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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?


Shanelle Smith - Associated Principal of AC Prep Upper

Shanelle Smith

Associate Principal - African-Centered College Preparatory Academy

Shanelle Smith is a Kansas City native and alumnus of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. After attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, she returned to Kansas City to work as an educator. Mrs. Smith has served as an English teacher, Instructional Coordinator, adjunct professor, and administrator. In her 16th year of education, she is now the Associate Principal of AC Prep Upper at Southeast High. 

Southeast High School