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KCK Board of Education Honors January 2016 Employees of the Month

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four employees as Employees of the Month at their meeting on January 12, 2016.  Employees are pictured (from left) Andrea Richardson, school psychologist at Earl Watson, Jr. Early Childhood Center; Rosa Chavez and Frida Torres, ESL aides at Morse Early Childhood Center; and Erika Salazar, bilingual special education para educator at Morse Early Childhood Center.

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RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Rosa Chavez & Erika Salazar, ESL aides, and Frida Torres, bilingual special education para, all from Morse Early Childhood Center; and, Andrea Richardson, school psychologist at Earl Watson, Jr. Early Childhood Center, as the Employees of the Month for January, 2016, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

 “Rosa, Erika & Frida are excellent examples of ‘5 Star Service’! They have taught us so much. Truth be told, we would not be able to do our jobs without these ladies! Whether it be calling and scheduling home visits for our Head Start Family Service Workers, calling a parent for the nurse when a child is sick, assisting our speech and language pathologists, school psychologist or social worker during evaluations, or translating during an IEP meeting….no matter what we ask them to do, they are always efficient, professional and compassionate.  They do an outstanding job of making our parents feel comfortable during home visits.  They are one of the greatest assets to the Morse Community. There is nothing they won’t do to help staff and families without them much of what we have to communicate that is essential to our students’ success would be lost. Thank you for honoring them tonight as employees of the month. ”

Sincerely, 
Debi Apple, Principal; Cassie Woiderski, Nurse; Tory Anderson, Family Service Worker; Amanda Newell, Behavior Interventionist; Fu Her, Family Service Worker; Meghan Curtis, Family Service Worker; Crishana Swinton, Family Service Worker; and Kendra Flores, Teacher Leader.

“Andrea Richardson is the Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center Psychologist by name; but in reality she is SO much more.  As a new employee last year, I couldn’t have asked for a better school to start at or better co-workers.  Andrea was right there to ‘show me the ropes’.  She was energetic, professional, completely prepared for anything that came our way.  Andrea truly knows what it means to be a team player….she goes above and beyond the call of duty!   With a constant smile on her face it seems that nothing can keep her from being a bright light to all of the children, families and staff that come through our door.  She plays a crucial role in early intervention and identification in preschoolers becoming kindergarten ready.  As Dr. Evelyn Hill says – what charges her is kids graduating high school – what charges Andrea is watching a child break every stereo type with the help of early intervention and enter kindergarten READY! She is an invaluable mentor in my life and irreplaceable employee.  I’m excited to see the impact that Andrea will continue to make in our district for years to come.” 

Sincerely,
Drea Carr, Family Service Worker, Earl Watson, Jr. Early Childhood Center