Congratulations to the January 2018 Employees of the Month

Two outstanding employees were honored this week by the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education as Employees of the Month for January. Congratulations to Harriet Williams, certified nursing assistant and paraprofessional from F.L. Schlagle High, and Amy Loveland, principal from Kansas State School for the Blind and North Central Office Early Childhood Center. Click below to read their nominations.

Harriet Williams

Harriet Williams

Harriet is truly a lifelong Schlagle Stallion.  She graduated from Schlagle in 1980 and came to work here as a certified nursing assistant and paraprofessional about 13 years ago. She has shined throughout the school since she walked through the doors. It is not unusual to hear her singing, see her smiling and spreading her joy throughout the building. The students respect her and look up to her. Even when she has to be stern with a student, she fills it with her love and that her smile returns and she lights up the area.

She rejoices in her work and then the students that she works with. She says that what attracts her to the job is the opportunity to take care of kid’s needs. She said at first the hardest part of getting settled into the position was trying to figure out what a paraprofessional is. Once she figured out the duties and responsibilities she grew to an be a huge part of our Schlagle community.

Outside of the school she is active in the Greater Pentecostal Temple serving as a liturgical dance minister. And she has share this talent with the Schlagle community at several assemblies in the past. She believes and lives the idea that we are all responsible for the success of our community. Harriet is another example of the excellent team members we have working with our KCK students.

Amy Loveland

Amy Loveland

On behalf of the Headstart staff at the Kansas School for the Blind (KSSB), we are honored to nominate Amy Loveland for KCKPS employee of the month. Amy is not only the principle of both the KSSB and North Central Office Early Childhood Center programs in the district, but she is also a mentor and a constant supporter of those around her.  Amy faces even the hardest days with laughter, she shows a genuine interest in the growth in lives of her teachers and staff. She knows the children and families of our program by heart.

No matter how many things we add to her never-ending to-do list, Amy make sure to address each one from the smallest concerns to the biggest challenges. She will always stopped have a conversation, even if she’s in the middle of something and you’ll never walk away feeling like your voice wasn’t heard. Amy is a team player, she holds her staff and our families accountable, and liked all good leaders she would never ask others to do anything she wouldn’t do it herself. On any given day, you might see Amy cleaning, working the car line, helping a student change clothes, moving furniture, reading stories, assisting in classrooms, answering phones, talking to parents or staying late would children who haven’t been picked up yet.

These are all things done on top of her regular duties. Amy puts in long hours, she works hard and above all she’s humble. She always gives credit to others when she is complemented or thanked. Even in moments of chaos or conflict, Amy always exhibits kindness, fairness, patience and compassion. She is an outstanding principal and an even more outstanding person. Amy is a counselor, a cheerleader, a confidant and a friend. We thank her for her positive leadership and for making this a great work environment.