Superintendent of Schools – Dr. Anna Stubblefield
Dr. Anna Stubblefield previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools. She worked in that position since 2018 after serving as the Interim Superintendent for the 2017-18 school year. As Deputy Superintendent, she oversaw Human Resources, Special Education and Student Services, Curriculum and Instruction and the Lawrence Virtual School. She was also instrumental in Lawrence Public Schools equity work. Before that, she served as Lawrence’s Assistant Superintendent, Director of Human Resources and as a middle school principal. She began her career in education as a teacher and thereafter transitioned into new roles as a coach and assistant principal in the Blue Valley and Center School Districts.
“I look forward to listening and learning in order to understand ‘the story’ about the rich traditions and values as well as hearing about the opportunities for growth and innovation,” said Dr. Stubblefield. “My intention is that every student will graduate from the district empowered and ready to launch. I share in the vision of making the district’s mission a reality-Inspiring Excellence: Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day.”
Dr. Stubblefield earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University, an Educational Specialist’s degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and two Master degrees (Special Education and Teaching & Leadership) along with her Bachelor degree in Education Administration from the University of Kansas. In October 2018, she participated in the Women in Education Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Stubblefield currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of Kansas and Baker University.
She is a married to David and both are proud parents of three sons.
Dr. Judith Campbell is a well-respected and talented educator who began her career 22 years ago as a classroom teacher. She continued in various positions as: a classroom teacher, resource teacher, administrator, director, and adjunct professor in Tampa, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri.
She is committed to helping all children learn and grow at high levels every single day and has been recognized for her leadership locally and regionally for improving student outcomes.
Dr. Campbell believes in working with all stakeholders to provide the absolute best education possible for all learners. She is well prepared to move the strategic plan and operations forward in support of the Kansas City Kansas City Public School District mission.
Dr. Campbell holds a Doctorate of Education Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, Columbia, an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Masters of Arts & Teaching in Special Education with an English Language Learners endorsement from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Judith Campbell enjoys life with friends but first family as a wife and mother of two amazing children. “I am honored to join the Kansas City Kansas Public School team as I believe that there is a purpose and story inside each one of us and our students. However, without acknowledgement and ownership, true stories are not told and are tainted from accomplishing the phenomenal lessons, growth, and accomplishments our stories are intended to have.”
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) has named Stephen Linkous as the district’s Chief of Staff.
Among his responsibilities are to support the superintendent in dealing with administrative, educational, legislative and public affairs issues, oversee Title IX and federal program communications, and represent the district with the Kansas Legislature.
Linkous has worked in education for more than 24 years and has served in leadership capacities in two school districts. He was the assistant superintendent of Principal Leadership and Development for Roosevelt School District, where he worked with principals and second tier leaders to examine school systems, practices and use of data. Prior to this, he was a school support officer for Houston Independent School District, where the 10 campuses he supervised met state academic standards.
He also has experience as a principal at three schools, where he was the instructional leader, promoted the mission and vision of the district, and facilitated and created the Professional Learning Community process.
Linkous has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Denver, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Park University, where he graduated cum laude. He has principal certifications in Arizona and Texas and is fluent in Spanish.
Currently, he is a member of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He was a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Colorado Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the Colorado Association of School Executives and the Texas Association of Latino Administrators.
Dennis D. Covington has served as the district’s chief financial officer since January 14, 2019. Covington had been the chief financial officer of Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North Carolina, where he was responsible for planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating the organization’s fiscal function and performance.
Prior to his role at Union County Public Schools, Covington worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from August 1997 to May 2017, where he worked his way up the ranks of the public-school system located in Charlotte, North Carolina. His last position at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was executive director of budget and evaluation, but he has also served as assistant budget director, budget specialist, and budget analyst for the school system.
He has a wealth of financial management knowledge and expertise. This includes 35 years of experience managing financial operations of multi-million to billion-dollar budgets; directing and planning financial operations; and managing automated financial systems.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from East Carolina University. Through the United States Air Force, he attended Budget Officers School, Staff Officers School, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Finance Officers Training.
He is a member Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Association of School Business Officials.
Henry R. Horn has served as the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Chief of Police since May 2, 2016. As chief of police, Chief Horn is responsible for maintaining and enforcing policies, directives, standards and laws of the district and state of Kansas. He is also responsible for the oversight of the school district’s police officers, including school resource officers and campus officers.
Prior to his appointment with the District, Horn dedicated 32 years of service to the citizens of Wyandotte County while serving with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. He worked his way up the ranks from police cadet, patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major, to assistant bureau director. His contributions had an impact throughout all sections of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. Horn’s continued standards of professionalism influenced several local, state and federal law enforcement partners which earned him several service ribbons, commendations and recognition awards that exemplify his outstanding performance as a law enforcement leader.
Horn is a native of Wyandotte County and graduated in Wyandotte High School’s class of 1983. He has an associate’s degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, bachelor’s degree in human resource management from MidAmerica Nazarene University and earned his master’s degree in organizational administration. Throughout his law enforcement career, Horn has earned several professional training certificates and attended numerous executive leadership schools.
Keli Tuschman has served as the chief of the human resources since January 7, 2019, where she oversees the district’s Human Resources Department.
Prior to joining KCKPS, she was the vice president of Operations, as well as the director of the Human Resources Department for Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. In her vice president of Operations role, she was responsible for supporting functions of the college, which included Human Resources, Marketing, Information Technology and the Business Office. She ensured the development and adherence to operational plans for these functional areas in support of the college’s strategic plan.
As the college’s director of human resources, she implemented annual performance evaluations, merit pay, and worked to redesign departments.
Tuschman has a wealth of experience in corporate America having served in various leadership positions with Koch Industries and successor companies in the Houston area.
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, as well additional education through human resources training courses in benefits and compensation, and a human resources review course from Rice University.
She is a board member of the Independence (Kansas) Housing Authority, where she has served since January 2015.
Edwin Birch serves as the district’s Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). Prior to Birch’s current role at KCKPS, he served as the Public Information Officer for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (UG) from February 2008 to October 2019.
During his employment at the UG he was responsible for media relations, social media, the UG’s website, event planning for major announcements related to groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, and the upgrade of the government’s local tv channel, UGTV.
Prior to his role at the UG, Birch worked for what was then the Kansas City, Missouri School District as the Director of Public Relations. The school district has since changed its organizational name to Kansas City Public Schools. Under his leadership, the Public Relations Department received awards from the National Public Relations Association for the school district’s website design, The District newspaper and other communications publications.
Birch is a native of Kansas City, Kansas and has worked in television news as an executive producer at KMBC TV 9 and Metro Sports at Time Warner Cable, and as an assignment editor at WDAF TV 4 while attending college.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas.