John Lawrence, MS Ed, Principal

Staff Portrait Crops 1 TeachersTo John, Shelterwood’s family retreats fuel his passion for his work. “During these times, I see the impact that we make as a team on these families. We get to see families come back together,” he says.

John received his Bachelor of Arts in Administration from California State University and his Master’s in Education from Walden University, with a focus on integrating technology into the classroom. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education, having taught in both public and private school settings.  John also has a real passion for the teachers of Shelterwood and spends a great deal of time caring for and building this dynamic team.

Getting “sent to the principal’s office” takes on new meaning at Shelterwood: John welcomes students to his office frequently, for academic mentoring and more. As Principal, John manages the teaching staff, oversees curriculum development and manages classroom technology. He’s proud of Shelterwood’s accreditation through AdvanceEd, and John is also certified to serve as a lead evaluator for AdvancEd to assist in accrediting schools in and around Kansas City.

John isn’t the only Shelterwood team member in his family: his wife, Jane, works in the school office as Executive Assistant to the President. Outside Shelterwood, John enjoys spending time with Jane and their two daughters. An avid sports fan, John especially enjoys cheering on Kansas City’s soccer team, Sporting KC.

Email: jlawrence@shelterwood.org
Phone: 866-585-8939


Jane Lawrence
Kyle Anderson
Performing Arts Coordinator
Chad Smith , BBL, ELA certified ABCTE
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Chad Smith , BBL, ELA certified ABCTE // Academic Dean & Director of the Transitions Program

After earning his degree in Literature from Ozark Christian College, Chad Smith worked with teens and college students in both Missouri and Georgia for more than 10 years, and went on to pursue certification in high school education. In addition to teaching English, Chad also serves as Shelterwood’s Academic Dean, providing resources and teacher training and working alongside students with special accommodation needs. A Kansas City native, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Andrew Burden , B.S.
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Andrew Burden , B.S. // Social Studies Teacher

Andrew earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Kansas State University and holds a Missouri teaching certificate in many fields, with a specialty in social studies. With this background, Andrew Burden strives to bridge Shelterwood’s classroom and therapeutic environments in his teaching. Outside the classroom, he loves running marathons.

Jennifer Hamilton
Science Teacher
Chad Lograsso
Math Teacher
Samuel Cummins
Individual Studies Bio

Samuel Cummins // Individual Studies

Sam Cummins attended Truman State University, where he earned a B.A. in History and Master of Arts in Education. He built on this experience teaching history and government at high schools in Illinois and Missouri. His background also includes program development, creating opportunities for students needing extra help after school and those struggling with the English language. At Shelterwood, Sam focuses on creating rich online and classroom learning experiences for students, as well as building relationships and learning alongside each one.

Marilyn Aikins
Special Education/Art