Assistant Principals

Assistant Principal

photo of Missy DeDonder
   
Melissa DeDonder    
  
Mrs. DeDonder graduated from Park Hill High School and pursued her education degree at Baker University.  She began her teaching career in Park Hill in 1994.  Her master's and education specialist degrees are from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  She taught communication arts and social studies at Plaza before moving to Congress when the sixth grade center opened.  In 2004 she became the assistant principal at Congress. 

Assistant Principal

Ryan Smith


Ryan Smith

Mr. Ryan Smith begins his seventeenth year in education, and his first year as one of Plaza’s assistant principals. Mr. Smith started his educational career in the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools as a school bus driver and has worked his way to his current position.  At the time KCKPS, encouraged classified employees to return to school and obtain an alternative certificate to teach in the school and Mr. Smith knew this was a golden opportunity.  Mr. Smith taught business education at Washington High School and was later promoted to serve as Dean of Students.

Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Management from Friend’s University, a Master’s Degree in Business Education from Rockhurst University, an Educational Specialist in Administration from Williams Woods University and is currently working towards completion of his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Williams Woods University (2018). 

A native of Kansas City, KS, Mr. Smith resides in the Kanas City, KS area with his wife Tina and 14-year old son RJ. They enjoy supporting RJ in all of his activities and spending time with their four grandchildren.