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Every member of our team shares a vision for the heart, character and educational achievement of Shelterwood students.

We have a dynamic team of professionals. This team lays the firm foundation for us to partner with teens and their families on the path to healing. Shelterwood teens are surrounded by remarkable young adult role models at all times in every setting, offering a community driven approach to treatment. Professionals with top credentials lead our counseling, therapeutic and educational efforts. Caring adults also interact regularly with our students, pursue relationships, counsel and encourage . . . no matter what.

 

Principal

John Lawrence, M.S. Ed.

Photo of John Lawrence. To 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 is proud of Shelterwood’s accreditation through Cognia, and John is also certified to serve as a lead evaluator for Cognia 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 the registrar. Outside of 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

Meet Our Teachers

Photo of Renee Bartlett.

Renee Bartlett

History Teacher

Renee Bartlett
Photo of Jon Jeans

Jon Jeans

English Teacher

Jon Jeans
Photo of John Lawrence.

John Lawrence

Executive Director of Education

John Lawrence
photo of Sophia Payne

Sophia Payne

Performing Arts Teacher

Sophia Payne
Photo of Christopher Short

Chris Short

Science Teacher

Chris Short
Photo of Jaci Spencer.

Jaci Sung

Independent Studies Teacher

Jaci Sung
Photo of Joseph Svoboda.

Joe Svoboda

Math Teacher

Joe Svoboda
photo of Karalee White

Karalee White

Registrar

Karalee White
Photo of Kelly Wilson.

Kelly Wilson

Dean of Student Services/Assistant Principal

Kelly Wilson

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