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John Lawrence, MS Ed, Principal

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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. 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

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Connie Ludwig // School Support Staff

Connie Ludwig attended Truman University (formerly known as Northeast Missouri State University), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication. She spent the next six years working in the communications field with Corning and Mobile Oil through Upchurch & Associates and Sprint. She took some time off to have children and raise her two girls who are now both in college. In 2002 she started teaching preschool and substitute teaching in the Blue Springs School District. In February 2017 she joined Shelterwood, where she supports both the students and teaching staff.

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John Lawrence , M.S. Ed. // Principal

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 — it’s really a time to see the fruits of our labor,” he says.

John Lawrence 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.

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.

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Kyle Anderson
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Kyle Anderson // Performing Arts Coordinator

Sam Cummins attended Truman State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in education. He built on this experience by 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 helping those struggling with the English language. At Shelterwood, Sam focuses on creating rich online and classroom learning experiences, as well as building relationships and learning alongside each student.