Maxine Drew


Maxine Drew prides herself on being a spiritual person who listens, learns and always tries to do her best.

She retired from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) after 35 years of service. Thirty-four of her years with KCKPS, she was employed as a social studies teacher – teaching one year at Eisenhower Middle School and 33 years at West Middle School. Her first year with the district, she served as a paraprofessional at Coronado Middle School.

While at the school district, she was heavily involved in the family advocacy program working with parents to set goals for the academic and emotional success of their children. She trained in the Behavior Intervention Support Team program to implement behavioral changes for middle school students and also trained as an instructional coach.

Since retiring from KCKPS, she devotes most of her time to serving as secretary and church clerk at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Vernon DeBose, Jr. In this role, she keeps records of meetings, calendar dates and functions of the church, as well as creates, designs and maintains the church bulletin for Sunday morning services.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she loves the family connection exemplified by residents. “My mother taught us family means everything. I see the “family concept” connection always wherever I go in Kansas City, Kansas.

A 1971 graduate of Sumner High School, she attended Northeast Junior High School, Douglass, Grant, Stowe, Kealing and Abbott Elementary schools. She has a master’s degree in teaching curriculum & instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Park University, Parkville, Missouri. She also attended Kansas City Community Junior College. 

She is the recipient of the Office Max Star Teacher Award in 2011 and the Friends of Yates Black Men & Women of Distinction honor in 2010.

What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “I have always loved seeing the look on the students faces when they make the connection between knowing and understanding what is being taught to them,” she said.

She has passed her love of KCKPS and the teaching profession to her son, Jason L. Drew, who is currently teaching at Wyandotte High School.

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Term began 01/9/2018