KCK Board of Education Honors April 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 April 12, 2016.  Employees are pictured (from left): Pamela Johnson, paraprofessional; Lakisha Piper, paraprofessional; Tammy Silva, special education teacher; and Melanie Cummings-Lewis, paraprofessional.

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RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes a group of three paraprofessionals from St. Pt. North Elementary School, Pamela Johnson, Melanie Cummings-Lewis, Lakisha Piper, and the SPED Teacher from their class room, Tammy Silva, at St. Pt. North Elementary School as the Employees of the Month for April 12, 2016, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

EXPLANATION:

 “I am a substitute for the district, and would like to recommend Room 6 at Stony Point North Elementary School as Employees of the Month.  I understand that this will be four district employees at one time, but they work as a team and the work they have done with the students in that room is amazing and wonderful!   I have had a firsthand look at that room for the last two years and the progress of those students will continue to be in my mind.  Their consistent training of their students is very much appreciated by the kindness and patience that is shown.   Thank you for honoring this group of wonderful staff from room 6 at Stony Point North Elementary”. 

Sincerely submitted,
Marilyn E. Murphy, Substitute

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

Six outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for April. These six people form the Northwest Middle School intervention team.  Congratulations to Semaj Jones (SWAS Program), Timothy Robinson (6th and 7th grade behavior interventionist), Monica Portley, (family community school specialist), Officer Ken Blount, (Officer, Mentor), Margenell “Maggie” Collins (counselor), & Kenneth Lawrie (8th grade behavior interventionist).

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The following is the story from the Northwest Middle School Employee of the Month nomination from April 2017:

“I am honored to work with the wonderful students and teachers at Northwest Middle, but I am particularly blessed to collaborate with six colleagues who work relentlessly to provide advocacy, empathy and restoration for the students who frequently need extra interventions and supports in order to be successful. Together this team forms the Northwest Middle School intervention team.  Officer Blount, Maggie Collins, Semaj Jones, Kenneth Lawrie, Monica Portley and Timothy Robinson constitute a dream team of professionals who use their distinct skills and talents to support student achievement as well as teaching and learning at Northwest. Each of these individuals promotes unity when they work with students, parents and fellow faculty and staff. It is hard to capture the complexities and depth of their work. Semaj Jones continues to improve our school-within-a-school (SWAS), which is an intervention for students who need intensive support both academically and behaviorally.  His ability to establish immediate rapport allows him to both reach and teach the students he serves. Timothy Robinson is our 6th/7th grade behavior interventionist, and he has an uncanny ability of speaking life and truth into the hearts and minds of the students he serves.  Monica Portley, family community school specialist, advocates for students and families in crisis and is indispensable when we need to help students manage emotions or traumatic experiences.  She is gifted at seeking solutions and helping all stakeholders take ownership of the process.  Officer Blount, for example, initiated a mentoring group by which he engages students who have a history of exhibiting problem behaviors.  These discussions generally include a great deal of humor and also focus on making appropriate decisions and problem solving. Margenell ‘Maggie’ effectively and routinely mediates conflict resolution between students who are unable to find common ground for reconciliation.  Her empathetic nature and patience has brought calm to many storms. Timothy Robinson is our 6th/7th grade behavior interventionist, and he has an uncanny ability of speaking life and truth into the hearts and minds of the students he serves. Coach Kenneth Lawrie has a calm demeanor and kindness that often bring students to the point of immediate re-integration to the regular classroom setting. All of my colleagues are worthy of earning employee of the month as individuals, but as a team they probably deserve employee of the year.  It is an honor to work with them and watch them consistently make a positive impact at Northwest Middle School.” 

Sincerely,
Joe W. Graham,
Assistant Principal, Northwest Middle

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.

EXPLANATION:

“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!” 

Sincerely,
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.” 

Sincerely,
Megan Mejia, Teacher at John Fiske Elementary School

 

KCK Board of Education Honors October 2013 Employees of the Month

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October 2013 Employees of the Month.

"Recently the TIS department hired new hardware technicians. Shon Smith & Dwayne McFedders took all of these new members underneath their wings, with no hesitation, and showed all of them the ropes. They both showed, and continue to show, true professionalism while conducting this training. They have never waivered from their commitment or dedication to the district as a whole. They have proven that their main priorities are the student and the teachers. Before these members were hired, Shon and Dwayne (along with two others) handled the entire work load with no complaints. Their loyalty to USD 500 is second to none"
-- Sincerely, Joshua Littlejohn TIS Tech

"Rick Malone is an exceptional young teacher. His enthusiasm is contagious; he seems to be challenged to make a difference in the lives of his students. Rick is a dedicated and hard working Math Teacher, willing to take on challenges. He as our PLC leader in math has always been a dependable, motivated young man that has the drive to be successful at whatever he attempts. He is the 20/20 Leadership sponsor, working with the school's junior leadership group. He also is one of the coaches of the district champion Math Relays team. As devoted as he is to his career in preparation for class and grading, Rick still finds time to coach football and track."
-- Sincerely, Steve Howard, Teacher

-- October 14, 2013 News Release

KCK Board of Education Honors March 2016 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 Tuesday, March 22, 2016.  Employees are pictured (from left) Dave Cavender, lead night custodian at F.L. Schlagle High School; and Suzie Legg, elementary curriculum coordinator at the Central Office and Training Center. 

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RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Dave Cavender from F.L. Schlagle High School and Suzie Legg from Central Office and Training Center as the Employees of the Month for March 2016, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

EXPLANATION: 

“Mr. Dave Cavender is our Lead Night Custodian but you can’t tell it from all the other jobs he also does to help our staff and students.   Mr. Cavender is one of those people that can prioritize, make everyone happy, and keeps his wonderful spirit and personality. His staff has dwindled over the past few years, but you never hear him complain….he just gets it done.  I have yet seen him frown and I don’t believe he even knows how to sit down.  He goes above and beyond the call of duty.  We have a lot of sports, concerts and outside events inside the building especially in the evening and the custodial staff has to put up the nets, chairs, etc., then take it all down and clean up after the patrons.  You never have to call Mr. Cavender because as soon as the event is over, here he comes with the bubbly attitude ready to work! I wanted someone to realize what a great person, co-worker, and citizen he really is and I have had the pleasure to work with him.  Thank you! ”. 
Sincerely,
Officer Elaine Moore, School Resource Officer

“Suzie Legg, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, is one of the most selfless educators I have ever met.  She is always willing to do whatever it takes to guarantee the work not only gets done, but gets done well.  One of Suzie’s greatest services to our district is her willingness to be in the work.  If she asks something of you, she is going to work just as hard as you and provide whatever support is needed to help you find success. I have personally witnessed Suzie do this with her teacher leaders, other members of the curriculum department, teachers, and students.  She is the first to volunteer to do the hard work and her proactive, forward-thinking nature requires her colleagues to continually be growing professionally and challenges us to work tirelessly for the best possible curriulums for our students. No issue is too big or too small to ask for her support! Her passion for KCK students and teachers is an inspiration to all.  She is truly an asset to all students, teachers, and staff in KCK Public Schools.”  
Sincerely, Dr. Amanda Kain,
Elementary Math Content Teacher Leader