March 2017 Recognitions by the Board of Education

Recognizing MidAmerica Nazarene University

Interim Superintendent Patricia All (second from left) and board member Shannon Wickliffe (far right) recognized MidAmerica Nazarene University representatives for their support as a district partner. Pictured are (from left) Lisa Hood, David Spittal, Mary Jones, Mark Ford, and district Community Liaison Heather Schoonover. The university partners with the district in many ways including offering college credits for those attending the Olathe Summer Conference, support of the English Language Learners program, space for the district's ACCESS on Campus Program, and placement of four counseling interns.

Deborah Abernathy recognition

Deborah Abernathy, a math teacher from Olathe South High School, is one of only two teachers in Kansas to earn the status of National Board Certified Teacher this year. National Board Certification is one of the most respected professional certifications available in education. Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. She was accompanied at the recognition by Principal Clint Albers.

Recognition from Boys and Girls Clubs

The district was honored to receive the Boys & Girls Clubs Corporate Partnership Award for its strong commitment to the clubs of Greater Kansas City. Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan and Board of Education member and Olathe Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board Chair Brent McCune accepted the recognition on behalf of the district.

LyLena Estabine recognition

LyLena Estabine of Olathe Northwest High School earned the "Best in Show" award in the recent Martin Luther King Jr. celebration contest of Olathe. She was among 4,220 Olathe middle and high school students who entered this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. visual and written arts contest with the theme “A Purpose Greater Than Myself.” Principal Chris Zuck and District Activity Director Tim Brady assisted in the recognition.

Sophie Schneider recognition

Sophie Schneider of Mission Trail Middle School won the 10th annual National Football League Play 60 Super Kid contest. Her prize included a multi-day trip for four to Houston for the Super Bowl, where she served as a correspondent for the NFL and was given the chance to hand off the Super Bowl game ball. She also interviewed numerous sports celebrities and appeared on Good Morning America a number of times. She was accompanied at the board meeting by Principal Rachelle Waters and teacher Tyler Barney.

Photos by Cody Kennedy

Communications Division recognition

The district's Communications Division, represented by Director Maggie Kolb and Communications and Media Manager Cody Kennedy, received a Gold Award from the Social Media Club of Kansas City's AMPS Awards. The award recognized the team's efforts in leading a social media campaign for Olathe West High School's "Pick the School Colors and Mascot" campaign. The Multi-Channel Integrated Campaign Gold Award was the only award given to a school district.

Photo by Scott Carpenter