Administrative Interns

Administrative Interns
support schools

The Ray-Pec School District has two administrative interns - Andrea Calkins at Creekmoor Elementary School and Melissa Lucas at Raymore Elementary School.

Calkins was a classroom teacher in the District for six years and a Teacher Associate for one year. She holds a master’s degree in School Administration from William Woods University. She lives in Lee’s Summit.
Andrea Calkins web
Melissa Lucas web
Lucas was the Summer School principal in 2015 at Peculiar Elementary School. Prior to that, she taught elementary school for 14 years, including nine in the Ray-Pec District. She also was a speech pathology assistant for four years. Lucas earned her education specialist degree in School Leadership from William Woods University. She and her family live in Lee’s Summit.

Administrative Interns are certified teachers who have completed additional education and certification in school administration. The Administrative Intern position allows them to work as an administrator (similar to an assistant principal) to support the school, while under the mentorship of the principal. 
This provides individuals with school leadership certification the opportunity to gain additional experience, which is helpful as they pursue the future career goal of becoming a principal. 

Administrative Interns participate in all aspects of administrative work, including daily school operations, working with staff, parents and students, and other responsibilities including building management, scheduling, budgeting, hiring, and evaluation of employees.  

Implementing the Administrative Intern program has given the District a valuable opportunity “grow our own” leaders by developing and promoting quality administrators from within.

Jennika Miller became principal of Raymore Elementary School after serving for two years as the Administrative Intern at Raymore Elementary School and the Ray-Pec Early Childhood Center.