New President Brings Experience and Commitment
Posted on 05/18/2022
Claudia Meyer, President

Cristo Rey Kansas City announces that Claudia Meyer will become the school’s fourth President, beginning in June 2022. The decision to engage Meyer, made after a nationwide search, bears the approval of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and Cristo Rey’s Board of Trustees. 

“I am excited to welcome Claudia to Cristo Rey as its next President,” said Ivan Nugent, Chairman of the Board Search Committee.Her intellect, enthusiasm and commitment to education and opportunity are a perfect match with Cristo Rey’s mission to provide a rigorous, college preparatory education to students from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The board looks forward to partnering with Claudia, and she has our full support.” 

Meyer brings broad experience to Cristo Rey, having served as Lead School Principal for the Guadalupe Centers Charter Schools and with the Blue Springs School District as a classroom teacher and school counselor. In addition to 24 years of educational experience, Meyer also is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from William Woods University. She has attained a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Missouri, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University and an Educational Specialist in School Leadership from William Woods University.

"I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Cristo Rey's next president," said Meyer. "I am inspired to bring my professional experience in the classroom and in administration to this mission, which not only promises college readiness but also builds career readiness through the Corporate Work Study Program. Cristo Rey's talented faculty and staff will be a tremendous asset as we continue to shape future leaders for our community," she said.

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About Cristo Rey Kansas City

Cristo Rey is a Catholic college preparatory high school and a member of the Cristo Rey Network. The school offers students from supportive families with limited resources college-prep academics, corporate work experience, and faith formation to prepare them to graduate from college and become professionals that will lead lives of purpose and meaning. Additional information about Cristo Rey may be found at www.cristoreykc.org

About the Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network of 38 high schools delivers a career focused, college preparatory education in the Catholic tradition to more than 12,000 students with limited economic resources, uniquely integrating rigorous academic curricula with four years of professional work experience and support to and through college. Member schools unite educators, businesses and communities to enable students to fulfill aspirations for a lifetime of success. Graduates of Cristo Rey schools are three times as likely to complete a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to similar peers.
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School Profile

  • Nature of the school: co-educational, Catholic, college prep high school
  • Year of inception: 2006
  • Current enrollment: 260 students
  • Religious composition: 60% Catholic, 36% Christian, 4% Other
  • Racial and ethnic composition: 67% Hispanic, 27% African American, 6% Other
  • Number of teaching faculty: 24
  • Profile of Class of 2022:
    • Total graduates: 54
    • 100% acceptance to college
    • 98% acceptance to four-year colleges and universities