Summer Youth Enrichment Program Instructor Bios

Melinda Ficken is a University of Kansas alumnus. She works for the Kansas City, Kansas School District teaching special education.  
  
Aimee Fleeman teaches third grade in the Kansas City, Kansas School District. This will be her third year teaching for JCCC. 
  
Laura Fogt teaches biology in the Olathe School District. 

Mark Foster, RN, BSN; is a instructor for JCCC’s nursing program.
  
Lisa Healey has taught art for eight years, and has worked in gifted education for the last 14 years.  She has taught in the JCCC TALENTS! program for six years. Lisa has a master’s degree in art education and gifted certification.  
  
Keil Hileman is a seasoned middle school teacher currently teaching museum connections in the DeSoto School District.  He was named Kansas Teacher of the Year in 2004. He also teaches a classroom museum course at MidAmerica Nazarene University and an artifact supported history course at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 
  
Beth Hunt Esco teaches biology, honors biology and forensics biotechnology in the Olathe School District. Beth received an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UMKC. 
    
Linda Ives teaches in the Olathe Public Schools elementary QUEST (gifted) program. She has taught 13 years in the summer youth program in the TALENTS! area. 
  
Suzanne Jensen is a library media specialist in the Shawnee Mission School District. She has served on the Teacher’s Choices Book Award Committee for the International Reading Association. 
  
Rich Kessler is a sixth grade language arts teacher in the Olathe School District. He has always loved learning in just about every subject and finds great joy in working with kids. He has been a part of the summer youth program for four years.  
Kelsey Koczanowski is a graduate of Kansas State University in elementary education. She is a third grade teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District. This is her second year teaching at JCCC.  
  
Susan Latas is retired from the Shawnee Mission School District after 29 years of teaching. She 
has taught mock trial experience for the JCCC Talents program for 20 years and has developed a terrific group of speakers. 
  
Jan Miller has been in gifted education for 27 years and has been selected twice for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was honored in 1994 as “distinguished teacher” by the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars.

Wendy Mueller has been a career counselor for more than 10 years, with experience working with all ages and backgrounds. She brings joy, humor and hope to her workshops, and likes to empower her students with tools to manage career transition. 
  
Kim Myers has taught elementary computer classes for three years and has also been a substitute in the Blue Valley School District. She is excited to be joining the JCCC summer youth enrichment program for her fifth year.  
Ann Nelson, NBCT, has taught for over 30 years. She is currently the enrichment specialist at Blue Valley School District. 
  
Victor Olvera has more than 20 years of experience in music teaching with an expertise on computer-assisted instruction and music software.  He has composed over 100 pieces and more than 40 music arrangements. He implemented music technology curriculum to teach music classes at JCCC.
   
Wendy Ping teaches art in the DeSoto School District. She has 20 years of art teaching experience as well as working with gifted students who excel in art. This will be her 13th year in the TALENTS! Program. 
  
Shannon Reese teaches third grade at Fairview Elementary.  She has taught in the JCCC summer youth program for six years.   
Dave Ritzman is president of Mid-State Sports Recruiting, a national organization specializing in sports marketing of high school athletes.  He has also coached at the high school, college and club level for over 18 years. Dave has a focus for helping kids understand and value the benefits of academics. 
  
Wendy Robinson has over 25 years of experience in education. She is currently the secondary gifted facilitator and a middle school QUEST teacher in Olathe. 

Jennifer Schmidt is a licensed clinical professional counselor.  She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Pittsburg State University and has a master’s degree in counseling from UMKC.  She has counseled and instructed on career assessments and career planning for thousands of clients ranging from high school and undergraduate college students to graduate and professional students and working professionals who are making career decisions.
  
Morgan Schneebeli is a reading specialist in the Shawnee Mission School District. She is excited to be returning for her seventh year with the JCCC summer youth enrichment program. 
  
Tim Urban is an elementary gifted education facilitator in the Kansas City, Kansas School District. He has taught in summer enrichment programs in the past  and also has taught for the Camp Invention program.

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