Yolanda Cargile

Superintendent

Where were you born and raised?
Kansas City, MO.

What is your occupation?
Superintendent.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory involves evening family time when my family and I watched t.v. together and talked about our day.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a symbolism of the many contributions of African Americans that have helped to make this world a better place. The contributions of black people continue to increase efficiency and streamline the ways things are done. I have a great sense of pride knowing that people of color are recognized for their phenomenal work.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
The most important issue currently facing the Black community is the lack of regard for black lives. The inequities we face as a race are discouraging. We have to continue to advocate for the Black community in an effort to end racism.

When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
Moving to a predominantly white area in Kansas City and being warned by my parents about the police. It has meant that I must be overly careful in this world in an effort to ensure my safety. It meant that I may not always be treated fair and equal because of the color of my skin.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
My biggest inspiration to push for change is because of my late mother's belief that this world could be a better place, where black people are seen as equal and respected for who we are. My desire to make this world a better place for those coming after me is also my inspiration to push for change. As an educator and a black female leader, I see it as my duty to work at creating the optimal learning experiences for children. I work at doing that by providing racial equity training for staff so they are prepared to show up for all children in the most impactful manner possible.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
I support the Black community by putting my all into educating children and working with staff to ensure students receive a high quality education, so they are prepared to be contributing members within the community. It is very important to me that our students exit the system with the tools needed to be successful. I support the black community by serving as a role model for our youth and connecting them with influential black professionals in the Kansas City area. I wholeheartedly believe, you can not become what you can not see. As a leader in the school system, I work hard to create opportunities for our youth to meet and learn from positive black role models in the area.

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