Northland CAPS names executive director

Brett Kisker

KANSAS CITY NORTH — The Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies Board of Directors hired Brett Kisker as the new executive director. He will fill the vacancy left by Sandy Henshaw’s resignation earlier this year and will begin his new leadership role on July 1, according to a press release.

Northland CAPS provides high school students in the Northland with a professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through full immersion in high-demand and high-skill career paths.

Kisker comes to the program with years of experience as a Project Lead the Way teacher and coach in the Liberty Public Schools district. His award-winning career as an educator includes the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Beginning Teacher Award in 2005-2006, Liberty Public Schools Teacher of the Year in the 2015-16 school year and Project Lead the Way National Engineering Teacher of the Year for the 2018-19 year.

Kisker earned both his bachelor’s degree in physics education and master’s degree in instructional technology at Northwest Missouri State University. He achieved a specialist’s degree in school administration from Arkansas State University.

Kisker has a passion for igniting the lifelong learner in all students by exposing them to potential careers, connections with mentors in STEM professions and hands-on projects that help develop 21st century skills.

“I want students to be aware of the opportunities that await them after finishing school and to let them know that they don’t have to change who they are to pursue a rewarding career,” he said.