New Central Office Leadership Announced at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has announced the appointment of four innovative, educational leaders selected to join the district’s Central Office and Training Center on July 1, 2019.

“I want to welcome these dynamic leaders to our school district and our community,” said Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. “Each one of these educators has broad leadership skills and knowledge in the areas of K-12 education that will enhance the great work we are focused on in KCKPS to close the achievement gap. I look forward to working with them as we continue on the pathway to becoming one of the top 10 school districts in the nation.”

The new leaders joining KCKPS are as follows:

Dr. Lynett HookfinStephen Linkous • Dr. Kelli Michelle CharlesLisa G. Walker

Dr. Lynett Hookfin Named Deputy Superintendent of KCKPS

Dr. Lynett Hookfin portraitKansas City, Kansas Public Schools has named Dr. Lynett Hookfin the school district’s Deputy Superintendent. She will begin with the school district on July 1, 2019.

In her new role with the school district, Dr. Hookfin will supervise principal supervisors and campus leaders and provide leadership for District initiatives in the areas of teaching and learning, organizational development, transformation, and technology. She will also be responsible for strategic leadership in designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating short- and long-term plans and programs of school improvement plans in addition to analyzing and interpreting data in order to make recommendations for ongoing academic improvements.

Dr. Hookfin has worked in education for more than 22 years. Most recently, she was the assistant superintendent of the Office of School Transformation in Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pennsylvania. In this position, she aided school leaders of identified priority schools in developing and monitoring school improvement plans and supported principals with improving campus culture, student academic performance, and instructional programs.

Prior to this, she was a campus instructional leader at Academy High School, a college preparatory high school, in Kingsville, Texas. During her leadership, the school earned 7 of 7 state distinctions and an overall A+ rating. Dr. Hookfin also served as a “turnaround leader” of Sugar Grove Academy in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) from 2013-2017. Under her leadership the campus, which consisted of a student population of 26 different spoken languages, moved out of required improvement status. Dr. Hookfin worked as a principal in the Normandy School District in St. Louis, Missouri from 2010-2013 and principal of Cullen Middle School in HISD from 2008-2010. Dr. Hookfin also served as a district education program manager, instructional coordinator, science specialist, and teacher for HISD. Dr. Hookfin worked as a research specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico prior to becoming an educator.

Dr. Hookfin, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, earned a doctorate of education in educational leadership from the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas in Austin; a master’s degree in education administration from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

Please join our organization in welcoming Dr. Lynett Hookfin to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the community.

Stephen Linkous Named Chief of Staff for KCKPS

Stephen Linkous portraitKansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) has named Stephen Linkous as the district’s Chief of Staff. He will begin at the school district on July 1.

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.

Please join our organization in welcoming Stephen Linkous to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and our community.

Dr. Kelli Michelle Charles Named Executive Director of School Support for KCKPS

Dr. Kelli Charles portraitKansas City, Kansas Public Schools has named Dr. Kelli Michelle Charles the school district’s Executive Director of School Support. She will begin with the school district on July 1, 2019.

In her new role with the school district, Dr. Charles will be responsible for overseeing the Department of Special Education, ESL, Restorative Discipline and Behavior and Alternative Schools.

Dr. Charles is an accomplished educator with a track record of improving schools and central office departments through visionary leadership and data-driven decision-making. She was the senior manager for Special Education Services for the Houston Independent School District (HISD) from 2017 to the present, as well as an adjunct history professor for Houston (Texas) Community College. Other positions held at HISD are lead program specialist from 2014 to 2017 and teacher development specialist manager from 2011 to 2014.

Her experience also includes school administration and teaching. She was principal of Frederick Douglass High School in the Recovery School District in New Orleans, LA., and has served as a teacher for 11 years in Louisiana and YES Prep Public Schools in Houston.

She has a doctorate in executive educational leadership from Houston Baptist University, a master’s degree in social science from Southern University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Grambling State University. She has also studied abroad at Shandong University in Jinan Province, China.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Please join our organization in welcoming Dr. Kelli Michelle Charles to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the community.

Lisa G. Walker Named Executive Director of Federal Programs for KCKPS

Lisa Walker portrait
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has named Lisa G. Walker the school district’s Executive Director of Federal Programs.  She will begin work on July 1, 2019.

In her new role with the school district, Walker will be responsible for overseeing the instructional and financial components of federal programs.

She has an extensive background in education in the Kansas City area.  She was academic benchmark program coordinator/instructional leadership coach for PREP-KC in Kansas City, Mo., from 2014 to the present. Prior to this, she was assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and an elementary school principal for the Grandview C-4 (Missouri) School District. Her educational background also includes being an assistant principal for Raytown South Middle School in the Raytown (Missouri) School District, and a secondary teacher in the Hickman Mills School District and the Harrisonville School District.

Walker has a master’s degree in secondary administration and an educational specialist degree in Urban Leadership and Policy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Please join our organization in welcoming Lisa G. Walker to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and our community.

 

Posted June 27, 2019