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Contact Dr. Gus Jacob If You Have Questions about Kansas City PLUS:

Meet the dedicated team working with our partner schools and organizations to prepare the next generation of dynamic school leaders and to create excellent educational opportunities for students.

Our UMKC Team

Our team is dedicated to preparing the next generation of dynamic school leaders for Kansas City schools. Meet our UMKC Team:

Arthur (Gus) Jacob
Gus leads the Kansas City PLUS initiative, identifying future residents, developing partnerships with school districts, and supporting the work of the Kansas City PLUS Leadership Coaches. You can reach Gus with any questions about this program at

Shelly Beech
Shelly joined the ELPF division this June as an associate professor of professional practice.

Shelly will serve as a KC-PLUS program leadership coach and teaching courses in PK-12 educational administration for ELPF.

Shelly joins us after a distinguished career in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, in which she served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, human resources director, and professional development director.

Most recently, she has served as a school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SW-PBIS) consultant at the Kansas City Regional Professional Developmental Center (KC-RPDC), housed in the SOE.

Selia Ramirez
Selia provides administrative support for the Kansas City PLUS initiative and collaborates with Jordan Smith on resident admission to UMKC educational leadership degree programs. You can reach Selia at

Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith oversees Kansas City PLUS application management and assists with execution of other program components as needed. You can reach Jordan at

Jacob Germain
Jacob develops and distributes Kansas City PLUS resident newsletters and assists with execution of other program components as needed. You can reach Jacob at

Michelle Maher
Michelle assist with Kansas City PLUS program logistics as needed. You can reach Michelle at

Hubert Gordon
You can reach Hubert at

Our Partner Organizations and Schools

We are proud to partner with schools and organizations that are working to create excellent educational opportunities for Kansas City students.

Partner Organizations:

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which funds Kansas City PLUS, was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The foundation’s vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities.

The Hall Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that makes grants to community programs in the greater Kansas City area.

The Sherman Family Foundation is dedicated to causes, in and around Kansas City, that enhance human dignity and unlock individual potential. It supports, protects and cherishes effective schools and education programs that focus on children who live in poverty.

TNTP operates the national network of PLUS programs that Kansas City PLUS belongs to. TNTP launched the first PLUS program in Philadelphia in 2013, and now trains school leaders in seven sites nationwide.  A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP works at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

The Walton Family Foundation is working to expand opportunities and empower children and families with educational options. Since 1992, we have invested more than $1.3 billion in K-12 education and supported a quarter of the 6,700 charter schools created in the United States.

Our School Partners:

We continuously add school partners, so please check back for the latest additions.