DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS + CURRICULUM
Krista's passion for the next generation is an extension of her background as a middle school teacher. She studied English and Psychology at the University of Kansas, and earned her Masters in Education at Rockhurst University, developing a pedagogy for social justice. Krista dreams of a world where kids can be kids a little longer, so that when they are adults and facing giants of their own, they can refer back to the years they spent looking up—not down—for answers. She loves encouraging and local communities to link arms for the good of our kids—our future leaders. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband Scott, and their four children.
Chore trackers, Voxer friendships, Chatbooks, Fixer Upper reruns
Read alouds, Porch swings, Dance parties, Exploring new places, The view from the bleachers
Tracy invested 15 years developing growth strategies for some of the world’s leading organizations as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, then as an Associate Director at FSG, which specializes in creating large-scale, lasting social change. She helped foundations, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies increase impact through revised strategy and program design, performance measurement, and operational improvement. On a project for one of the world's largest toy companies, she was captivated by the power of play in children's emotional, social, and cognitive development, fueling her passion for rethinking cultural norms around technology. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and lives with her husband and two children in the Kansas City area.
Chipotle App, Chatbooks, Pinterest, Target's online order pickup
Royals games, Uno, Watching construction sites with her sons, Family walks, Theme parties
Brenda's practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist has given her many opportunities to help folks explore their relationships with technology--and each other. Raised by Kansas educators who invested over 70 years in SMSD, she is passionate about helping the next generation learn how to live a life of connection and courage, and she especially loves her role as a certified Brene Brown-Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF). An Overland Park native and K-State alumni, she and her husband of 30 years have raised their three children to love all things Kansas City.
Podcasts, Educational training videos, Reality TV shows, FaceTiming her son who lives out of state
Coffee, Long talks with friends, Dancing late into the night--and by late she means almost 10 p.m.