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Show Me KC Schools School Navigators provide one-on-one support to parents and caretakers searching for schools in Kansas City. Our Navigators respond to requests for individual school navigation and can support you with an in-person person meeting or via the telephone or video conference, if you prefer. Let us know how we can help you find the right fit school for your child.

Meet Our School Navigators

  • Diane Charity, K-12 Neighborhood Specialist

    Contact Diane
    (816) 656-6335
    By email (click here)

    Diane Charity is a 30+ year Community Activist / Organizer in Kansas City, MO. Her career background includes secondary school instructor, advisor and community liaison. Ms. Charity has served as Neighborhood Mobilizer Supervisor, Team Leader for KCMO’s City Planning’s Neighborhood Strategic Planning Initiative (FOCUS), Mental Health First Aid instructor; Life Skills, Effective Parenting, Child Abuse Protection workshop facilitator. Diane’s passion is to build stronger relationships where civic participation drives community equity. She serves as Board Chair for Kansas City Public Television’s Community Advisory Board, founding and current member of Crossroads Charter Schools, past and current President of several (Urban Core) Neighborhood Associations.

  • Danielle Dispenza, K-12 Special Education Specialist

    Contact Danielle
    (816) 490-1922
    By email (click here)

    Danielle Dispenza is a Kansas City area native who has lived in KCMO for over 10 years with her husband. Prior to staying home to raise their two children, Danielle received her Child Development Associate Certificate through the Family Conservancy and worked for 12 years in early childhood and elementary special education. During her time as a paraprofessional in two local school districts Danielle worked one on one with students with special needs to provide them the best and most inclusive educational experience. Danielle spent 8 years providing home health care services for families of children with developmental and medical disabilities. An avid volunteer, Danielle is a mentor with Kansas City Public Schools District and a weekly reading buddy as well as a teacher helper at her children’s school. When not working or volunteering Danielle and her family enjoy hiking and camping especially within the National Parks.

  • Edgar Palacios, K-12 Spanish Bilingual Specialist

    Contact Edgar
    (816) 550-1443
    By email (click here)

    Edgar Palacios has worked with and consulted for a number of non-profit organizations in Kansas City that focus on education and community-building. In addition to his work as a Bilingual Navigator at Show Me KC Schools, he is currently launching the Latinx Education Collaborative in an effort to connect Latinos who are working in the field of education. Edgar has participated in leadership development programs and fellowships in Kansas City and serves on several non-profit boards. He holds an MBA from Rockhurst University and a bachelor of music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.