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KCK Board of Education Honors November 2014 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 November 11, 2014: (individual photo, from left, Thomas Smotherman Jr., and Wanda Cain).

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Thomas Smotherman Jr., custodian at Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center, and Wanda Cain, Occupational Therapist paraprofessional at KCKECC, Morse, Welborn, Banneker, New Chelsea, & Caruthers, as the Employees of the Month for November 2014, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

“We are recommending Thomas Smotherman, the custodian at Earl Watson Jr. Early Childhood Center, for Employee of the Month. Thomas does such a wonderful job of keeping our building clean and ready for learning each and every day. Throughout the day, he continually monitors each classroom to maintain cleanliness. He goes above and beyond for our school, our staff, and our students. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated and valued co-worker!”

Sincerely,
Julie Fletcher, Teacher, Amy Neal, Special Education Teacher & The entire staff of Earl Watson Jr. ECC

“Wanda Cain has worked for the district for over 30 years. Currently she is an Occupational Therapy paraprofessional. She travels to several schools throughout the work week. Wanda is a gem to work with. She shows enthusiasm and delight in everything that she does. She works closely with teachers to determine the best way to interact with the students. Wanda is a role model to many little girls. She is the epitome of a professional and a team player. Wanda deserves this recognition as a tribute to all of her hard work and dedication.”

Sincerely,
Tracy Smarr-Dolezal, OT/PT/MT staff, & PreK teachers of KCKECC, Morse, Welborn, Banneker, New Chelsea & Caruthers

-- November 14, 2014 News Release

KCK Board of Education Honors December 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 December 8th, 2015.  Congratulations, and thank you, to (from left) Janita Webb, teacher leader at Noble Prentis Elementary School; and Karen Dalton, parent liaison at Welborn Elementary School. 

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RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Karen Dalton from Welborn Elementary School and Janita Webb from Noble Prentis Elementary School as the Employees of the Month for December 2015, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

Karen Dalton

“Ms. Karen Dalton was hired to serve as a Parent Liaison for Welborn; however she does so much more than that for our school and the Welborn Community.  Ms. Dalton has successfully implemented a P.T.A. at Welborn with more than 100 parents participating in parent night each month.  Ms. Dalton serves on the Leadership team, the Safety team, the School Culture team, and the Cafeteria team.  She is always willing to go the extra yard to help the school improve.  Successful results have happened while she works side by side with us.  She is a true diamond in the rough!” 

Sincerely,
Dr. Jennifer Malone, Principal at Welborn Elementary

Janita Webb

“Mrs. Janita Webb, Teacher Leader at Noble Prentis, is dedicated to her staff and students, and has an unending drive that focuses her resolve on the highest expectations possible.  She is diligent in her work, down to the smallest detail to ensure staff and student success.  Mrs. Webb has been a visionary in working with the district’s initiatives, creating scales and goals with the staff at Noble Prentis, and encapsulating the work so that all teachers, and teacher leaders she shares with, understand and are able to implement at a higher level.  Janita is approachable, friendly…and believes that all children can succeed!”  

Sincerely,
Jim Poplau, Principal at Noble Prentis Elementary School

Congratulations, and thank you, to (from left) Janita Webb, teacher leader at Noble Prentis Elementary School; and Karen Dalton, parent liaison at Welborn Elementary School. 

KCK Board of Education Honors February Employees of the Month

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February 2014 Employees of the Month.

Kevin R. Wills

"Mr. Kevin R. Wills is an outstanding custodian. He goes above and beyond what is expected from a custodian. Mr. Kevin R. Wills organizes his staff so that our school community does not have to worry about the cleanliness or safety of our building. There are many tasks that he can delegate, but if it is asked of him he takes pride in personally making sure everyone in the building gets what they need to do their job effectively. I would say Mr. Wills exhibits 'Five Star Service' under Do The Right Thing."
-- Sincerely, Elvira Randle, principal of West

Laura McNellis

"Being a retired teacher of 32 years, I know the energy and love that goes into going beyond what is required of teaching. As a grandmother of a student attending Frank Rushton, I have been exposed to a special teacher in the KCK school district. Her name is Ms. Laura McNellis, 5th grade teacher. My granddaughter is going through severe health problems and Ms. McNellis has gone above the norm to teach the class love, care and concern for Anna. These lessons will be of great value to them. Ms. McNellis dedication is something you don't see every day! She deserves Employee of the Month."
-- Sincerely, Texanna Ollenberger, grandmother

-- February 19, 2014 News Release

KCK Board of Education Honors Employees of the Month - November 2016

The Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Mr. Lloyd Collins from the Maintenance Shop and Rachel McIlvane from West Middle School, as the Employees of the Month for November 2016, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hill, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.  

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Lloyd Collins
Painter, KCKPS Maintenance Shop

“Lloyd Collins, Lead Painter for the KCKPS maintenance shop, has shown superb workmanship and great leadership skills since stepping into the paint/glass department lead position.  ‘No’ is not in his vocabulary and he goes the extra mile to try to accommodate everyone involved.  Lloyd has worked at the district for the last 9 years and is well known and respected throughout the USD 500.  Everyone that knows Lloyd can attest that he will do whatever it takes to get the work done and we are all honored to nominate him for employee of the month”.  Sincerely, Kevin O’Malley, Painter for the KCKPS maintenance shop 

Rachel McIlvane
Teacher, West Middle School

“Rachel McIlvane, Grade 8 Math Teacher at West Middle School has been very proactive in helping all new staff to become acclimated to their new work environment by showing gentleness and kindness while helping us to teach to a level of excellence.  She has provided a helping hand in being a resource in bouncing ideas upon the first week of teaching, classroom set up, and instructional strategies.  She cares deeply not only for the work done in her classroom, but the work done down each and every hall of West Middle.  She is a true representation of inspiring excellence “every grownup, every child, every day!”   Sincerely, Ryan Schreiner, Teacher Grade 8 Algebra and Geometry, West Middle School. 

KCK Board of Education Honors December 2014 Employees of the Month

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Several employees were honored this week by the Board of Education for their outstanding service and dedication. Congratulations to December Employees of the Month: Officer Alvaro Agon, police officer with the KCKPS Police Department; and Tina Wells and Amanda Griffin, 5th grade teachers at White Church Elementary School. The following are excerpts from their nominations:

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Officer Alvaro Agon

“Officer Agon has such a presence at Rosedale Middle School. He is always out in the halls and attending to his duties. He always has a smile for every person he encounters. Officer Agon is able to speak Spanish to our parents and he is very involved and helpful to them. You can watch him and see how much he cares for our students. I appreciate his friendly attitude and his professionalism that he always displays. He is the best officer we have had a Rosedale in a long time.”

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Tina Wells and Amanda Griffin

“Tina Wells and Amanda Griffin have been an amazing teaching team for the past seven years. They are experts at making learning engaging and fun for their students. They go above and beyond to make sure the culture of our building is positive and inviting for students and families, so much so that their former students often come back to visit them. Wells and Griffin not only care about their students educational needs but also about their personal lives. It is because of the relationships they build that their students strive even harder to do their best academically. I have watched them go beyond their responsibilities as teachers, whether it means staying late to meet with parents, tutoring students or participating in the many evening activities our parent organization puts on at school, with enthusiasm! They consistently plan out new and fun ways to make the curriculum come alive for their students.

As a team, Tina Wells and Amanda Griffin have made such an impact on White Church Elementary! They have encouraged and inspired their students, as well as staff, to be positive and motivated to learn. They are the definition of ‘excellent educators’.”