KCK Board of Education Honors March Employees of the Month


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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored the following people as Employees of the Month at their meeting on March 10, 2015: (individual photo, Mr. Nestor Rodriguez, ESL Para at Caruthers Elementary; and second individual photo, Ms. Melissa Isabell, Substitute Teacher (long term), at John Fiske Elementary School)


That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Nestor Rodriguez, ESL Para at Caruthers Elementary School, and Melissa Isabell, Substitute Teacher (long term), at John Fiske Elementary School, as the Employees of the Month for March 2015, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.


“Mr. Nestor Rodriguez supports our ESL students in both the classroom and throughout the school day.  He is also available to step out on a moment’s notice when unexpected situations arise, in reassuring and supporting students and families as needed.  He is a valuable and talented artist, providing our hallways and bulletin boards with 3-D art work that both intrigues and excites students and adults alike.  We all look forward to watching our hallways come alive as he creates his magic.  Nestor contributes to our building in many ways and I am proud to nominate him for employee of the month!” 

Windy Garrett, School Nurse, Caruthers Elementary School

 “Melissa Isabell was recommended to me when I was looking for someone to take over my classroom when I was going to be gone on maternity leave. I was nervous about entrusting the learning of my students to another person for two whole months, but I was so impressed when I met her!  Any worries I had were immediately put to rest.  She had great ideas and jumped right in…..so needless to say, my entire maternity leave was free from worry or concern about the care and learning of my students.  I even stopped by to visit one day, and was so impressed with all the students and what they had been learning.  Melissa not only made my maternity leave relaxing and easy, but also my transition to return to work.  She is the epitome of what a substitute teacher should be-reliable, knowledge, and dedicated.  I feel so blessed to have had her with my students in my absence.” 

Megan Mejia, Teacher at John Fiske Elementary School