Digital Learning Task Force

The Shawnee Mission Digital Learning Task Force serves as a district advisory group, assigned to review and develop recommendations to the Superintendent regarding digital learning in our schools.  

More than 350 submissions were received from volunteers interested in serving on the task force.  Of those, 30 individuals were selected to represent the SMSD community. Task force members include parents, students, educators, community members, business and higher education professionals, along with individuals with expertise in child development.  

Initially, the task force will meet monthly through the spring of 2019. Task Force updates will be shared with the community on the Shawnee Mission School District website on this page. 

Shawnee Mission Digital Learning Task Force

East Area

Erica Frans (Parent)
Rusty Powlas (Parent, Higher Education)
Jennie Reck (Educator)
Tara Mahoney (Administrator)
Student Representative

North Area
Gretchen Shanahan (Parent)
Kelly Ingram (Parent)
Carlos Molina (Parent, Industry)
Michelle Brown (Educator)
Jeremy Higgins (Administrator)
Student Representative 

Northwest Area
Craig Borgman (Parent)
Brett Cooper (Parent, Higher Education)
Laura Stoafer (Parent, Educator)
Kasey Weishaar (Administrator)
Student Representative 

South Area
Dr. Keith Coffman (Parent, Expert)
Luke Schnoebelen (Parent, Industry)
Dawn Donegan (Educator)
Nicholas Platko (Administrator)
Student Representative 

West Area
Wendy Johnston (Parent, Educator)
Bev Turner (Parent, Expert)
Elizabeth Ault (Parent, Educator)
Britt Pumphrey (Parent, Administrator)
Student Representative 

District
Barb Sullivan (Special Education SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist)
Krista Carson  (Parent, Educator, Elementary Instructional Coach)
Jake Bauer (Educator, middle school Instructional Coach)
Kate Miner (Parent, Educator, high school Instructional Coach)

Co-Chairs
Drew Lane, Executive Director of Information and Communication Technology (Parent)
Dr. Christy Ziegler, Assistant Superintendent of Personalized Learning/Interim Director of Special Education (Parent)