Teachers & Support Staff
Asha Moore received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Institute for Urban Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well. Mrs. Moore previously taught in the Hickman Mills School District for six years and has a passion for teaching and learning. When Mrs. Moore is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, playing games with family and friends and participating in service projects with her sorority.
Andrea Davis received her Bachelor’s degree from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri and her Master’s in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Davis has previously taught early childhood for three years and worked at the middle and elementary school level with the Hickman Mills School District for three years. Mrs. Davis is very passionate about educating students’. She believes in every child’s ability to learn and works hard to create a classroom that is fun and welcoming to students of all learning abilities. When Mrs. Davis is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and golden doodle, Harley. She also loves singing, decorating, and traveling.
Keyonia Cobbins teaches third grade at AFIA. This is Ms. Cobbins’ eighth year teaching and my ninth year as an educator. She has a Bachelors degree in Education from Missouri Western State University and a Masters degree in Professional Teaching from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She enjoys singing and spending time with her children and husband.
Arica Miller is Family School Liaison at AFIA. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She has worked with Jackson County’s children’s services, and has much experience with connecting children, youth and families to services that are needed. Mrs. Miller enjoys gardening with her husband, and spending time with her family.
Vonnchet Clark teaches kindergarten. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from UMKC. She completed student teaching in the Kansas City, KS school district for a full year. After graduation, she worked in UMKC’s early childhood education school, Berkley. Ms. Clark is a youth counselor at the church she attends and is very passionate about the growth and development of youth. Some of her outside hobbies are singing and dancing. She sings at church and various other events and I’m a part of a Kansas City 2-step group called the Steppers of KC.
Krystian Swinton is an assistant teacher at AFIA and attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Swinton received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a minor in Family Studies in May 2015 and plans to return to UMKC for her graduate studies. While attending UMKC, Ms. Swinton has been able to experience working with children in various districts such as KCKPS, KCMSD, and Hickman Mills School District. Outside of school, Ms.Swinton serves as a Sunday school teacher for 3-5 year olds at her church, enjoys dancing, and loves spending time with her family.
Tasha Williams received a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Central Missouri State University. Prior to college she worked at various KinderCare Preschools around the Kansas City area . After college she taught Pre-School and Kindergarten at a private school and has worked as a Title I support in the Hickman Mills School District. During the summers she is the Project Director with the Kansas City Freedom School’s Initiative. This is Ms. Williams’ second year here at AFIA. She believes that every child is able to learn with the support of caring adults. In her free time, Ms. Williams likes to spend time with her family, travel, read and cook.
Angela Smith is the music teacher at AFIA. After graduating high school in 2012, she pursued her degree in music education at Simpson College, near her hometown of Des Moines, IA. Outside of the school day, her hobbies include visiting family and friends in Iowa, playing piano for leisure, and traveling to new cities around the midwest.
Miss Amber teaches kindergarten and comes to AFIA with 4 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood, with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Miss Amber has a passion for keeping her students active through music and movement in the classroom as well as engaging them in many creative, hands-on learning activities. In her free time you can find Miss Amber knocking down 3 pointers on the basketball court or spiking the volleyball in Martin City on her power league sand volleyball team. And, if you’re really lucky, you’ll hear her singing karaoke to her favorites, like Rhianna, Bruno Mars, and the Beatles!
Mrs. Dorothy Miller
Mrs. Dorothy Miller received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute with a focus in Fiber Arts and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction as well as Art Education Certification from The University of Missouri Kansas City. Over the past 10 years Mrs. Dorothy has had many wonderful opportunities to work with children and artists in a variety of settings including Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Border Star Montessori, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She looks for the unique, beautiful, and artful qualities found in all aspects of life. When she is not teaching or creating art, Mrs. Dorothy enjoys being outdoors on bike rides, playing at the park, sewing, and spending time with her husband and son.
Angela Labrie Blackwell
Angela Labrie Blackwell received her doctorate in therapeutic science at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2015. She earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003 and her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1997. In addition to working at AFIA, Dr. Blackwell teaches occupational therapy graduate students at the University of Kansas Medical Center and serves other community agencies as an occupational therapist. Her clinical experiences include pediatric hospitals and early intervention as well as school based-practice. Dr. Blackwell’s research interests include Response to Intervention (RtI), teacher-therapist collaboration, sensory processing, and self-regulation in the early childhood classroom. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Laurie Bomba, Librarian
Laurie Bomba earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Boston University in 1990, and worked for four years as an advertising copywriter. She has enjoyed a lifelong passion for books and literacy. Before joining AFIA, she volunteered for ten years at her boys’ school and served as a reading tutor at Literacy Kansas City. Ms. Bomba is an avid reader of fiction, biography, science and psychology (and almost any other subject). When she’s not sharing her love of books with the scholars of AFIA, Ms. Bomba enjoys cooking and outdoor adventures with her husband and three grown boys.
Beth Sarver – Resilience Coordinator
Beth Sarver received her Bachelors in Fine Art with an emphasis in Sculpture and Arts Education from the University of Kansas. Beth is trained to deliver the Mindful Schools curriculum. Beth is also a certified leader of InterPlay; which is a pedagogy for cultivating mindfulness through creativity, performance and play. Beth is a regional leader and master trainer in Trauma Informed Care, Trauma Sensitive Schools and Building Resilience Culture.
Beth has over 13 years of experience as an artist educator in a wide variety of non-traditional settings including: juvenile detention centers, foster care group homes and fine art studios of all kinds. For two years she was the Lead Artist for Accessible Arts’ Discovery Trails Trip, where she designed program curriculum of integrated arts instruction paired with a historical service learning adventure on the Oregon and California Trails with visually impaired teens from all over the USA! Beth is also an award winning Youth Mentor for the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration of Seattle, WA. Whether she is teaching a parent-child play group or a resilience training for KC Metro first-responders, Beth brings a grounded creative spirit to all of her teaching.
In her free time, Beth loves to practice mindfulness, dance, garden, read about the resilient nature of the brain, play with her 7 year old sidekick.
Charles Burt is an Assistant Teacher at AFIA. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education – Language Arts. Charles is from Saint Louis, Missouri and is a proud product of the Saint Louis Public School District. His passion for education stems from his own experiences as a student and desire to give all kids the same privileged education he was afforded. A kid at heart, Charles loves having fun, sleeping, traveling, laughing, and being a couch potato.
Haley Hurst is a 1st Grade teacher at AFIA. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and her Masters in Education from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. Haley has worked in education for 6 years as both a classroom teacher and instructional coach. She is passionate about creating educational equity through a constructivist teaching model. When she is not teaching, you can find her eating Tex-Mex, watching her favorite sports teams, and spending time with the people she loves.
Brenna Hart is an assistant teacher in Pre-K/Kindergarten. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at UMKC, she served as a supplemental instruction leader and discovered a love of teaching. She began volunteering at AFIA in the spring of 2016 and now works at AFIA full-time. She loves working in the pre-k/kindergarten classroom and watching scholars embrace wonder. When not teaching, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.