School of Education News

Observing and Influencing Student Growth

Keichanda Dees-Burnett grew up at UMKC. From an active undergraduate majoring in communications studies, to a graduate student in higher education administration, to the director of Multicultural Student Affairs and co-interim dean of students, the Kansas City native is a key source of support for minority students on campus.

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A Life-Long Love of Teaching

Senior Hayley Benton wants to help people learn. “Get to know our people and you’ll know what UMKC is all about”. Hayley has wanted to be a teacher since she was in first grade, and a degree in education has been a long-time goal.”

 

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Alumna Helps People Heal from the Inside Out

As an undergraduate at UMKC, Lauren Thompson (B.F.A. ’09, B.A. ’09, M.A. ’12) would dance for six hours a day, then go to her psychology classes. Along the way, she also decided to get a minor in gender and women’s studies. A year after graduation, she was back at UMKC, pursuing her master’s in counseling and guidance, with a focus on mental health. She later opened her Pilates studio, Thrive Pilates in Kansas City’s Westside, which incorporates this wide range of training and experiences. She wanted to meet the multifaceted needs of women from both physical and mental health perspectives, and her diverse background gave her the skills she needed to do it.

 

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