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December 16, 2020

More than 20 Complete Teaching Certification

More than 20 students in the Avila School of Education earned their teaching certifications this December, with nearly half already working in the classroom. While the process for those students completing their certification requirements—or completers—remained the same, the need for teachers and substitutes increased this year due to the pandemic.

“We found that due to CoVID, the mid-year needs in our partner schools and districts were far greater at this time of year,” said Alicia Murillo, Director of Assessment & Accreditation for the School of Education. “Because these Avila graduates have experience student-teaching in the hybrid learning environment we’ve experienced this year, they have the needed skills to support students and schools quickly.”

With 10 students having already gained teaching positions for Kansas City area public, private and charter schools, the Avila School of Education continues to be vital to primary and secondary education in both Missouri and Kansas. To find out what an Avila Education degree can do for you, please visit its home page.

December 2021 School of Education Completers

GR: Graduate Teacher Certification Candidates UG: Undergraduate Completers
*Currently teaching or working in a school or school district

StudentConcentrationCurrent Employer, if applicable
Cody BanksElementary Education (GR)
*Amy BaucomMiddle School Language Arts (GR)Bishop Ward High School
Kansas City, KS
*Kathryn BeilePhysical Education (GR)Excelsior Springs High School
Excelsior Springs, MO
*Joe BlakeSecondary Business Education (GR)Olathe Northwest High School
Olathe, KS (January 2021)
Nanette CastanedaElementary Education (GR)
Jewels DawsonSecondary English Education (GR)
Reagan EastabrooksSecondary Social Studies Education (UG History major, Secondary ED minor)
*Gabrielle ErvieElementary Education (GR)Visitation Catholic School
Kansas City, MO (January 2021)
Shanan FinleyElementary Education (GR)
Krista KonigmacherMiddle School Language Arts (GR)
Madison GriffinElementary Education (UG)
Joshua HicksSpecial Education & Elementary Education dual certifications (UG)
*Mary LipariMiddle School Math (UG)St. Teresa’s Academy
Kansas City, MO
Cayla LuzadderSecondary Social Studies Education (GR)
Alexis Mancilla-RosalesElementary Education (UG)
*Julia ParkerMiddle School Math Education (GR)Sherwood Cass School District
Creighton, MO
Hannah RyanSecondary Business Education (GR)
*Madelyn SeitterSecondary Social Studies Education (GR)Kansas City Academy
Kansas City, MO
*Daniela TorresElementary Education (GR)Crossroads Academy
Kansas City, MO
Brooke WellsElementary Education (GR)
*Crystin WilsonElementary Education (GR)Mason Elementary School
Lee’s Summit, MO
*Whitney WrestlerMiddle School Social Studies (GR)Hocker Grove Middle School
Shawnee, KS (January 2021)
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