New Board Members to Take the Oath of Office

KCKPS will swear in three newly elected members of the Board of Education for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools tonight at the Central Office and Training Center located at 5010 N 59th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

Incumbents Maxine Drew and Wanda Brownlee-Paige, and newcomer Rachel Russell, will take the oath of office from Assistant Election Commissioner Zach Hunt before the regularly scheduled board meeting.

The District will also take a moment to thank all board members for their extraordinary service to KCKPS students as part of School Board Appreciation Month.

Your Board Members

Maxine Drew

Maxine Drew portraitMaxine Drew 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 with the Behavior Intervention Support Team program to implement behavioral changes for middle school students and also trained as an instructional coach.

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.

Wanda Brownlee-Paige

Wanda Paige portraitWanda Kay Paige 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.

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.

Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell portraitRachel Russell is a fierce and fun non-profit professional with a strong dedication to volunteerism and service in both her professional and personal life. Rachel currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for Cross-Lines Community Outreach where she is responsible for community partnerships and collaborations that benefit the organization and Wyandotte County as a whole. As a strong advocate for parent and community engagement, she looks forward to identifying ways to create a stronger and better school-community-parent partnership as we achieve excellence for every child.

Ms. Russell is the proud mother of 3 beautiful children, Kaiya, Halle, and Josiah. She and her children currently reside in the Rosedale Community. Rachel is the daughter of Kipchoge and Lisa VanHoose. Rachel is the oldest of her siblings, Raven, Kiah, and Kipchoge Jr.

Born in Little Rock Arkansas, relocating to Kansas City KS in 1999, and graduating from Piper High School in 2007. Rachel has been active member in many local and statewide community groups with most of her experience serving in many capacities for the local, district, and state PTA. She also serves in a leadership role for the following civic groups: Our Spot KC, STEM-Connect KC, COVID-19 Regional Response and Recovery Fund, and the KC Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee. Rachel is 2022 Kauffman Education Fellow and a graduate of the Inaugural Parent Leadership Training Institute-KC Class.

Posted January 11, 2022

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