I was born in Texas and then lived mainly in Indiana, growing up in a deeply rooted Quaker family where education was always valued. I met my husband Doug while earning my degree at Friends University and we have two children, Cameron and Kendra. I worked as a Preschool Teacher and Director of a Before and After School Program before going into healthcare, working as a nursing home administrator for several years and then as Administrator at Great Bend Regional Hospital for 13 1/2 years. I enjoy life and my family, especially our two little granddaughters, Pearl and Porter, who bring me so much joy! I am passionate about creating a nurturing environment for our children at WFS that embraces the whole child – mind, body and spirit. When I am not working I enjoy hiking, biking, running and watching KU Basketball and Denver Bronco Football.
Clint Simmons, Second - Third Grade Teacher
Clint is a Wichita native, graduating from Heights High School and Wichita State University with an undergraduate degree in International Business. Wanting to travel around the world, he studied abroad in Osaka, Japan. After graduating from WSU, he moved to Japan and worked three years as an English teacher for the Board of Education in a small town. Clint found that he loved making a difference in children’s lives and being a part of the education community, so after returning to America he earned his Master’s in Teaching from Kansas State University. He loves the outdoors and helping others. Clint hopes to bring a positive, caring and growth mindset to all of his students.
Michelle Thomas, Kindergarten - 1st Grade
Michelle was born and raised in Wichita. She and her husband have a son and daughter and spend as much time with them as possible. Michelle graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has taught many years in grades K-2 and thoroughly enjoys being a significant part of her students’ early learning and hopes to make a positive impact on their lives. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and doing arts and crafts projects.
Cathy Esposito, Preschool Teacher
Cathy joined our Wichita Friends School staff in 2017. Originally from New York, Cathy came to Kansas to attend Central Christian College in McPherson. After graduating from CCC she worked at Heartspring here in Wichita with preschool clients and has been working with early childhood education since then. She was director of a child development center and now, thoroughly enjoys being in the classroom with our WFS children.
Alisa Meyer, Preschool Teacher
Alisa was born and raised in Nebraska. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska of Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts in K-6 Special Education and an Endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. She ius married with two children. Her daughter, Graycee, attends K State University and her son, Jayce, is a senior this year with plans to attend Fort Hays University next fall. Alisa’s hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family and caring for our three Goldendoodles.
Juliana Voss, Preschool Paraprofessional
A native of Hayesville, Juliana calls both Hayesville and Wichita "home." As a preschool paraprofessional, she brings 10+ years of experience in child care to our WFS classes. She is a graduate of Eric Fisher Academy and is State of Kansas certified in child care. She and husband, Jayden, have a 5-year old son, Cooper.
Kayla Nush, After-School Director & Preschool Paraprofessional
Originally from Arkansas, Kayla moved to Wichita in 2018 to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. In her work at McConnell Airforce Base in family advocacy and support, she discovered a passionate calling that brings joy to her life as she brings joy to young children and their families. When Kayla is not in our WFS Pre-K classroom or After-School Care program, she spends time volunteering at McConnell Air Force Base and enjoys outings with her husband and two little girls.
Gracie Rodriguez, Financial Manager
Gracie Rodriguez has been with WFS as our Financial Manager since 2011. Gracie received certification as a Computer Programmer from Electronic Computer Program Institute (ECPI) in Chicago, IL and earned an Associate’s Degree with emphasis in Managerial Accounting from Butler County Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from Avila University. Other certifications include membership of the Society for Human Resource Management and several Leadership Achievement Awards from the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. Community involvement includes fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other charities within the community. Family is her greatest joy which includes her husband, four grown children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren!
Connie Adams, Enrichment Volunteer
Retired from a career in higher education and a secondary career in liturgical music as church organist and children’s music minister, Connie assists with our WFS Monday morning worship, leads Godly Play Bible stories and Faith & Play Quaker stories, teaches music (singing and rhythm), and manages our school library. Connie’s educational background includes a B.A. in English Education from Southwestern College; a Master’s in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University, and Faith Formation Certification in children’s ministry from the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. ”I am so blessed to be able to combine my educational experience, my faith, my music and my love of books into one volunteer position at this wonderful school.”