Dr. Robin Henderson
Dr. Robin Henderson is the Founding Principal of the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. She started her career as an elementary school teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. Concerned with the social–emotional needs of her students, she went on to pursue a Masters in Counseling and eventually moved into a Dean of Student Services role within her district. This role outside of the classroom allowed her to see firsthand the struggles many new teachers faced as they worked to meet the needs of students from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Fueled by this, she went on to earn a Ph.D.in Elementary Education and then became a college professor focused on cultivating teachers to teach and lead in urban schools.
Dr. Henderson comes to Kansas City by way of Memphis, where she was the Executive Director of the Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR). Through her work leading MTR, she has not only crafted and led one of the highest-performing teacher preparation programs in Tennessee, but has also demonstrated how these programs can partner with and strengthen neighborhoods and communities. At KCNA, she is working to build and grow a neighborhood school whose emphasis on literacy, STEAM, and project-based learning provides a world-class education and novel experiences to children in the Kansas City urban core.
Michael A. Lang currently serves as Mathematics Coordinator, Pre-k through 3, for Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. Prior educational experience has spanned over 4 decades. Initially there were opportunities to serve as a paraprofessional teacher, K-8, in both Missouri and Kansas, as an Early Learning Center Director within the Kansas City inner-city, an alternative high school math teacher, multiple middle and elementary school assignments, K-8 mathematics instructional coach, culminating with the work being developed and established currently at KCNA.
Mr. Lang has a BS from University of Alabama-Birmingham in finance, a MA from UMKC in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on math, and is a Licensed Early Learning Center Director.
Manager of Family Services and After School
Chief Operating Officer
Exceptional Education Coordinator
Jarita earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University and her Masters in Social Work from Park University. For the past ten years, Jarita has spent her time working within school settings. She has also worked with programs that are designed to remove any barriers that hinder academic success. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.