KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month - February 2017

The Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Officer Mario Bartee from the Head Start Locations, & Earl Watson Jr., Early Childhood Center, Officer Orlando Singleton from Central Office and Training Center and KCK Early Childhood Center, Officer Kenneth Blount from N.W. Middle, New Chelsea & Parker Elementary and Shannon Martin from Sumner Academy of Arts and Science  as the Employees of the Month for February 2017, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hill, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

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Officer Mario Bartee
Officer at Head Start Schools & Earl Watson Jr., ECC

Officer Kenneth Blount
Officer at N.W. Middle, New Chelsea & Parker Elementary

Officer Orlando Singleton
Officer at Central Office & Training Center & KCK ECC

I want to express my gratitude for the support given by three of our officers in early December at a bus accident.  Officer Mario Bartee, Officer Orlando Singleton and Officer Kenneth Blount, all three assisted in many ways making sure the students were calm and cared for.  They communicated information to the parents that arrived that everyone was okay.  When the replacement bus arrived, Officer Singleton & Officer Bartee helped with navigating the bus through traffic and everyone helped with directing the students to the replacement bus. I want to give a huge thank you to Officer Singleton for volunteering to transport the bus driver to the Health Clinic to be seen for his injuries.  Officer Blount stayed with me the entire time until the entire accident scene was cleared.  Please pass on my appreciation to your outstanding staff for the support given at this accident…and always.  They all have my vote!” 
Thank you,
Miguel Martin, Director of Transportation 

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Shannon Martin
Teacher at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science

“Teaching requires great dedication and determination.  Ms. Shannon Martin is in her first year of teaching and I have been thrilled to see her dedication to the success of each student in her classroom.  Not only has Ms. Martin brought great energy to our department and a willingness to work in a highly functioning collaborative team, but she has also taken on a major role in our building as the Sumner Cheerleading coach.  On multiple occasions I have observed and been told by other schools, about the level of professionalism and technique that our cheer teams have had this year.  Coach Martin has really done a tremendous job in building a program, while also trying to survive that first year of a teaching career.  She fully deserves credit for the work she has done with our cheer teams. Her students, cheer teams and parents are very supportive of Ms. Martin in the classroom.  We are very fortunate in our district because we have teachers that really care and work to make our kids college ready and productive members of society.  Ms. Martin is indicative of the type of teacher that we can be proud of having taught our students.  We should celebrate their successes every day! ”

Sincerely submitted,
Mr. Edward Gunter, IB History Teacher, Sumner Academy of Arts & Science