Dr. Jimmie Bullard has over 26 years of experience in the field of urban education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University. She completed her Master's in School Administration from William Woods University and later completed her Doctorate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in Urban Leadership and Administration.
She developed a strong background in culturally relevant pedagogy, effective classroom management and curriculum/instruction from her background at J. S. Chick African Centered Shule.’ She dares to believe that all students can learn, grow and be great. She dares to believe that a child’s zip code should not determine a child’s success. She dares to believe that Kansas City Public Schools is a wonderful place for all students to excel academically and socially.
Dr. Bullard and her husband Heru live in the Kansas City area. She enjoys reading, history, writing poetry, physical fitness, being an advocate for children and watching professional football, especially the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mr. Wren is honored and a privileged to be a part of the beautiful Banneker community. He is excited for the upcoming school year, and all the new learning that will be accomplished together. He looks forward to spending time and getting to know the staff, students, families and the surrounding community and stakeholders.
His passion is Youth Development and serving families in partnership. He believes that the academic and emotional well-being of our students is deeply connected in these partnerships. Making sure that all students have full access to the curriculum is one of his main goals.
He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Mary Harmon Weeks Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and graduated from Central Sr. High. He has been an educator for over 20 years, working in Saint Paul Public Schools in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He spent most of his years as an administrator after teaching elementary and special education. He attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City (BA), Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota (BA), and the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota (Master of Education, Principal Certification, Director of Special Education License, and Educational Specialist degree).
One fun fact about him is that during his senior year in 1983, he worked for the Kansas City Royals cleaning the stadium to earn money for my senior prom expenses.
He has learned that as a school, we have strong traditions and rich diversity within our Benjamin Banneker Elementary community. His hope is to continue those strong traditions and that ALL students thrive, feel safe, are valued, connected and challenged.