Wanda Kay Paige


Ms. Wanda Kay Paige attributes her personal and professional success to focusing on family and community.

She is a retired social studies teacher with 30 years of service to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). She was a teacher at Argentine Middle School for 24 years, Coronado Middle School for one year and at Central Middle School for five years. During the majority of her tenure with the school district, she taught the subjects of World History, Geography, Kansas History and American History.

Before retiring from KCKPS in May 2012, she was responsible for several tasks both inside and outside the classroom that included:

  • tutoring students before and after school,
  • serving as an advisor for the Peer Mentoring Program,
  • coaching basketball, track and volleyball teams,
  • sponsoring Cinco De Mayo, Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Asian History Month activities,
  • participating on the Teacher’s Social Committee, and
  • working with the Book Club.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she has lived in the community for more than 61 years, where she loves the people and the entertainment aspects of the city.

She is a 1974 graduate of Wyandotte High School and a former student at Hawthorne Elementary School and Northwest Middle School.  Paige has a master’s degree in teaching social studies and a bachelor’s degree in history from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. She has also completed adult education courses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and English as a Second Language courses at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Heart of America Sisterhood, Inc., and Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She is the recipient of several awards over the years including:

  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Royal Leadership Award, 2017 & 2008; The Mentorship Award, 2010; and Kansas Educator Award, 2012
  • YWCA, Woman of Distinction Award, 2016
  • Oldies 95 – Teacher of the Year, 1997 – 1998
  • University of Wisconsin, Minority Student of the Year, 1980
  • Simpson College, George Washington Carver Award, 1976; and Concerned Minority Student Award, 1977

Paige is the daughter of Eddie and Aser Lee Brownlee. She has four brothers, four sisters and a host of nieces and nephews.

What does she love most about the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “I love the children, teachers and parents,” she said.  

Term began 01/9/2018