Dr. Evelyn Hill
Shaping the world through the gift of oration.
Dr. Evelyn Hill has served on the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education from July of 2009 through January of 2018. During her tenure on the Board of Education, she was the President from July 2014 through July 2017. She values education and believes every child has the right to receive a quality education. She embraces the fact that we are lifetime learners.
Dr. Hill believes we need to prepare this generation of students for the global workforce, which is very different from the workforce of yesterday. This new generation of learners must be prepared to excel in the technical fields of the new laptop, smartphone and iPad learning tools and beyond. Technology is changing rapidly, therefore, education strategies of academic success must change rapidly. Technology should not eliminate the soft skills that include positive people skills of verbal conversations.
Dr. Hill is currently Director of Community Engagement at Avenue of Life a community development organization whose focus is on empowering poor families to become financially self- sufficient. Dr. Hill has worked strategically with Avenue of Life, KCK School District, and other agencies in the Kansas Community Leadership Enterprise (KCLE) collaborative to decrease the number of homeless kids in the school district. The original number of 1400 homeless kids has been decreased by over 50%.
Dr. Hill enjoys public speaking, group training and facilitating. She has spoken to crowds that have included up to and beyond 2500 listeners at high school graduations and KCK public school employee convocations. She has also spoken at churches, corporations, non-profit organizations, universities both locally and beyond. She has pastored two churches. She is often called upon to serve families who are un-churched and have no money for funerals, counseling, etc. She has the heart to serve. Dr. Hill is very passionate about empowering women and children through education.
Dr. Hill has served in many volunteer positions over the years including but not limited to: the Mayor’s Diversity Council, KCK Chamber of Commerce board of directors, consultant to the Mayor of Richmond Virginia for Youth Involvement in City Administration, Leadership 2000, Keeler’s Women’s Center, Joyce Williams Center (Domestic Violence Shelter), Wyandotte County United Way, The Unified Government of Wyandotte County, The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, the Mayor’s Clergy Roundtable, Caring for Kids and The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Youth Homeless.