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Our Residents

"I am committed to this city and the tremendous kids who live here."

Melissa Zirkel - James Elementary School

I chose to become a PLUS Resident because I am committed to this city and the tremendous kids who live here. Additionally, I eagerly look forward to engaging with teachers, as we work towards transforming the educational landscape for future leaders in and outside of our Kansas City community. 

Prior to the Residency, I taught at Whittier Elementary School. While there, I served as a first, second, and third-grade teacher over the course of five years. One of my biggest accomplishments during my tenure there was a three-year loop with students from first to third grade; over 70 percent scored proficient/advanced on the MAP test. I have also enjoyed my time serving my school as the PBIS Tier 1 and Tier 2 Team Leader, Leadership Team Member, and PD Lead at the district level.