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NEMS Tennis Team

Just three short years ago, tennis at Northeast High School in Kansas City was unheard of. In its 100+ year history, the school had never offered tennis as an MSHSAA sponsored sport. Now, thanks to the work of Franklin Fleming, Dr. James Sanders and the Northeast Middle and High School administrations, the school offers varsity tennis for boys and girls, and over 150 students are given access to tennis through Physical Education classes.


Brett Schriewer,Principal of NEMS


Greetings, I am Brett Schriewer and I am the principal of Northeast Middle School. I joined the Northeast Middle School Titan Family for the 2019-2020 school year. Outside of serving the NEMS as your principal, I enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, working with horses, researching my family genealogy, and spending time with my family.


My Education and Professional Background

My education career began in Katy, Texas in 2000 where I was a 6-12 science teacher and district science curriculum coordinator. From there I moved on to be an assistant principal and then a dean of instruction in both a K-12 and secondary settings. My next stop was serving as the principal of a K-12 charter school in Houston, prior to joining the KCPS team as a vice principal at Southeast High School and now as the principal of Northeast Middle School. Lifelong learning is important to me and I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Transformational Leadership from Northcentral University. In addition to my pursuit toward my doctorate, I have an associate degree in Biology, a bachelor’s degree in biology and Chemistry, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating educational environment in which to grow and mature, not only in educational subject matter but also emotionally, physically, and socially.

I believe schools that are informed, energetic, and thoughtful are successful schools. Schools need to have a positive climate and a supportive culture at all levels. Respect and open communication is key to this. I believe it is important for administrators, staff, faculty, and students to be on the same page and for policies to be developed with everyone’s input.

My Favorite Quote

“We can no longer educate students, so they can answer questions that can be looked up online, but rather we must educate them to be independent thinkers and possess the skills needed to answer questions that haven’t been asked yet.” Dr. Kim Silverman

Kathyrene Hayes, Vice Principal of NEMS

I am Assistant Principal Kathyrene Hayes. I have been a part of the NEMS Titan Family since the 2018-2019 school year. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, crafting door wreaths, roller skating, traveling, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.

My Education and Professional Background

I began my teaching career at Northeast High School.  My area of concentration: Career Technical Education (CTE). In CTE classes, students apply real-world assignments/activities to learning enhancing their knowledge.  In order to provide pedagogical assistance to teachers, I pursued my administrator’s degree.   I earned my master’s degrees in Educational Leadership/Specialists from Northwest Missouri State University.  Currently, I am pursuing a doctoral degree in education from William Woods University and will attempt to complete my course work in the Spring of 2019.  The next phase of the program is to create my dissertation. 

My Educational Philosophy
I believe every child is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere in which to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

As an educator I want to help scholars to:

·       meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe, risk-taking, and collaborative environment.

·       development positive character and leadership traits which are essential in becoming a productive citizen.

I believe a positive middle school education is essential to creating successful life-long learners.

My Favorite Quote

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and think critically.  Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dawn Phillips-Simons, Vice Principal of NEMS


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.”

Albert Einstein

Dr. Judy Vang, Vice Principal of NEMS


I am Dr. Judy Vang, Assistant Principal. I joined the Titan family for the 2019-2020 school year and am extremely excited to continue to be a part of the Northeast Middle School team. Outside of being an educator, I enjoy reading, traveling, spending time with my family, and cheering on my favorite sports teams. Go Chiefs!

My Education and Professional Background

I began my teaching career in Kansas City, KS Public Schools and am honored to be able to use my education and 16 years of experience to continue working with students, teachers, and parents here at Northeast Middle School. 

I received my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Baker University.  I have a passion for education, literacy, and diversity.  I firmly believe in cultivating collaborative professional development opportunities for teachers.  I believe in being a liaison for teachers, students and their parents.  I hope to help build a sense of community, leading to strong relationships, increased innovation, and engagement.  

My Educational Philosophy

I firmly believe in collaborating with everyone to help create a culturally responsive environment of reflective critical thinking, innovation, and engagement, geared toward developing capacity in teachers and students, building strong relationships, and developing young minds.  Every scholar is unique and therefore deserves a quality education.  My goal is to help scholars fulfill their potential by developing collaborative character traits and skills that will lead them become a citizen who continue to be life-long learners.    

My Favorite Quote

“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite.” – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

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