Our Staff

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Director of Operations

Sarah is beyond passionate about working with children and has worked with children for as long as she can remember. She has a trusting spirit that seems to draw children and parents to her. Sarah truly values the gift of authenticity and doesn’t shy away from feelings, easy or hard. Her heart for children being successful has always been huge. After taking several years to focus on being a mother, Sarah will graduate with her Bachelors in Counseling from Evangel University in December of 2022. Sarah’s heart is not just for the children, but also the parents and families. The Lord has given her the opportunity to walk alongside many families over the last several years , this journey has lit a spark in her to turn this passion into something more. She desires nothing more than seeing a child reach their potential, and walk with their parents as they navigate this journey. 

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Director of Education

Amanda absolutely lights up the classroom when working with children and has a way of making them feel like they can move mountains. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and has worked at Gloria Deo Academy in Springfield, Missouri; as a teacher for the past 8 years.  Amanda’s desire to teach began at a very young age, when she would line up all of her stuffed animals and teach them using her school papers.  Her love for kids has grown into a deep rooted passion to instill the love of learning within all students. Her greatest desire is for her children and students to believe in their abilities, work hard to reach personal goals and then celebrate when those goals are realized. She truly delights in working one on one with students and parents to change the landscape of student’s educational journey.  

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School
Principal

Mrs. Rae-Ann Wade, has a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Illinois State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education also from Illinois State University.  She has 6 years of Secondary Mathematics teaching experience, and two years as a principal.  She loves helping kids learn new things, and is excited to share the love of Christ with her students! 

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Admin Assistant
Registered Nurse

 Mrs. Sarah Hansen has serves our team as our Administrative Assistant and School Nurse. Sarah started in the medical field 22 years ago as a CNA and has spent the last 8 years as a registered nurse in critical care. She is a wonderful addition to our program who has quickly caught our passion and desire to build Kinetic Bridges!

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Licensed Professional
Counselor

Mrs. Jennifer Strickland serves as our on-site Mental Health Therapist. She is a compassionate and intuitive mental health professional experienced in a multi-disciplinary theoretic approach including Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) modalities. Jennifer achieves positive results utilizing Reality Based Therapy drawing on Cognitive Behavioral and multi-disciplinary interventions to assess, evaluate, plan, educate, inform, and intervene in assisting clients reach personalized goals. Jennifer has been serving families in the Springfield, MO area as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2005 and enjoys helping children, parents, individuals, and families achieve a better tomorrow.

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AIM Plan Coordinator
Reading Specialist

Ms. Janet Fortney is our AIM plan coordinator and Remedial Reading Specialist. Ms. Janet earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and communications, along with a master's degree in Special Education from Drury University. Ms. Janet brings 16 years of experience working in education/special education in Springfield and Willard Public schools. She loves to teach reading/writing and to lead small group reading clubs. "My favorite part of teaching is the relationship building with students and parents; they are the heart of what we do!"

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Kindergarten 
Teacher

Mrs. Lauren Williams is our kindergarten, specials teacher, and Co-Op coordinator.  Ms. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Studies Interdisciplinary and Minor in Family Studies and Social Services from College of the Ozarks, and is currently working on a Masters of Science in Early Childhood and Family Development and Graduate Certificate in College Teaching at Missouri State. She has worked with Youth Camps, Social Work  and has years of experience working with kids at church, teaching music, and childcare. Lauren loves seeing how excited her students are to learn. “It an answer to prayer getting to work for KB Academy!”

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1st - 12th 
English Teacher

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Bible Teacher

Mr. Jacob George is our Bible Teacher. Jacob holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Writing from Southwest Baptist University and is in the process of graduating with his Master's in Divinity with a concentration in Theology from Truett Seminary at Baylor University. He has a heart for teaching and for building up the next generation.

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1st - 12th 
History Teacher

Ms. Janae Rapp is our 1st through 12th grade History Teacher. Ms. Janae graduated from Evangel with a degree in Secondary Social Science and a Youth Ministry minor. She brings energy and a deep passion for History to our kids weekly. Ms. Janae is also the assistant Co-Op Coordinator. We are blessed to have her on our team!

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1st - 6th
Science Teacher

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7th - 12th 
Math & Science Teacher

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Math Teacher

Ms. Wendy Kerns earned a Bachelor's of Science from College of the Ozarks and a Master’s Degree from Lindenwood University. Wendy dedicated 25 years teaching at Hollister Elementary and 3 summers teaching in the Explore program with Springfield Public Schools. Ms. Wendy loves serving students and helping them get excited about learning math; she is excited to be a part of KB Academy, and is excited to “have been called by the Lord to do this job!”

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Admin Assistant

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