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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 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 November Employees of the Month

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November 2013 Employees of the Month.

We would like to recognize bus driver Kaycee Williams as employee of the month. T.A. Edison has a kindergarten student that was afraid of busses. He is eligible for busing services, but his fear kept him from riding. When we contacted Transportation for help, Kaycee Williams was assigned to our case. Kaycee took on our student, Owen, as her own special student. We are so glad she was chosen for this task. She patiently helped Owen as he became familiar with the bus it's nuiances and noises. Several times she stopped in after her route to TA Edison to say hello to Owen, so he became familiar with her. Kaycee continued being patient coming by for visits, until Owen got on the bus! Next time he rode around the block! Owen began to ask his mom about the bus driver. The true test came in early October when the kindergarten students were scheduled to go on a field trip and that morning, Miss Kaycee was greeted by an enthusiastic Owen and a great big hug! Owen got on the bus and happily traveled to the pumpkin patch with all of his friends. Had you not heard the story, you would have never known all of the work that Kaycee did to prepare this little boy for his bus ride. We appreciate her and how her actions impacted Owen and how much she puts into being a bus driver for our district."
-- Sincerely, Cindy Cop, Principal at T.A. Edison & Owen, student

Mrs. Sarah Alexander, in a very short time, is beginning to reshape a culture among student in our school. We are so grateful for her dedication, and the fact she has embraced the Noble Prentis community as if she has been here her entire career. Sarah is everywhere in the building. And it is a good thing, because her model for adults and children is exemplary. Students are seeking her out, because Mrs. Alexander is helping them know that she is approachable, trustworthy, a fantastic listener, and truly cares for our children. As a principal, I have never seen an adult become familiar with students in such a brief amount of time. I wish I had her amazing ability to help students feel comfortable, inspire them to seek assistance, and teach them to begin to solve their own problems – with their head and their heart. Mrs. Alexander has answered a call desperately needed at Noble Prentis. Students and staff alike are taking a deep breathe, knowing she is available to council us toward a healthy mind and positive spirit."
-- Sincerely, Jim Poplau, Principal at Noble Prentis

-- November 20, 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

KCK Board of Education Honors February 2015 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 February 10, 2015: (first individual photo, Mr. Ray Lipovac, Physical Education Teacher at St. Pt. North Elementary School, & second individual photo, Ms. Darlene Harris, Recovery Room Monitor at Argentine Middle School.)

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognizes Darlene Harris, Recovery Room Monitor at Argentine Middle School, and Ray Lipovac, Physical Education Teacher at St. Pt. North Elementary School, as the Employees of the Month for February 2015, as recommended by Dr. Evelyn Hudson, Board of Education Member and Chairperson for the Employee of the Month Committee.

 “Mrs. Darlene Harris exhibits unlimited patience with our students as a Recovery Room Monitor.  I appreciate the effort and extra time she has put into making our recovery room a safe place for our students to get a second chance and concentrate on their educational growth.  She continues to seek opportunities to expand her knowledge on student behavior management and become better prepared to deal with some of our most difficult students.  She exhibits unlimited patience with our students.  Mrs. Harris has an amazing ability to develop relationships with the students in her classroom.  I am happy to nominate her for employee of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Ileana Farney, Assistant Principal, Argentine Middle School

“Mr. Ray Lipovac is a great example by not only representing his school as the P.E. Teacher, but also being an example for other KCK Public Schools district PE Teachers to follow.  Ray extended his responsibilities and skills beyond the PE realm by having some of his students create and maintain a ‘PE Portfolio’.  This portfolio doesn’t only cover physical education subjects but a “whole person” concept as well that children can carry on into adulthood.  Beyond the PE portfolios, Mr. Lipovac involved an NFL star from the San Diego Chargers, Darrell Stuckey, also a former Stony Point North student in a Play-60 grant.  I know the students and staff have become motivated to have a physical fitness regimen in their life.” 

Sincerely,
Jay Overbaugh, School Counselor, St. Pt. North