Jeff Perkins – Class of ’09

UA Class of 2009
College: University of Missouri (2009 -2013)
Degree: B.A. in English
Advanced Degree: MEd Higher Education/Higher Education Administration (2016-2018)

My name is Jeff Perkins and I graduated from University Academy in May 2009. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia (GO MIZZOU!) where I graduated in December 2013 with my Bachelor of Arts in English and Minor in Sociology. When I think about my education, attending University Academy provided me with a foundation that not only prepared me for college, but also for adulthood. UA supported me to pursue educational excellence and success, and to give back to my community.

After I graduated from Mizzou, I went back to Kansas City to work as a college adviser for the Missouri College Advising Corps at Southeast High School for two years. I really enjoyed helping my students with college and career planning, supporting them with finding scholarships, and teaching the importance of investing in their future. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have great mentors while in high school at UA; teachers like Mrs. Miller (or Ms. Mahoney as I knew her at the time!), Ms. Irby, Mr. Veal, and Mr. Burdette––just to name a few.

They not only pushed me in the classroom, but they supported me to continue my education. Attending University Academy showed me how great teachers can have a powerful impact on your life.

UA has led me to see education as a lifelong journey that doesn’t stop even when you get your bachelor degree! I’m currently back at Mizzou pursuing my Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis because I believe in higher education and its transformative abilities for students. I want to make education more accessible and inclusive, especially for marginalized communities. Just like University Academy invested in me and my education, I am doing the same for the students I serve!

Update: Since submitting his Spotlight, Jeff has completed his masters and is currently serving as Intercultural Specialist at The Ohio State University.