In The Spotlight

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Hello! I am Jami Cardwell! I have three children. Our son, Crew, is 5 years old. Our son, Charles, is 4 years old and our daughter, Harper, is 3 years old. They keep us busy! I attended Northwest Missouri State University. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. I earned my Masters through the University of Missouri. I have taught first and fifth grade. This year I’m excited to be teaching third! I’m looking forward to a wonderful year at VSE!

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Hi Falcons,


My name is Leah Rider, and I will be joining the VSE team as the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. I received my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Middle Tennessee State University. Following graduation, I worked in a deaf and hard-of-hearing preschool within Vanderbilt University Medical Center before heading to graduate school. I graduated with my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fontbonne University in 2021 and spent my first year working as an SLP in a school district in St. Louis, Missouri.


I just moved to Kansas City at the beginning of this summer and am loving everything KC has to offer! In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, exploring the area, and reading a good book. I am so excited to begin my second year as an SLP / first year at BSSD and am looking forward to meeting you all! Let’s have a wonderful school year. 


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Mary Kenady

Hi!  I’m excited to be a VSE Falcon this year!  I earned a Master’s Degree from UCM in Counseling K-12 in 1993.

My 30 + years in education have been spent supporting students, parents and staff.  I look forward to providing guidance lessons in the classrooms, promoting a positive learning environment, and helping every child achieve success.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I also participate in tennis, pickle ball, yoga and cycling.  This is going to be an amazing school year!

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Rebecca Wilkerson

I am Rebecca Wilkerson, and I am so excited to be teaching at 2nd grade at Voy Spears Elementary. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 9th grades. I have three kids: a 6th grader, 4th grader and 2nd grader, all who attend school in the Blue Springs School District. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from William Jewell College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from University of Missouri Kansas City. My favorite thing to do with my family is to play board games. I also enjoy sewing and watching Sporting KC games.