Duane Graber is an elementary counselor at Briarcliff Elementary School, a professional learning community in the North Kansas City School District in Kansas City, Missouri. He serves on the leadership team and provides training for the Briarcliff staff. Duane also teaches a PLC class for leaders in the district. He has 37 years of experience in education. Duane is a former resource specialist for the Missouri State Department of Education and has taught elementary music and kindergarten and served as an elementary school counselor and assistant principal.
Several of the schools Duane has worked with received Missouri’s Most Improved Schools Award, and districts receiving Duane’s assistance have earned the Distinction in Performance Award. In three of these districts, the majority of schools operate as PLCs.
Duane is a member of the American Counseling Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Association for Play Therapy, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A licensed professional counselor in the state of Kansas, he is also a national certified counselor. Duane has been a trainer for the Early Prevention of School Failure Program and is an adjunct faculty member at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.
Duane received an undergraduate degree in music education from Bethel College in Kansas. He earned a master’s degree in school counseling and an education specialist degree in school administration from Wichita State University. Duane is also a registered play therapist and traveled to Sri Lanka to offer training in this skill.