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Takeisha Brown, Principal

Tamera Patterson, Vice Principal

Takeisha Brown, Principal - Wendell Phillips

Ms. Takeisha Brown, ABD


Takeisha Brown serves as Principal in Kansas City Public Schools where she carries out the vision and mission of KCPS, in addition to the individual mission and vision of Wendell Phillips. Takeisha works diligently to support staff in all capacities in order to raise student achievement. She coaches teachers and provide model lessons when needed. She intentionally builds relationships with students and partnerships with civic and business organizations to help meet the needs of students, educators and families, alike. Takeisha created a mentoring program, Brown Girl Sister Friends, to support struggling 5th and 6th grade girls who had poor attendance, subpar grades, and challenging behavior.

Takeisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta Georgia; Master of Arts in Curriculum Instruction with an emphasis in Multicultural Education from University of Missouri-Kansas City; Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She works diligently at being a culturally responsive practitioner and leader. Takeisha is an active member of the National Association for Multicultural Education & National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.

Takeisha enjoys listening to music, reading and writing poetry, visiting museums, and pursuing artistic expression through collaging, painting and designing jewelry and clothes. You may encounter her at an open mic event and/or see her at an art pop-up shop. If you would like to collaborate with Takeisha, email her at

Tamara Patterson, Vice Principal - Wendell Phillips

Ms.Tamara Patterson, M.Ed.

Vice Principal

I was born on July 7th and am a Kansas City native and a product of the Kansas City, Missouri Public School System where I graduated from Paseo High School. I was accepted to Grambling State University, where I received my Bachelors of Elementary Education.

I have 27 years of teaching experience within the Kansas City area and abroad. In my teaching career, I have served in several positions such as Instructional Coach, Information Technology Facilitator, Professional Development Chair, and have had the opportunity to teach on the elementary and secondary level.

I attended Park University, where I received my Master of Education in Educational Leadership. I am honored for the privilege to serve as the Vice Principal of The Proud Wendell Phillips Elementary School. I am a lifelong learner and embrace the opportunity to learn new things from the students and staff that I serve. I enjoy traveling and immersing myself in other cultures. My love for travel led me to teach abroad in Dubai. One of my favorite educational quotes is “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” Malcolm X.

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