Preparing Educators as Leaders

PDS Partner Schools

Argentine Middle School

Located in Kansas City, Kansas, Argentine Middle School reflects the diversity of the surrounding community with a student population that is 76% diverse.  More than 96% of its six through eight grade students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.  Additionally, more than 30% of the students qualify for ELL support. 

PDS Representative(s):
Karri Mazzapica
Argentine Middle School

East Antioch Elementary School

This kindergarten through sixth grade school is located in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.  Thirty-eight percent of East Antioch’s student population is ethnically diverse.  Nearly 50% of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 12% qualify of ELL support.

PDS Representative(s):
Carol Wickoren
East Antioch Elementary School

Frank Rushton Elementary School

Students in kindergarten through fifth grad attend this school in Kansas City, Kansas.  Ninety-three percent of the student population is eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 13.26% qualify for ELL support. 

PDS Representative(s):
Mary Welsh

Hocker Grove Middle School

Part of Shawnee Mission School District, Hocker Grove is located in Shawnee, Kansas.  The seven through eighth grade school has 43% ethnically diverse students.  Fifty-four percent of Hocker Grove’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

PDS Representative(s):
Patti Winkler
Hocker Grove Middle School

JC Harmon High School

Harmon High School, located in Kansas City, Kansas, serves students in grades nine through twelve.  More than 83% of its student population is ethnically diverse.  Ninety-two percent of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 15% qualify for ELL support.

PDS Representative(s):
Maggi Schoonover
JC Harmon

JF Kennedy Elementary School

This kindergarten through fifth grade school is located in Kansas City, Kansas.  Eighty-eight percent of JF Kennedy’s student population is ethnically diverse.  Nearly 87% of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch. 

PDS Representative(s):
Canise Salinas
JF Kennedy Elementary School

John Fiske Elementary School

Located in Kansas City, Kansas, John Fiske serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Eighty-five percent of John Fiske’s student population is ethnically diverse.  Nearly 76% of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 17% qualify for ELL support.

PDS Representative(s):
Josie Herrara
John Fiske Elementary School

Lexington Trails Middle School

Part of the DeSoto School District, Lexington Trails is located in DeSoto, Kansas.  Nearly 25% of its students are ethnically diverse.  Thirty-seven of Lexington Trails students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

PDS Representative(s):
Steve Ludwig
Lexington Trails Middle School

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School students are in grades six through eight. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, more than 37% of its student population is ethnically diverse.  Sixth-two of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch. 

PDS Representative(s):
Catherine Martin, Cari Davis, Charlotte Anderson
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School

McKinley Elementary School

Located in Kansas City Kansas School district, McKinley Elementary  serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth.  The school has 96.50% of the student population eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 22% qualify for ELL support. 

PDS Representative(s):
Valerie Castillo
McKinley Elementary

Merriam Park Elementary School

Located in Merriam, Kansas, this kindergarten through sixth grade school has an ethnic composition of 48% diverse students.  Sixty-one percent of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 9% qualify for ELL support. 

PDS Representative(s):
Tammy Motti
Merriam Park Elementary

Pinckney Elementary School

Students in kindergarten through fifth grad attend this school in Lawrence, Kansas.  Thirty-three percent of Pinckney’s student population is ethnically diverse.  Fifty-nine percent of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 9% qualify for ELL support. 

PDS Representative(s):
Monica Dutcher
Pinckney Elementary

White Church Elementary

Located in Kansas City, Kansas, White Church Elementary serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth.  Seventy-two percent of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch and 3.24% qualify for ELL support. 

PDS Representative(s):
Bruce Haber
White Church Elementary

KU PDS Alliance Contacts

Joseph NovakDr. Joe Novak
PDS Director

Joseph R. Pearson 426
913-707-1152
joehawk58@ku.edu

Nicole SingletonDr. Nicole S. Babalola
PDS Coordinator

Joseph R. Pearson 349
785-864-2874
nsb.singleton@ku.edu

PDS Alliance Spotlight
Carnise Salinas

Canise Salinas, at John F. Kennedy elementary school in KCK

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