For many students, the“one size fits all” approach to education commonly found in U.S. schools simply does not work. Curriculums that instill a 4-year degree as the only path to success, and ignore the natural aptitude of each individual will inevitably allow many students to fall through the gaps.
The Missouri Innovation Campus is one of the many schools reinventing how to not only better prepare students for their careers, but to give them a massive head start. Join us on a tour of their space to learn about their nationally recognized innovative curriculum, and how they partnered with Gould Evans to create unique learning spaces to support it. Photos by Michael Robinson.
**Masks are strongly encouraged for this event.**
Emily Hobbs is the Career Navigator at STA and its feeder schools. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in French Education and a Master’s Degree in English Education at The University of Iowa. For more than 20 years, she taught a combination of French and English, primarily at the middle level gaining National Board Certification in 2017. She served in multiple leadership roles including multiple mentorship programs for teachers, curriculum writing teams, and student activities. As a member of the Career Education Department, she works with teachers to incorporate real-world learning into the curriculum K-12 with a goal of 100% of students achieving a Market Value Asset before graduation.
Michael combines award-winning classroom practice in both the K-12 and higher education settings with an internationally published record of research and scholarship in education. He leads the development of professional learning around inclusive educational design, with a focus on Universal Design for Learning and issues of gender equity. His research centers global, interdisciplinary collaboration and user partnership and he is the recipient of the 2020 USEA Outstanding Master Teacher Award.
Serving as an Associate Principal in the Kansas City studio, Sean brings more than 20 years of architectural planning and design experience, with a focus on the planning, programming, and design of educational and library facilities for clients throughout the Midwest. A design leader in the studio, he has been instrumental in many of the firm’s most successful and award-winning projects, bringing a tremendous understanding of the design requirements for creating optimal learning environments and civic spaces that focus on innovation, wellness and delight. Committed to designing with clients, not at them, Sean is a skilled facilitator, leading design workshops in which client groups, design teams, and community members work together to identify needs and develop solutions for meeting those needs.
Dr. Bonnesen is the director/principal of Summit Technology Academy (STA) at The Missouri Innovation Campus. Dr. Bonnesen has nearly 28 years of experience in education. He has received numerous awards and recognitions within the educational and civic arenas, including Lee’s Summit Community Reflections of Character Award Recipient, Kansas City Connector Recognition by the Kauffman Foundation, and a Lee’s Summit School District Excellence in Teaching Recipient. He holds a doctorate and specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Louis University. In addition, he also has earned a master’s degree in school counseling and a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Central Missouri.
Jeff Nevinski is the Assistant Principal/Director of Summit Technology Academy at the Missouri Innovation Campus. Mr. Nevinski brings a myriad of industry and educational experiences with him to STA. With degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, Mr. Nevinski started as a software developer for a Fortune 500 healthcare company before shifting his interests to Bioinformatics. He has more than a decade of experience as an instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science as well as five years experience as a PreK-12 Instructional Technology coach. Mr. Nevinski has a Master degree in Education and is currently a doctoral candidate for Educational Leadership.