2016 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Nancy Hale

Nancy HaleWyandotte High School, 1978

Other Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Attended: Mark Twain Elementary, Central Junior High

Some people’s life journey takes them across the seas and around the world. For Nancy Hale, that journey has brought her right back where she began, to working with kids in the district she grew up in, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

Hale knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher. Her 5th grade teacher at Mark Twain, Ms. Jones, whom she remembers as a fabulous teacher and mentor, inspired both her and her twin sister Janet to become teachers.

Hale was an athlete growing up, playing basketball and running track at Wyandotte. Since she returned to Kansas City, Kansas, in addition to teaching physical education, she has served as a coach for basketball, volleyball, drill team and track. She believes that coaching is an excellent way to connect with troubled kids. Currently, she serves as the assistant principal at Arrowhead Middle School.

As an administrator, she puts a strong emphasis on building relations with her students and their parents. She works to support her teachers in getting to know their students, to support them, and to teach them the skills they need to be successful.

Hale feels her greatest accomplishment is making a difference with kids who really have it rough. She has spent a lot of time with kids who have been through really hard times, lost people people close to them, or are growing up in bad situations. She works to let them know how much people care about them, and that she cares about them. She believes that if you can make a difference in a kid’s life every day, that is the best thing you can do.

Hale’s impact on the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is evidenced by the many people who wrote letters of support for her nomination, including parents, colleagues and administrators. One parent wrote: “What she has is a special connection with kids that crosses all ethnicities, socioeconomics, genders, sexual orientations, races and ages.”

What advice does she give her students? “Be sure you hang around good people, people who are going to be positive with you, keep you on the right road.” And for adults: “If you know kids, they will come and talk to you about the most serious thing in their life, and they’ll want you to come help them.”