Board Member Profiles

KASB School Board Member Spotlight: LeEtta Felter, Olathe 233

LeEtta Felter Olathe USD 233 How long have you been a school board member? Seven years. Why did you decide to become a board member? Our family was so appreciative of the amazing schools and teachers in our community. I wanted to give back in a tangible way. What do you do outside of being a board member? I’m an entrepreneur, public servant, child advocate, and community activist. What experience do you bring to the table that will improve your local school district? My business and technology background has been extremely helpful as I’ve served in this capacity. My relationships throughout our community have...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Melissa Ogleby, Emporia USD 253

Melissa Ogleby Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? Nine months. Why did you decide to become a board member? With the current political climate I decided it was time for me to stand up and support what I thought was really important in our community --  education. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Chapman taught theater in high school. He was a funny, kooky man who taught me that even if I had no desire to act I could still do all the other fun stuff in theater. He showed me that there was much...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Mike Crouch, Emporia USD 253

Mike Crouch Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? 13 years Why did you decide to become a board member?  I have always had an interest in education, I believe that education is the key to our future. Being civically involved is also important to me, so the opportunity to serve our educational community and our children is a natural fit. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? Reverend Ward Chambers, he left us many years ago. He was my next door neighbor growing up as a kid and he...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Tracey Hannah, Basehor-Linwood USD 458

Tracey Hannah Basehor-Linwood USD 458 How long have you been a school board member? Three and a half years. Why did you decide to become a board member? As a mother of two school-age children in the district, I continue to be impressed by the caliber of teachers, support staff, and administrators in Basehor-Linwood. Kids come first in Basehor-Linwood, and that spirit is evident throughout the district. I wanted to be a part of setting the strategy for a growing district, and serving an amazing community! Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? See...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Scott Kunshek, Frontenac USD 249

Scott Kunshek Frontenac USD 249 How long have you been a school board member? Four years Why did you decide to become a board member? My wife and I have three young sons, and I wanted to play an active role in their education. There are many educators in my family, so I've always been around conversations relating to academics, behavior, classroom management, etc. Being a board member is a fun way to stay involved and promote the successes of our district and community. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? I always looked up to my...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Lori Johnson, Girard USD 248

Lori Johnson Girard USD 248 How long have you been a school board member? Since 2015. Why did you decide to become a board member? I saw it as an opportunity to be part of a strong team that represents perhaps the most important daily civic commitment we as citizens make to our communities, our children, and our future. I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Education and I started my education career at the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center – Greenbush. It was during my time at Greenbush when I first discovered my passion to serve...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Shelley Stevens, Basehor-Linwood USD 458

Shelley Stevens Basehor-Linwood USD 458 How long have you been a school board member? Five years. Why did you decide to become a board member? My sons went K-12 , and I was an active volunteer at the school and in the community and wanted to give back to USD 458. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My Mother. She always spoke to me about making good choices, and always told me I can do whatever I put my mind to. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Zenaida Schmidt, Spanish teacher. She inspired...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Michele Johnson, Wamego USD 320

Michele Johnson Wamego USD 320 How long have you been a school board member? Three and a half years. Why did you decide to become a board member? I wanted to help to affect change and improve policies when warranted. It is all about being part of the mission of our district to always keep academics of our students at the forefront of every decision. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My Mother because even though she was a full time working mother raising four children, she always had a home cooked meal...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Spencer Fritz, Basehor-Linwood USD 458

Spencer Fritz Basehor-Linwood USD 458 How long have you been a school board member? I’ve been on the Basehor-Linwood school board for 5 years now. My wife and I have a son who is a sophomore. Why did you decide to become a board member? My family has been living in the Basehor-Linwood area since the early 50’s. I’ve had multiple family members graduate from Basehor-Linwood over the years. Since my son started school, my wife and I have always been involved with the school. My wife was president of the PTC for a couple years then I became president. The...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Patricia Eileen Welicky, Bonner Springs USD 204

Patricia Eileen Welicky Bonner Springs USD 204 How long have you been a school board member? I have been a school board member since July 2011. Why did you decide to become a board member? I became a school board member because I was asked to run by a beloved community member and was elected. At the time, I was concerned over the decision by the school board to end the 5th-grade band program. I was motivated to run because I wanted to represent the voices that go unheard. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and...

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