KCPS appointed Ms. Julie Lynch, an educator with 18 years of experience, as the Hale Cook Principal in May 2014. Ms. Lynch has taught various grade levels in a variety of school settings. In Oklahoma, she was the principal of a K-3 grade school with 400 students. Since relocating to Kansas, she taught in the Blue Valley District for five years and was the Vice Principal at Wheatley Elementary and Paige Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools for two years. Ms. Lynch believes that “when parents, schools, and communities become collaborative partners that children will learn and thrive” and she is excited to be part of the Hale Cook project.