Meet the Regional Team
Director of Human Resources
KIPP Through College Director
Jana joined KIPP Endeavor Academy as School Leader in 2015. She is a Kansas City native and before joining KIPP founded Academia de Niños, a highly regarded elementary school. Jana also worked as a teacher coach at Alta Vista Charter School and in the Hickman Mills School District. Jana brings a wealth of instructional knowledge to KIPP.
Michael Dayton is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and graduate of Rockhurst University, with a degree in Accounting. Mr. Dayton is in his 8th year at KIPP – where he has served as Director of Finance and Operations, Director of Student Recruitment and Community Engagement, and now serves as Director of Human Resources. Mr. Dayton started his career at Sellers & Company, CPA, was recruited by the Kansas City, Missouri School District’s (KCMSD) - Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and was promoted to Food Service Business Manager. After the KCMSD, Michael went to work for the Community Development Corporation of Kansas City (CDC-KC) as their CFO and Director of Ops. After CDC-KC, Michael went to work for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation working on Minority Entrepreneurship
India is a proud Kansas City, Mo native. Before joining KIPP in 2015, she worked in higher education focusing on enrollment and student support services. India was appointed by Mayor Lucas to join KC Public Library Board of Trustees. She is currently a member of Congressman Cleaver II's Black/Brown Coalition, and the philanthropy group, Sister Circle. India was named one of The Independent's 2020 Rising Stars. She formerly served as an elected official, a DEI co-chair at Big Brothers Big Sisters KC, and a member of the Jackson County Developmental Disability board.
Michael Cobbins Sr. graduated from Westport High School, Kansas City Public School District and attended Missouri Western State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in General Physical Education and a Master's in Education Athletics/Activities Administration. Coach Cobbins has mentored and coached for over thirteen years in the Hickman Mills and Independence School Districts, and currently KIPP:KC as the Athletics Director. His knowledge, education and experience have given him the ability to build out seven sports programs (football, basketball, track, soccer, cheer and dance, volleyball and cross country) over the past four years and formed the Kansas City Metro Conference, an expansion with the Kansas City Public Middle Schools. Coach Cobbins is the current President of the league. He has developed and mentored many students from elementary and middle school to high school and college. He strives to build lifelong learners through discipline, dedication, perseverance and commitment.
Rachel Phelps, LMSW
Director of Support Services
Renee is a Kansas City transplant that graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Unified Early Childhood in 2011. She went on to teach kindergarten at Academia de Ninos until moving to KIPP to teach 5th grade in 2015. In 2016 she gladly went back to teaching Kindergarten to help KIPP open their elementary school while also earning her Masters in Administration from UMKC. In 2018 she moved into an ELL teacher role and earned her TESOL Certification from Missouri Western State University. She now serves as KIPP's ELL Director and is passionate about providing an equal and outstanding education to all families.