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Our Residents

"I want to leverage my experience and skills to help support teachers and improve student learning. "

Gretchen Penner - Genesis Charter School

I chose to become a PLUS Resident because, having taught in Kansas City for my entire career, I feel a sense of commitment to children in Kansas City and I want to leverage my experience and skills to help support teachers and improve student learning. 

Prior to the Residency, I worked in education for 14 years: the first two as an elementary speech paraprofessional, six years as an elementary teacher, and five years as a reading specialist.  As a classroom teacher, I led my students to significant gains on statewide tests and created a strong, student-centered classroom.  As an instructional specialist, I specifically work to support teachers with implementing literacy in classrooms by providing professional development, mentoring, feedback on observations, and facilitating data team meetings. During my tenure as a teacher, I was involved in the Kansas City chapter of Leading Educators.