Congratulations to the December 2017 Employees of the Month


Two outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for December. Congratulations to Ivey Brown, bus driver from Transportation, and Hannah Ferguson, Kindergarten teacher from John F. Kennedy Elementary. The following are excerpts from their nominations:

Ivey Brown

Every October, one of our bus drivers, Ivey Brown, does her best to raise awareness about breast cancer. She spends a lot of her time raising funds for breast cancer research. Ms. Brown uses her own money to get items together for prize giveaways. We have many breast cancer survivors within our fleet, who recognize and are appreciative of what she is doing. You can count on Ms. Ivy going around collecting money from others and speaking at our monthly drivers meeting to provide both men and women information about the importance of getting checked. We think she should be honored for all the years of selfless acts which she displays.”

Hannah Ferguson

“Hannah works hard to meet her students’ needs. She is always looking for ways to build strong relationships with her students. She is very involved in making scales and anchor charts to help her students see how their learning is improving. Hannah spends a lot of time making her classroom inviting and fun for the students. She is always positive with her students and they know how much she cares for them. She is always willing to go the extra mile for students and her teammates. I love her energy and excitement for teaching. Our school is very blessed to have her as one of our kindergarten teachers.”

Congratulations to the November 2017 Employees of the Month


Two outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for November. Congratulations to Lindy Binns, physical education teacher at Mark Twain Elementary and Connie Thao, ESOL data specialist at the Central Office and Training Center. The following are excerpts from their nominations:

Lindy Binns

“Ms. Binns did a remarkable job on Tuesday, October 17 when a kindergarten student collapsed to the floor. The student was unconscious and not breathing. Thanks to Ms. Binns’ quick reactions to not only get to the scene promptly but also start CPR immediately, she was able to get the student to the point where he was making some gasping breaths. Ms. Binns kept the oxygen flowing in the little boy’s body until the paramedics arrived and took over. We applaud Ms. Binns for her quick reactions and are happy to share that the child is making progress. Thank you Ms. Binns for saving this boy’s life.”

Connie Thao

“Connie is one of the most dedicated people with whom I have had the pleasure of working. She works hard to ensure her department and co-workers have the information and resources they need. Connie always responds to queries and handles last-minute requests with aplomb. Every year she works tirelessly to ensure our student ESL count is correct for our annual September 20 count. She assists with translating district information for our Hmong speaking families and students. Connie is dedicated to providing the best service to our students and families, as well as her co-workers. I have known her to always be kind, warm and professional with everyone she meets.”

Congratulations to the September 2017 Employees of the Month


Two outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for September. Congratulations to Ricky Minor, head custodian at Stony Point South Elementary and Janese Brown, school nurse at Quindaro Elementary. The following are excerpts from their nominations:

Ricky Minor

“Mr. Minor is a valuable asset to our school. He demonstrates a positive demeanor each and every day. He arrives early every morning and does his rounds to make sure our school is safe, clean and ready to receive the staff and students. He greets everyone with a smile and warm welcome. There is never a job too big for Mr. Minor. He makes sure every task that is asked of him is finished on time and is done well. He has been a one-man show since we lost our night custodian at the semester break last year. It amazes all of us how tirelessly he works to do the job of two people day-after-day and keep our building in such good shape. Thank you, Mr. Minor, for all you do for us at Stony Point South.”


Janese Brown

“Nurse Brown takes excellent care of our students and staff, ensuring that every person who walks into her office leaves feeling nurtured, important and well cared for. She goes to great lengths to educate parents, caregivers and staff members about the needs of their students and brings in many resources to help families receive appropriate healthcare. Thanks to Nurse Brown we have an eye doctor who provides vision screenings and glasses to students, free of charge. Additionally, we have a dental program that comes right to our school. Nurse Brown also provides extra hygiene supplies like deodorant, lotion, underwear, socks, snacks and more, that she buys out of the goodness of her heart. Janese Brown is the ultimate team player. She builds effective relationships with students, families and staff. She identifies where help is needed and jumps right in without any complaints. She is a helper, an advocate, a friend, a trusted adult with a heart of gold and is, without a doubt, one of the greatest assets to not only Quindaro Elementary, but to KCKPS as a whole.”

Congratulations to the October 2017 Employees of the Month


Two outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for October. Congratulations to Joe Walker, cafeteria manager at Rosedale Middle and Julie Fletcher, teacher at Earl Watson, Jr. Early Childhood Center. The following are excerpts from their nominations:

Joe Walker

“He really cares about the students and teachers at our school. He has developed some new items for lunch and since he started running our cafeteria, there have been no complaints about the food. We love the food and the way he runs the cafeteria. There is always laughter among his staff and the kids and teachers are treated well. He has created a very nice working and eating environment for all. I appreciate that he cares about all of us and makes amazing chili and chicken noodle soup.”

Julie Fletcher

“Julie is such a tremendous worker. She is always going the extra mile by making sure the kids have what they need at school and at home. She makes wreaths for our classroom doors, decorating the inside and outside of the school to make it welcoming and home like. She leads our box top collections and has led the United Way campaign for several years. Julie is focused on our school as a whole and not just her classroom. She is all about teamwork and success. I tell her often that we wish we had 100 Julies. She is such a special teacher and person.”