Kiley Brown will be the new principal at Stonegate Elementary School, effective in July. The Ray-Pec School Board approved the hiring on March 28.
Brown is a district-wide instructional coach for early childhood through 5th grade. She has held that position since August 2020. Most recently, she was hired as principal for the Ray-Pec Summer School program.
From 2012 through 2020, she was an elementary school teacher in the District, teaching first grade, second grade, and as an general education teacher in the Compass Program. The semester before joining the District in August 2012, she was a long-term substitute in a Ray-Pec kindergarten classroom.
She was honored as the Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year in 2020.
Brown said her experience at Ray-Pec has given her the utmost respect for the dedication the District has to student success.
"I am looking forward to building relationships with Stonegate students, families, and staff to create a learning environment where students feel safe and loved," she said. "I am excited to watch students learn, grow, and succeed at Stonegate."
Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, said that Brown's experience in the District helps prepare her for the new role.
"She brings a historical perspective and a passion for student success," he said. "I am excited about her future at Stonegate Elementary."
Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Director of Elementary Education, agreed.
"Throughout her tenure in Ray-Pec, Mrs. Brown has demonstrated the successful ability to cultivate positive communication and relationships with students, staff and parents," Dr. Hofmann said. "She has served in a variety of roles, from special program teacher to instructional coach, and brings a strong background in instructional leadership and for building efficacy in those around her."
Brown earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with an emphasis in early childhood education, from Missouri State University. She received her master's degree in education administration from William Woods University.
She will replace Carolyn Deane, who is resigning at the end of the 2022-2023 school year to accept another position in the District.
Brown and her husband, Chris, live in Raymore with their daughters, Everly, 3, and Addison, 1.