Head of School
There are so many reasons to love Horizon Academy and my role as a teacher and leader. First, stimulating the minds of our students and helping them learn is a challenging task that constantly requires new ideas and a fresh outlook. Second, our students and their needs are always changing which brings new challenges and fresh ideas. In addition, I love that the classroom is a dynamic work environment...no two days are ever the same. Furthermore, it is awesome to work with a group of professionals who are constantly striving to improve student learning and achievement! I could go on and on, but I will conclude by saying that Horizon Academy changes lives and brings hope to families. Enough said. ; )
Degrees: B.A. from University of Kansas; B.A. from University of Missouri at Kansas City; M.S. from University of Kansas; M.S.E. from Pittsburg State University
Passions: family, teaching and learning, fitness, baking, and chocolate
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” LaoTzu
I love working at Horizon Academy because we have a quiet, positive, safe environment where students can succeed at their own pace. The atmosphere of collaboration is felt throughout the program. Our teachers never give up on students and always make a unique connection with each one, so that they are able to open up and learn. Watching students blossom into confident and competent learners is what drives me to do better at my job everyday!
Degrees: B.S. from The University of Kansas, M.S. from The University of Kansas, M.S. from Pittsburg State University
Passions: my family, education, beach vacations, reading, walking, KC Royals
"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine
“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” -John Wooden
Serving as the Office Manager at Horizon Academy is a pleasure for several reasons. I enjoy being part of our team that is creating a community of life-long learners. I am blessed to be able to work with a terrific staff and to interact with our special students on a daily basis. My job allows me to use my education background and my business skills.
Degrees: B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Passions: Family, reading and the Kansas City Royals
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden
I am inspired to be helping our students gain personal insight and growth that will help direct them toward a purposeful life. For some it comes very naturally and for others it is a journey that can take many twist and turns along the path. The reward is seeing and hearing from former students that have moved on to other schools, are pursuing post secondary education or are now adults that can reflect on their time at Horizon Academy as a period of learning and acceptance.
Degrees: M.S.W. from UMKC; Bachelor's from American University; Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW).
Passions: Spending time with my wife and 3 children, outdoor activities (biking, hiking, snow skiing), learning about new things.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anaïs Nin
I enjoy working in schools because I like to assist families when they are exploring school possibilities for their children. Horizon Academy is a special place that allows students to become confident life long learners. We provide skills and attention that students may not be able to find in other school environments. I like to watch a student begin school at Horizon Academy, how they walk taller and smile broader.
Degree: B.A. from the American University
Passions: Family, Walking, Reading, Yoga
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” -Margaret Mead
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglas
I like the community we create for and with our students each year. I learn something new every day. We, as a school, are not afraid to try new things.
Degrees: MPA from University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A. from Truman State University
Passions: family, people!, nature walks, good eats
Horizon Academy is doing incredible work for students in Kansas City with learning disabilities. As the Communications Manager, I get to share these inspiring stories with the community. I feel so lucky to be a part of the Horizon Academy family!
Degree: B.S. from The University of Missouri
Passions: family, friends, reading, local sports teams, and exploring Kansas City
"Things work out best for those that make the best of how things work out." -John Wooden
I enjoy teaching at Horizon Academy because I love teaching strategies to students allowing them to become life long learners.
Degrees: B.S. from Rockhurst University and M.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City
Passions: My husband and I enjoy traveling to Des Moines, Iowa and St. Louis to visit family
I am thrilled to be working at a school where every person is encouraged to reach their full potential. Along my own journey I had many teachers whom I thank for where I am now. I hope to be a similar person for all the children here as they grow to be life long learners.
Degrees: B.A. from Loras College, M.S.W. from St. Ambrose University
Passions: Exploring Kansas City, my cats, volunteering and reading
If "Plan A" did not work the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.-Anonymous
I enjoy teaching because it's so gratifying to see children grow and learn each day. I love teaching at Horizon Academy because the staff if so supportive and the students work hard daily to be successful. The parents will do whatever needs to be done for their children; which is amazing to see!
Degrees: B.S. from Creighton University, M.A. from Baker University
Passion: my family
"For in him we live and move and have our being" -Acts 17:28
I love working at Horizon Academy because this school understands that not everyone learns the same way! I find joy in catering to different minds and love that I laugh with the students at Horizon everyday!
Degree: B.A. from Kansas State University
M.Ed. from Rockhurst University
Passions: Family, music, exploring and food!
"Only a life lived for others is a life worth living." -Albert Einstein
Teaching has chosen me as much as I have chosen it, even as a young child. I knew what I wanted to do even before I started school and it did not deviate over the years. I would always be a teacher and therefore always learning, and sharing the love of learning with others. I have continued my professional education all through my career so far and hope to continue doing so. I was very lucky when I found this home for my vocation. At Horizon Academy, I found the truest, most amazing educational environment I have ever known. It is positive, motivating and effective for students, staff and parents. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to be here and strive to be worthwhile of the opportunities we all have here.
Degrees: B.S. from University of Nebraska, M.S. from University of Nebraska, M.S. from University of Kansas
Passions: time with my family, anything outside, education, sports
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” Muhammad Ali
Why did I become a teacher? Read the quote below.
Degrees: B.A. from Park University; M.A. from Pittsburg State University
Passions: writing, dodgeball, life-long learning, seeing the humor in life
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."-Albert Schweitzer
I work at Horizon because it allows me the freedom to teach children effectively and make a real difference in the trajectory of their lives.
Degrees: B.S. and M.S. from University of Kansas
Passions: family, teaching, swimming, church, songwriting & recording.
I enjoy being a teacher assistant because I like helping the students learn and reach their full potential. They are our future! I also like the support of all the staff and parents of students at Horizon Academy.
Degrees: B.S. from S. Illinois University. M.A. from AGT Seminary.
Passions: reading, music, sports, spending time with family and friends.
"Teachers have been equated to gardeners, architects and artists. A teacher sees into the soul of each student, plants seeds of promise and nourishes their tender growth. The art of teaching is creating a fertile environment for growth and discovery." -Anonymous
Horizon Academy exemplifies this statement! This is exactly why I choose to teach at such an amazing and special school!
Degrees: B.S. from William Jewell College; M.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City
Passions: my faith, my family, hiking, cycling, spending time outdoors
Every day I am inspired by my wonderful, unique students. My goal is help them recognize and develop their own strengths and to become independent, capable young adults.
Degrees: B.A. from Wichita State University, M.A. from Wichita State University, A.A.S from Johnson County Community College
Passions: my faith, my family, my friends, reading, sewing, music
"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings." --Ann Landers
Teaching for me is an opportunity to grow in character and become a life-long learning.
Degrees: B.A. from Swarthmore College, M.S. from Bank Street College of Education and J.D. from New York University School of Law.
"A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel." -Proverbs 1:5
I enjoy being a teacher assistant at Horizon Academy because we teach our students to believe in their own abilities and help them gain the tools necessary to become lifelong learners.
Degrees: Associate's Degree at Penn Valley (in progress)
Passions: Art, animals, cooking, and people
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
This is my first year teaching at Horizon Academy, but the school has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am so happy to finally be a meaningful part of this community. The staff is an inspiration, and the students are each so unique; everyone is brilliant in his or her own way. My goal as a teacher and teaching assistant is to educate all students in the best possible way for them as individuals.
Degree: B.A. in English from the University of Kansas
Passions: language, literature, storytelling, people, environmentalism
"If you will it, it is no dream." - Theodor Herzl
As a teacher, I desire that every student I encounter reaches their full potential. I believe that full potential inevitably begins with the yearning to ask questions, a drive to seek answers, the ability to think critically, and the patience to admire beauty. Horizon Academy is a place where curiosity and discovery come naturally and full potential is waiting in every classroom, and I could not imagine a more exciting place to work.
Degree: B.S. from the University of Columbia-Missouri
Passions: playing music, listening to stories, traveling to new places, climbing on rocks
"And remember, also, that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow." - Norton Juster
I think that education is one of the greatest gifts I can give a person. Whether it is in the classroom, a museum, or online I want to spread information and understanding. I believe that a lack of critical thinking and scientific literacy is holding back our culture. I want to do my part to protect the next generation from pseudoscience and superstition.
Degrees: BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute
Passions: skepticism, making, biking, board games
"For me it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." -Carl Sagan
Passions: my family, being active, outdoor adventures and attending performing art events
"If it's not fun, then it's not worth doing. Be creative and make it fun!" - K. Bardwell
I am so delighted to be a teacher’s assistant at Horizon Academy! It is rewarding to get to learn from the students each day, and to always work in a supportive and positive environment. I feel like I’ve found what I love to do everyday, and that’s working with individuals who are unique and talented in their own ways. I hope to continue seeing our students grow, and am excited to see all of their success now and in the future.
Degree: B.A. from The University of Kansas
Passions: watching movies, spending time with my family and friends, traveling and learning new things!
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaad
Michael Chamberlain Jr.
Physical Education & Sports Coordinator
At Horizon Academy, teachers strive to unleash the potential of these bright young minds. Watching students grow into life-long learners is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher. The entire staff is here to encourage these students to make a positive impact within their communities, and it is truly a special place to be.
Degrees: B.S. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Passions: Spending time outdoors, traveling, staying active, and the St. Louis Blues
"Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
Horizon is a wonderful place to work because of the opportunities it provides students of all walks of life. The teachers are exceptional, the administration are miracle workers, and the students are beacons of inspiration for all of us. Growing up with a disabled brother, I know what it means to have a staff so dedicated to their success. Horizon makes me proud to serve the students, parents, and staff that makes this place great!
Degrees: A.A.S. in Computer Science - MCCKC (In Progress)
Passions: soccer, gardening, cooking, travel, and pugs
As a speech-language pathologist at Horizon Academy, I have the wonderful job of helping children improve their speech and language skills every day to ensure that they become effective listeners and communicators. Helping children achieve the keys to successful communication truly opens so many doors for them. There is such joy in working in this supportive, collaborative, and engaging learning environment.
Degrees: M.A. from the University of Kansas
Passions: the great outdoors, spending time with my husband and dog, trying new restaurants, watching KC sports teams
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" - Maya Angelou
My passion is to help others gain strength, confidence and a better understanding of who they are. With this, I believe anyone can achieve their goals and aspirations. Every individual is faced with barriers and setbacks, but it is how you stand back up after getting knocked down that shows who you are and who you can be. I hope to be an uplifting stepping stone on someone's path to success
I love being an Occupational Therapist at Horizon Academy. To see the students grow and be able to function at their highest potential in the classroom is amazing.
Degrees: B.A. from Creighton University, M.O.T from Rockhurst University
Passions: my family and friends, traveling, going to my son's basketball and baseball games, scouts with my sons, Royal's fan
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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