Canise Salinas-Willich is a School administrator in the greater Kansas City area. Her interest in educating students dates back to her years in high school, when working with peers, assisting them with their studies. Throughout her high school career, she was involved in multiple opportunities that allowed her to build academic and social skills as she was an active member of the School Leadership committee, Drama Club, Music Scholars as well as a graduate of the Inroads Business Program.
When Canise began her undergraduate studies at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, she had the opportunity to be exposed to the full range of educational courses, all of which reinforced and solidified her intense interest in teaching. She had the opportunity to study a number of subjects in the social sciences, which were both enjoyable and enlightening, providing her with a new and different perspective on the world in which we live.
Canise Salinas-Willich began her career by receiving her BA in Education. She taught elementary education with a focus on early literacy, comprehension and fluency. A few years later, she obtained her Masters in Counseling; working successfully as an elementary counselor until receiving her Education Specialist in School Leadership. Canise has held a leadership role for 14 years. Four of the 12 years spent at the high school level, which she states was a tremendous experience, followed by 10 enthusiastic years as an elementary principal. She is currently pursuing her doctorate from William Woods University and teaches Multi-Cultural Education at the University of Kansas (KU) and the University of Saint Mary.
Mrs. Salinas-Willich has developed a special interest in the field of education, school leadership, social justice education and 21 st century technology skills. She has sat on a plethora of boards and committees whose purpose spans from organizational planning to visionary leadership. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Canise plans to continue her research of preparing and retaining teachers in the urban core by providing them the necessary education and technology to be successful.