January 23, 2017                 


Kirsten Searer

Education Pioneers Kicks Off Selective Fellowship in Kansas City

Tuesday event will recruit skilled professionals to become transformative leaders in education

KANSAS CITY – Education Pioneers (EP), a national non-profit dedicated to recruiting, connecting, and advancing skilled professionals in education, is officially launching its Kansas City operations with a recruiting event on Tuesday.

EP believes in the power of transformative leaders to help improve education for underserved students. Our Fellows are professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds who solve problems from outside of the classroom so students and teachers succeed in the classroom.

More than 70 percent of our 3,000-plus alumni currently help re-imagine education in school districts, charter schools and other education organizations.

EP ran a pilot of its Fellowship in 2016, placing five Fellows with Kansas City Public Schools, Teach for America Kansas City, and PREP-KC. EP hopes to place at least eight Fellows with its Kansas City partner organizations in 2017.

Tuesday’s event is a fireside chat with leaders in education and technology designed to recruit potential Fellows in Kansas City.

WHO:     Katie Boody, Founder and CEO of Lean Lab, an organization dedicated to establishing Kansas City as a world-renowned hub for education in innovation

                Tom Esselman, Chief Executive Officer, Connecting for Good, which uses wireless Internet, community computer centers, low-cost refurbished PCs and free digital life skills classes to improve public education

                 The panel will be moderated by EP Alumnus Justin Vavroch

WHAT:     Panel discussion with some of the biggest players in the education technology arena about the future of technology and education in Kansas City

WHEN:     Tuesday, January 24, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

WHERE:   1709 Walnut Street, Kansas City

“Technology is key in our efforts to transform education so all students have the chance to reach their full potential,” said Sara Guderyahn, executive director, Chicago and Midwest, at Education Pioneers. “Kansas City needs creative entrepreneurs and innovators in the education space outside of the classroom. Education Pioneers is looking to recruit, connect, and advance more leaders in education who have skills in technology — and in other key areas such as data analysis, strategy, operations, and program management.”

About Education Pioneers

Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited our nation’s most extraordinary people to enter into education leadership and help transform our schools. Education Pioneers has recruited and trained more than 3,000 leaders in partnership with more than 200 education organizations in 20 cities nationwide.

Of the organization’s alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts more than 3.5 million public school students – most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas. Find out more about where Education Pioneers’ leaders work and their impact here (

More information about Education Pioneers can be found at

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