Green Fellowship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is proud to employ several Green Fellows, who are Teach For America alumni educators selected for additional development and leadership in the Kansas City education landscape. Read more about Green Fellow here:

Arlette Acosta


What drew you to the Green Fellow program?

The opportunity to join a cohort of highly effective teachers to learn from and collaborate with as leaders in education and to engage in conversations with stake holders of the community I teach in.


How has your Green Fellow experience complemented the development at Kauffman School?

As a newcomer to Kansas City, it’s vital to gain a contextual understanding of the educational landscape of my new community. My experience as a Green Fellow has allowed me the opportunity to gain this understanding. Meanwhile, the personalized coaching that drew me to Kauffman School has strengthened me as a teacher, allowing me to develop my teaching strategies and gather data more efficiently.

Jason Zimmerman


What experiences within Green Fellow program have most impacted you as a teacher leader?

My best experiences are the connections I created. I’ve met other fellows and community leaders that offer ideas for not only my content as a teacher but also larger social movements in which I can engage. I feel like a better citizen because of Green Fellow programming, and that makes me an inherently more aware teacher.


How has your Green Fellow experience complemented the development at the Kauffman School?

The Green Fellowship is a perfect complement to Kauffman School. Whereas Kauffman School professional development are day-to-day techniques to be the best classroom teacher, the Green Fellowship offers systems-wide perspective. Seeing both the ground floor and big picture has allowed me to more holistically understand my role as an educator.

Olivia Flores


Why did you seek out the Green Fellowship?

I sought out the Green Fellowship as the next logical step in my career and development as a leader. I had taught previously at the high school level in Chicago, received my Master’s degree, and broadened my skills with TEFL certification and work on my bilingualism abroad. I knew that I wasn’t interested in taking myself out of the classroom to work towards a higher degree, and that I wasn’t interested in a particular Master’s degree. I wanted to learn in a rigorous way, but without the formal structure (and, frankly, the cost) of pursuing another degree. The Green Fellowship provides the spaces and access to leaders and peers that ultimately push you to explore your own leadership in diverse and dynamic ways. At this point in my career, I’m particularly hungry for these opportunities, and the Green Fellowship fit.


How has your Green Fellow experience complemented the development at the Kauffman School?

Our educational system in the United States could very much be a system that is accessible and equitable for all, but it is not. My contribution towards improving that system involves me pursuing my passion as a teacher. However, in order to truly pursue my passion with the vigor of my belief in the power of educational opportunities, it is not enough for me to be a passionate teacher—I have to also be an extremely effective one. When considering placement opportunities, I realized that I was not yet good enough to be An educator in any placement, that I would need a school that could provide me direction, development, and the kind of uniquely innovative environment to foster advanced progress in my teaching skills. At the Kauffman School, I’m immersed in an environment of like-minded teachers who are truly excellent at their craft. When seeking to improve public education and educational practices, I knew I wanted to be a part of community like this one. And when deciding to move to Kansas City, Missouri to offer my services as a teacher, I had no idea that I would encounter a school as transformational as this one.