North Kansas City School District
Education awards: Teachers and staff members received funding from the Education Foundation for programs and projects to increase student achievement and motivation to learn.
Grants were awarded based on creativity and effectiveness.
Recipients of teaching grants for the 2013-2014 academic year from Briarcliff Elementary School were Kim Elliott and Shelley Jastrzembski; from Fox Hill Elementary School, Kara Winnike; from Gracemor Elementary School, Shannon Shelton; from Meadowbrook Elementary School, Cassie Fogel; and from the elementary gifted program, Julie Goldsberry.
Site grants were awarded to Antioch Middle School teachers Jeremy Bradham and Frank McMurray; to Bell Prairie Elementary School library staff members Carol Sulack, Courtney Wheeler and Debra Williams; to North Kansas City High School teacher Susie Helwig; to Staley High School teachers George Adair, Lee Barger, Sara Brown, Barbara Madden, Bill Miller, Nick Persell, Grant Spiegel and Kate Wheeler; to Topping Elementary School principal Dana Miller; and to Winnetonka High School counselor Andrew Schuerman.
Receiving $500 Culture of Excellence grants were Connie Van Engen, music teacher, and Shannon Tilsworth, a school nurse, both at Bell Prairie Elementary School.
Liberty High School
Students recognized: Five members of the school’s Peer Helpers received certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
They were Libby Aguirre, Hannah Dawson, Melanie Kieffer, Emily Lorei and Hannah Scholes. The students were recognized for creating “An Ounce of Truth,” a weeklong campaign about marijuana usage.
The campaign was sponsored by Liberty Alliance for Youth Inc., and funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Behavioral Health.
Chinn Elementary School
Educator honored: Sara Boen, a first-grade teacher, was named a Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher for 2013.
She was chosen by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
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