Christina Thurman - Principal
I am Mrs. Dawn Phillip-Simons, Assistant Principal. It is my privilege and pleasure to be part of the Kansas City Public School District and Northeast Middle School. I am originally from Chicago where I served as a teacher for grades K-12 and an Adjunct Faculty/Administrative member at Moraine Valley Community College. During 2014-2015, I was the science Chair and 7th grade science instructor here at NEMS and the proud instructor of our award-winning science program and science fair team. I joined the administration team as a Vice Principal in 2015. I have continued in the Vice Principal position to date.
My Educational and Professional Background
Education has been a lifelong passion. I’ve earned an AA-Business from Moraine Valley Community College-Chicago, a BA-Education K-12 from St. Xavier University-Chicago, an MA-Education K-12 from Governors State University -University Park and an Ed.S., from University of Missouri-Columbia in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe strongly in positive thinking and creative problem solving. It is with this focus that I speak with my scholars continually in creating solutions that utilize disciplined thinking models as well as coloring outside the box whenever possible. My focus is to nurture our young scholars into brilliant, self-confident, self-disciplined citizens.
I look forward to sharing the joy of learning with each scholar daily. Please join me in celebrating our excellent learning environment and endless opportunities.
My Favorite Quote
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
During Mr. Terence Dillard's 27 years in Education, he has served as a Physical Education Teacher, a mentor and has been an Assistant Principal for the past 15 years. Mr. Dillard's passion is to serve students, teachers, parents, and their communities as an instructional leader and ensure that every child has a learning environment that is conducive to learning. Additionally, Mr. Dillard is a dedicated father. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and the Black Men of America Organization.
Greetings! My name is Ife Williams and I am so excited to join the family here at Northeast Middle School. I am originally from St. Louis, MO where I raised two beautiful children, Monte II and De’Ja Marie. I love to read, travel and take my family fishing.
My Education and Professional Background:
I join the district with 15 years of service within the St. Louis City and County school districts. I was blessed to teach students from kindergarten through high school including even a year of teaching high school French. Prior to joining KCPS, I led my district in Science scores while serving as the 6th and 7th Grade Level Chair for my building.
I graduated in the top 1% of my class from Beaumont High School and went on to secure a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Saint Louis University. After several successful years in the financial industry I returned to school and secured my Master’s of Arts in Teaching and my Master’s of Education Administration from Missouri Baptist University.
My Educational Philosophy:
Education is foundational to success, in every single facet of life. I believe in a relationship first environment in which every scholar has a voice. I have always advocated for scholar success and will continue to do the same in my new position within Northeast Middle School.
My Favorite Quote:
“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”