elected to the Board of Education in April 2007. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, she is a product of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She attended Kansas State University. She is retired after 36 years working at AT&T. She has been active in many community organizations over the years including the Workforce Investment Board, Economic Opportunity Foundation, Sumner Alumni Association, United Way of Wyandotte County and the Shepherd's Center of KCK. She is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church where she also serves as the clerk. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and the NAACP.

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Term began 07/01/07