Deadline to nominate an outstanding teacher is Jan. 17
When you hear the phrase “outstanding teacher,” who comes to mind? You may want to nominate this person for the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching/R-7 Teacher of the Year Award.
Twelve R-7 teachers will receive the Excellence In Teaching Award. Each award recipient will also become a finalist for the R-7 School District’s annual Teacher of the Year Award. The district’s Teacher of the Year goes on to compete in the Missouri State Teacher of the Year program.
Any teacher, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and any guidance counselor or library/media specialist is eligible for the program after teaching in the R-7 District for five years. Part-time teachers, guidance counselors and librarians are only eligible for the Excellence In Teaching Awards.
Former Excellence In Teaching Award winners are eligible to interview for the R-7 School District Teacher of the Year Award if nominated, although they would not be able to win the Excellence In Teaching Award again.
The recognized teachers will be selected by a committee composed of R-7 staff and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the community. The 12 Excellence In Teaching winners will be announced in March and honored at a April 3 reception, to be held at the historic Longview Mansion. The Teacher of the Year will be announced at the reception.
Nomination forms are being sent home with R-7 students during December. Anyone wanting a form may also visit the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District website at www.lsr7.org and search “Excellence In Teaching” or call 986-1017. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 17.
Twelve Lee’s Summit R-7 School District teachers receive Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching Awards
To be recognized at April 3 community reception
Twelve Lee’s Summit R-7 School District educators were recently named Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching award winners. Recognized teachers are Todd C. Arasmith, Bernard Campbell Middle School; Erica Arbuckle, Hawthorn Hill Elementary School; Enjoli Avila, Summit Pointe Elementary School; Jon Courtney, Bernard Campbell Middle School; Beth Files, Summit Lakes Middle School; Andrea N. Foote, Greenwood Elementary School; Jayne Hartwig, Trailridge Elementary School; Tammi S. Krones, Lee’s Summit High School; Scott Kuhlman, Lee’s Summit North High School; Melinda Moylan, Hazel Grove Elementary School; Hollie Temple, Great Beginnings Early Education Center; and Kim Victor, Longview Farm Elementary School.
All 12 recipients will be honored at a reception and program scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 3 at the Longview Mansion, 3361 SW Longview Road. The reception is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the R-7 School District, and all students, parents and community members are invited to attend. At approximately 5:15 p.m., a brief program highlighting each of the 12 Excellence In Teaching Award winners will begin.
The recognized teachers were selected by a committee composed of R-7 staff and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the community. Excellence In Teaching winners are also finalists for the R-7 Teacher of the Year program and will participate in an interview with the selection team.
Mr. Arasmith is a social studies teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School. He has been a teacher in the district for 10 years. During his career he established “Mustang Nation” at Bernard Campbell Middle School to increase school spirit, student involvement and leadership opportunities in the community. He is the head Lee’s Summit High School freshman basketball coach. Mr. Arasmith also serves as co-advisor for BCMS Student Council.
Mrs. Arbuckle teaches kindergarten at Hawthorn Hill Elementary School and has been a teacher in the district for 12 years. She has served on several committees including Procedures Team, Leader in Me Team, Partners In Education and Social Studies Curriculum Writing Team. Mrs. Arbuckle has also taught at Prairie View Elementary School and is a former preschool director at Kid’s Day Out at First Baptist Church in Greenwood.
Mrs. Avila is a third-grade teacher at Summit Pointe Elementary and has been an educator for six years. She coordinates building activities for African American History month, co-facilitates Balanced Assessment professional development for staff and has also facilitated vision building with school staff. Mrs. Avila is a two time recipient of Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation PEAK grants.
Mr. Courtney has been a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School for five years. He coaches several sports at BCMS including eighth-grade football, boys basketball and track and field. He also sponsors Fellowship of Christian Athletes at his school. In 2012, he traveled to China with R-7 staff and students as part of the district’s exchange program.
Mrs. Files is the vocal music director at Summit Lakes Middle School and has been an educator for 29 years, 13 years with R-7. She has established a tiered choir invitational for elementary, middle and high school students, and she has presented at numerous conferences about music for elementary and middle school students. Mrs. File has organized over 60 student trips and more than 500 performances.
Mrs. Foote is a third-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School and has been teaching for eight years in the district. During her time as an educator, she has taught kindergarten through sixth grade and served as an elementary administrator. Mrs. Foote received a Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation PEAK grant to bring Kindle Fires into her classroom. She also serves the community through volunteer opportunities with Journey Church International.
Mrs. Hartwig is a fifth-grade teacher at Trailridge Elementary School and has been a teacher in the district for 13 years. At Trailridge, she has established FIRST LEGO League Robotics team and Spanish Club. She was the December 2012 Learning for Life Award recipient and received Missouri PTA’s Distinguished Service Award in April 2011. Mrs. Hartwig also co-leads Trailridge Elementary Student Council.
Mrs. Krones teaches business at Lee’s Summit High School and has taught in the R-7 School District for 17 years. She serves as DECA advisor, SBE/CCE coordinator and ACT site coordinator. Mrs. Krones is a member of the LSHS Charter Principal’s Advisory Team which is designed to develop and annually revise the school’s vision, mission and goals.
Mr. Kuhlman is Director of Bands at Lee’s Summit North High School and has been an educator for 19 years, the last 5 in the LSR-7 district. He has taken students to perform in Hawaii, New York and next year will travel to California for the Hollywood Christmas Parade. He was recently elected Band Vice President of the Missouri Music Educators Association. Mr. Kuhlman is also co-conductor of the Symphonette Orchestra, one of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City orchestras.
Mrs. Moylan teaches third-grade at Hazel Grove Elementary School and has been teaching in the district for 14 years. She serves as third grade representative on the district curriculum and assessment writing team for elementary reading. She established and leads the MAP Motivation team at HGE. Mrs. Moylan is also a volunteer for Coldwater.
Mrs. Temple teaches Special Education at Great Beginnings Early Education Center and has taught in R-7 schools for 7 years. She is currently serving on the Performance Based Teacher Evaluation/Network Educator Effectiveness team. At GBEEC, she is on the social committee and book fair committee. Mrs. Temple actively participates in her sons’ Boy Scout troops.
Ms. Victor teaches Kindergarten at Longview Farm Elementary School and has been an educator for 21 years, 10 years with the LSR-7 district. She has received 6 PEAK grants from the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation to bring innovative teaching methods to her classroom. Ms. Victor currently serves on the LFE Vision Team as a member and as a LFE Derby Day committee member.
In addition to the Excellence In Teaching Award winners, other finalists for 2014 Teacher of the Year include Teachers of Distinction, former Excellence In Teaching recipients who were nominated for the award again this year. The Teachers of Distinction interviewing for Teacher of the Year are Aaron Bailey, Lee’s Summit West High School; Nancy Collings, Bernard Campbell Middle School; Kerrie Creemer, Meadow Lane Elementary School; Sarah Graff, Lee’s Summit North High School; Rhonda L. Ireland, Lee’s Summit North High School; Paul Morales, Pleasant Lea Middle School; Paul M. Rutherford, Summit Technology Academy; Deanna Soukup, Bernard Campbell Middle School; Michael Walker, Summit Lakes Middle School; and Paula Zimmerschied, Underwood Elementary School. The announcement of the 2014 Teacher of the Year will be made at the April 3 reception.
2013 R-7 Teacher of the Year
R-7 School District 2013 Teacher of the Year
2013 Excellence in Teaching Winners
Recognized teachers are (front row, from left) Jessi Cox, Kay Rader, Melissa Searls, Dr. Sarah Graff, Laura Turner, Kathy Giangreco, Carla Thomas, (back row, from left) Deborah Parker, Stacy Collins, Peggy Hinzman, Stacey Bryant, Deanna Soukup, Ricky Boedeker, Michael Walker, Brian Campbell, Barbara Noble and Dr. Gail Morton. Tracy Bertoncin is not pictured.