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Marlon Edwards, Vice Principal of Wheatley
Mr. Marlon Edwards, Principal was born and raised in KCMO. He is a graduate of Southeast High School in KCPS. After graduation he attended Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, MO, and received a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Science. He also has a Master’s Degree from Webster University and an Ed. Specialist degree in Administration from UMKC. He has taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade and worked as an Instructional Coach for several years. 

Ms. Leala Taylor

My name is Leala Taylor and I am thrilled to be your vice principal at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. I grew up in Kansas City, KS and I am part of a very large family. I am the proud mother of two daughters, and I have one grandson.

I began my career as a general education teacher. I taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. I was a classroom teacher for nine years before moving into administration. I have had the opportunity to have several leadership positions. I have served as Director of Education for both a non-profit day treatment facility and for Sylvan Learning. In addition, I have been an assistant principal and building principal in the Kansas City Kansas school district. Also, I have had the pleasure of working as a consultant for Learning Sciences International. In each of these positions I have had the opportunity to inspire excellence in children, support families, and empower staff to learn and to grow. 

Wheatley is a community working together to achieve academic, social, and emotional growth for our students. I look forward to working together to navigate our students’ journeys positively and successfully.