Every school teaches. Independent inspires community, excellence, and opportunity.
We believe you’ll be impressed by our community and commitment to education. Arrange a personal tour!
Our commitment to academic success and individual excellence prepares students for success in their future learning endeavors.
With a no-cut policy, we inspire students to explore their interests and participate in a team sport.
We encourage students to get involved to support their personal growth and enrich their school experience.
Part of what makes The Independent School strong is the energy, creativity, and involvement of our parents.
Every gift makes a difference at The Independent School. Your support helps our students achieve their aspirations.
Throughout my time working with children and families within the child welfare system, I noticed a few key components that every child seemed to need: encouragement, compassion and the feeling of being heard. Those components, along with support learning emotion regulation, conflict management and growing relationships is what I strive to bring to The Independent School. The Independent School already has such a supportive culture, it is a joy and pleasure to come to work each day!
B.S. in Psychology; M.S. in Family Therapy
I love the Independent School because it is a place where the individual is valued. Students are recognized for their unique strengths and encouraged to challenge themselves everyday. As a kindergarten teacher I love that this is a place where play and creativity are respected as an integral part of learning.
I attended Mills College in Oakland, California, where I obtained a B.A. in Child Development. I am currently working towards my Masters in Early Childhood Education at Wichita State University. I began teaching at Independent in January 2015 as a pre-k teacher and moved to kindergarten in 2017. Before moving to Kansas I taught pre-k in Newburyport, Massachusetts. I have also worked in special education as a paraprofessional at multiple grade levels.
I have always wanted to work with children and families. After being in the classroom for several years, I decided I wanted to have the capacity to help students and families on a deeper level. I worked as a private therapist for almost 17 years. Since 2010, I have loved working with families and students at The Independent School. We are an amazing family, and I am humbled to be a part of it.
B.S. from Wichita State University (1996); M.Ed. in Counseling (2000); Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) — Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (certified since 2000)
The Band program at The Independent School is in the midst of building a state-wide reputation for excellence, with recognized successes at the League (CPL) and State (KSHSAA) levels for the past several years. I believe (passionately!) that by providing students an opportunity to experience excellence through performance, they come to recognize and cherish that excellence and seek it out later in life.
B.M. in Trombone Performance, B.M.E in Music Education from Wichita State University; professional performance experience with LOTUS & The Delano Jazz Orchestra (local) and The Funk Bros & The Temptations/The Four Tops (regional & national)
US Band, MS Band, 6th Band, 5th Band, MS Guitar, Athletic Band
The Independent School is special to me because of the family feel. The teachers and students celebrate everyone's talents and help build up everyone's weaknesses from Pre-K through 12th grade. The standards are set high, but the teachers lovingly help each child become the best they can be. What a great place to teach and a great place for my children to attend.
I attended FHSU and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. I have coached high school girls basketball, high school cross country, high school track and high school cheerleading. Also, I have taught Title One Reading, a K-8 Skills Lab, first grade and Kindergarten for a total of 25 years. I was on the Site Council for many years.
Learning Chinese at The Independent School will better prepare our students for their future career success in a globalized world that is diverse and multilingual. I am pleased to help you approach the Mandarin Chinese. Working with children is my passion and my joy. I look forward to inspiring the young minds, learning Chinese language and exploring Chinese culture with them.
Experience & Education
B.E. degree and M.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from Dalian University of Technology
Lead teacher at Wichita Chinese School since 2015
Certified Consultant for Environmental Impact Assessment of China
I’m passionate about teaching students how to use technology, because it has become such an important part of our daily lives. In the computer lab, students not only learn word processing, graphing, and presentation skills, they also are encouraged to explore green screen technology, stop motion videos, coding, and many other activities! Independent has some of the most creative students that you can find, and it is always fun to see them create their very own videos and projects with the skills they have learned!
B.A. in Spanish, Master’s in Spanish Literature from Wichita State University; Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Newman University
Girls On The Run Coach, Lower School Yearbook Adviser, Lower School Panther DIN, Summer School Teacher
Ms. Hallstrom received her bachelor's degree in Social Work in Minnesota, where she found her passion for teaching. She earned her master's degree in Elementary Education in Washington, D.C. where she taught 3rd and 4th grade, as well as in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has returned home to Wichita, and we are thrilled for her to bring her love of children and expertise to TIS.
I'm passionate about working with students who find reading difficult, because I can relate to their struggles. My son has a learning difference, and we have discovered a way of turning it into a blessing and a strength. Although it wasn't easy, he is a better person for persevering through it. I love to give students hope and show them a different way to learn to read, and together we can overcome this reading endeavor and build confidence along the way.
Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) since 2013
10 years of experience in teaching Alphabet Phonics
Bachelor's in Elementary Educaton
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Kansas State University
I love walking into The Independent School every single day. The children are so curious and excited to learn, the parents are very supportive, and the staff has become a second family. I love being able to find new and interesting ways to teach, such as using flexible seating and technology. My classroom is very much a home, and the children in my class are part of my family. On a personal note, I LOVE chickens!
B.S. in Education from Wichita State University; 25 years teaching 2nd grade
Maker's Club, Girls on the Run Coach
I am beginning my 14th year of teaching. I believe the classroom environment should be like a home away from home full of love, compassion, kindness and, of course, learning!
Bachelor of Arts in Education from Wichita State University
I LOVE teaching at Independent! I get to spend my days being creative and inspiring my students to do the same. Through studies of art movements, specific artists, cultural art, geography, history, etc., we learn about different people and their art. We use this information to inspire our own projects. My goal is to allow students to express themselves (their interests and personalities) in their artwork. My job is to teach them the techniques/skills and help them problem solve how to incorporate their ideas into the artwork.
B.A. in Art Education (K-12) from The University of Georgia; 10 years of teaching
Girls Swim Coach, Summer Sewing Classes
I cannot remember a time that I didn't want to teach. My passion started when I was in first grade and was able to help the hearing impaired children in my school. I had two memorable elementary teachers that have inspired me to be the teacher I am. They taught with lots of enthusiasm and hands-on learning that wasn't the norm for the day. So from them, I create a class of hands-on learning fun. Loving what I teach helps my students love it, too.
Teaching for 15+ years; B.S. in Education and M.S. in Reading from ISU
Golden Apple Award 2017, Best New Teacher to Derby School District in 1997
Mrs. Lob is a homegrown Independent alum. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2014 with her B.S. in Elementary Education. She and her husband Bryce, also a TIS alum, have lived in Colorado and Texas where she taught in various educational settings. Most recently, she comes to us as a lead teacher from our Early Learning Center. She has been such an asset to the ELC and possesses a beautiful passion for teaching. We are pleased to welcome her to our Lower School family.
Helen Keller captured the concept of teamwork so well when she stated, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” This quote is applicable to teaching at The Independent School. Teamwork is woven throughout the community of our school from parents to students to staff. Teaching Pre-K allows me to guide early childhood students when developing the foundation for teamwork. This skill is essential to success in life, and I am grateful to be on this educational journey with the Pre-K parents and students.
B.A. in Elementary Education; M.S. Ed. in Organizational Leadership
As an independent school, we have the freedom to customize a unique curriculum that engages students in inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Students frequently engage in hands-on projects, working collaboratively with other students to test theories and find relevant connections between their studies and the world around them.