Winnie Ayers Honored at City’s Black History and Scholarship Banquet

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February 19, 2019

Winnie Ayers

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science’s Teacher Winnie Ayers was honored with the Excellence in Education Award at the 27th Annual Black History and Scholarship Banquet by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Black History Committee on February 16 at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

She began working at Sumner High School in 1971 as a teacher and coach. She has worked at the same school, which is now known as Summer Academy, for nearly 50 years. In addition to a long tenure at Sumner, she also worked 39 years as an aquatics director at the Linwood YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Ayers taught thousands of inner-city children how to swim during her extensive career at the YMCA. She is loved and respected so much that they have a portrait of her hanging on the wall in her honor.

Ayers was highlighted in 2015 for her years of service in education in the KCPT series, “American Graduate Champion.”  The series was part of a PBS initiative to address the nation’s dropout rate.  She was highlighted to showcase examples of students, teachers and community leaders in Kansas City that helped shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. Ayers has taught more than three generations of kids during her career. From buying school supplies and shoes to giving them a ride to school on snow days, teaching truly comes from her heart. 

Winnie Ayers

“There has not been one time I’ve hated to get up to go to work,” said Ayers. “The students are my life. The kids are my life.”

Please join KCKPS in honoring and congratulating one of our teachers, Winnie Ayers, on her contributions to education in the community and at our school district.