Aaron is a Wichita native, and a graduate of Friends University. His career in education has been broad with 11 years of classroom teaching experience in Wichita Public Schools, 20 years of administrative experience as Executive Director of Hope Street Youth Development, and 10 years as a Nationally-recognized Teacher Artist. Prior to becoming Head of School, Aaron volunteered in various ways at WFS, serving on our Board of Directors, as Clerk of our Development Committee, as a member of our Finance Committee and as Director of our Capital Campaign that funded the new additions to our building and playgrounds. "I felt called to arts education in college, and have had that calling confirmed all my life. I especially love building confidence and stimulating curiosity in children and helping them discover how truly wonderful and awesome they are."
Clint Simmons, Second - Fourth 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, Pre-K 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.
Faith Shults, Preschool Teacher
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Faith enjoys being with Wichita Friends School. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in K-8th Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Early Childhood. Faith’s hobbies include spending quality time with her husband, camping, crafting and caring for her dog and cat.
Kayla Nush, 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. In addition to loving her time in our WFS classrooms, Kayla enjoys volunteering at McConnell Air Force Base and going on outings with her husband and two little girls.
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.
Kc'Lynn, Preschool Paraprofessional
Certified by the State of Kansas in Early Childcare, Kc'Lynn is currently pursuing her degree in Elementary Education through Emporia State University. She brings her dedication and passion for teaching into the classroom as our pre-school paraprofessional and loves engaging young minds and encouraging learning at all levels and ages. She is so excited to be a part of the WFS family and looks forward to seeing you in the classroom!
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 assist with 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.”