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KCK Board of Education Honors March Employees of the Month


March 2014 Employees of the Month.

Marie McFeders & Kerry Wrenick

"With unending joy and patience, Kerry Wrenick and Marie McFeders are always willing to assist those in need. They help provide not only continuity of education, but they also assist with those things that many people take for granted every day: toothpaste, soap, clothing, shoes, socks, and many other necessities. As the need for assistance has increased, Kerry and Marie have met the challenge and have succeeded. It is a joy to work with Kerry and Marie as their positivity has spread throughout the district. No task is too small or too large. They both are gracious and sensitive to those who are served by the McKinney-Vento Program."
-- Sincerely, Ann-Marie Jackson, Migrant Data Specialist

Carolyn Chambers

"Carolyn Chambers has been a teacher in our district for 12 years and is the Tier 2/3 Reading Instruction Coordinator and a vital part of the Leadership and Literacy Teams at Welborn Elementary School. Her love and dedication to the profession can be seen in her work. During the school hours, Mrs. Chambers works with 1st through 3rd grade students as a Tier 2 teacher. Besides her role as a teacher, she takes on many other duties, and her leadership role is valued. She serves on the Literacy and Leadership teams where she brings her expertise and insightfulness. It is for these and many more reasons we want to honor Carolyn Chambers as employee of the month."
-- Sincerely, Jamila A. Harris-Smith, Counselor

-- March 25, 2014 News Release

KCK Board of Education Honors October 2015 Employees of the Month



The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored the Student Services Department (names listed below with the photo) and KCKPS Police Officer Theamos “DJ” Howell, Jr., from Argentine Middle School at the October 27, 2015 Board of Education Meeting. 

KCKPS Police Officer Theamos Howell, “DJ”, Jr., of Argentine Middle School


Today, especially, students need a good role model and leader.  Theamos Howell, “DJ”, Jr., KCKPS Police Officer at Argentine Middle School is exactly that.  He has developed strong relationships with both the students and the staff.  He is consistent, compassionate and kind, but he maintains the standards for student excellence and accepts nothing less.  When Mr. Howell is needed for any reason, he is there, for both the staff and the students.  He assists with behavior, helps with cafeteria duty, speaks with and encourages students.  Because he is very approachable, students look up to him and respect him.   His presence and leadership makes a difference!!  Thank you for considering him for this recognition.” 

Heather Hamtil,  ESL Teacher,  Argentine Middle School

The Student Services Department


(Photo, starting with front row, left, Marsha Oyer, Matthia Kelsey, Susan Meier, Noemi Sanchez, Leticia Pompa, Miguel Torres; Second row, left, Valerie Anzicek, Allison Thomas, Ashley Washington, Marie McFeders, Vanessa Mora, Carol Collins, Lisa Garcia, Octavio Estrella; Third row, left, Kerry Wrenick, Tina Richardson, Michelle Wortham, Lilia Alvidrez, Daryel Garrison, Rosie Rodriguez, Betsy Camacho Clay and Omayra Patterson.)

The Department of Student Services is a team that demonstrates teamwork and outstanding customer service. The team arrives early, stays late and will always support families, staff members and each other.  The team doesn’t think in isolation, but rather how can they help each other to be more efficient in meeting the needs of our families.  This team is resourceful, creative, and committed.  This team provides our families social and emotional support and more often than not, simply a listening ear. The team is always present and engaged at community events such as the Back To School Fair, Community Health Fairs and other weekend activities that may require the balance of their personal and family time.  The team works so closely together that the nomination seemed appropriate as a team.  They are; Valerie Anzicek, Octavio Estrella, Tina Richardson, Daryel Garrison, Michelle Wortham, Ashley Washington, Marsha Oyer, Susan Meier, Lisa Summers, Allison Thomas, Kerry Wrenick, Marie McFeders, Matthia Kelsey, Noemi Sanchez, Carol Collins, Omayra Patterson, Lilia Alvidrez, Leticia Pompa, Brianda Lobotas, Vanessa Mora, Miguel Torres, Rosie Rodriguez, and Betsy Camacho Clay. This team has such heart and truly believes in the mission of the district, “Every grown-up, every child, every day”.  

Lisa Garcia, Director Student Services  (As a surprise, the board member and selection committee felt it was very appropriate for Lisa Garcia to also receive an award, along with her team.)

KCK Board of Education Honors September 2015 Employees of the Month


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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored two employees as Employees of the Month at their meeting on September 8, 2015.  Employees are pictured (from left) Cassie Woiderski, RN, School Nurse at Morse Early Childhood Center, Bellrose Manor Head Start, Douglass Heights Head Start and Rainbow Mennonite Head Start; and Karen Birt, night custodian at John Fiske Elementary School.

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Cassie Woiderski, RN, School Nurse at Morse Early Childhood Center, Bellrose Manor Head Start, Douglass Heights Head Start and Rainbow Mennonite Head Start; and Karen Birt, night custodian at John Fiske Elementary School as the Employee’s of the Month for September 2015, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

 “Karen Birt, our night custodian, is one of the hardest working staff members at John Fiske School. She not only does her job with consistent excellence, but also regularly seeks out ways to improve the school  and maintains a clean environment for the students and staff.  She goes above and beyond!!  One small example that exemplifies Karen’s efforts is when she met with the principal and said she would be willing to disinfect and clean teacher desks but they were often cluttered and she didn’t want to move things.  In response, we have set up two days a week that are ‘desk cleaning days’. If teachers declutter their desks she will make them shine.  She demonstrates excellence, respect, and hard work. These are traits that are highly valued at John Fiske Elementary.  She is very deserving of the honor of Employee of the Month.” 

Britt Pumphrey, Teacher Leader

“Cassie Woiderski, spent the majority of her adult life putting others first: parenting 2 children, volunteering at her children’s schools, working at a child care center, volunteering at Juniper Gardens, participating in her church, serving as a mentor to others in need.  Then…..School Nurse Cassie joined our district in September, 2013 at Morse Early Childhood Center.  Since then, she has worked tirelessly with our children, their families and our staff.  She has developed partnerships with our staff to be sure that we are supporting our families the best way we can.  She has been great with the kids!!  Her office is a welcoming area, designed to put students at ease. They will let you know by the excitement of seeing their ‘Nurse Cassie’, or ‘Dentist Cassie’, or my personal favorite, ‘Princess Cassie’!  For all of the above reasons, and many more, I nominate Cassie Woiderski, RN, for Employee of the Month.” 

Debi Apple, Ed. S., Principal

KCK Board of Education Honors April Employees of the Month


April 2014 Employees of the Month.

Maria Rios

"We nominate Maria Rios, a member of the Wyandotte High School office staff for employee of the month. Maria works in the front office at Wyandotte and she is someone who is always there; ready to help when asked, offering to help before asked; and making whoever she is helping feel like her most important customer. You seldom think about what Maria is responsible for because the work gets done so efficiently and seamlessly. Drop a copy job into the 'in box' (onto a pile of several others), it is done just an hour or two later. Need a truancy report for a field trip? Maria will have it done well before you need it. But what really distinguishes Maria is her understanding of the idea of customer service. If you are a parent or a visitor coming into the office, Maria greets you with her smile and a warm 'How can I help you?' Building staff and visiting parents often compliment her work and helpfulness."
-- Sincerely, Jan Stocstill, principal's secretary & Rich Zak, teacher

Becky Bell

"I would like to nominate Becky Bell for employee of the month for White Church Elementary. I have had the privilege of working with Becky Bell for the past 14 years, both as a fellow classroom teacher and as a teacher leader. She is an essential member of our school and does so much for the staff and students at White Church! Becky has been an educator in USD 500 for 20 years, and I have always been impressed with her willingness to stay on top of the newest research and teaching methods, and how she imparts that knowledge to those around her. Becky is very friendly and approachable and goes above and beyond to make sure she is available to the staff, no matter what time of day or night. She is the kind of person who does so much behind the scenes. Becky Bell is one of the most inspiring people in our district and we are proud to nominate her."
-- Sincerely, Emily Dennis, Teacher, & Bruce Haber, principal

-- April 18, 2014 News Release