This week at the Board of Education meeting, the Vander Hart, Crawford, & Perry Inclusion Awards were presented to a staff member and two students.
Jamey Andrews, Indian Hills kindergarten teacher, received the award along with WRHS students Alyssa Guillen and Katy Wagner.
This award is presented to members of the school-wide community who have aided in the furtherance of an inclusive environment in Auburn-Washburn. The goal is to recognize individuals or groups that have exemplified inclusive practices by ensuring that students with disabilities are instead viewed through the lens of their abilities.
Alyssa Guillen was nominated by her fellow peers Gabrielle Duffins and Darby Holroyd, for this award. She was described as constantly involving herself with Circle of Friends, Unified Sports, Young Life Capernaum, and working with students that have disabilities through attendant care opportunities. She sees the students that she interacts with as more than someone she is connected with through a club, but as a friend. She includes them daily at school through greeting them in the hallways and conversing with them throughout their day, including learning American Sign Language to communicate effectively. A peer described being able to tell that Alyssa made her friends feel happy and loved.
Katy Wagner was nominated by her parents, Amy and Jim Wagner, and by WRHS Teacher, Kak Eli-Schneider. Katy has been active in Circle of Friends, Unified Sports, Young Life Capernaum, and is an attendant care provider. She has a passion for being with youth her age and younger with disabilities. In fact, she has gravitated toward a peer whose primary language is American Sign Language. Katy took it upon herself to learn ASL so that she could communicate with this particular peer. Because of her ability to then have a conversation with this peer, it changed his world by not having to converse with adults only. Additionally, Katy’s positive experiences with her peers that have disabilities has led her to pursue her post secondary education at Kansas University, focusing on Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in order to become a Speech and Language Pathologist.
Jamey Andrews is a Kindergarten Teacher at Indian Hills and was nominated by her colleague Barb Moody. Barb shared that Jamey is one of the most deserving educators because of her selflessness to educate all children, regardless of their challenges. She willingly gives up plan time and her personal time to ensure every student receives the best kindergarten experience. She has the biggest heart for her students and not only models, but teaches them to love each other regardless of their differences. Jamey is a model for the spirit of this award because she is an example to all of us, and the need to ensure our classrooms are inclusive environments.
Eight years ago, three outstanding high school students took it upon themselves to befriend and include their peers from a special education classroom. It began by joining them for lunch and eventually evolved into, what we know now, as the Circle of Friends Club. Due to their inclusive spirit, this award originated to recognize students and educators that represent the true meaning of inclusion. The first award was presented to the three students, Vander Hart, Crawford, and Perry and the Transition Coordinator, Kak Eli-Schneider that cultivated Circle of Friends.
Vander Hart, Crawford, and Perry Inclusion Award
May 27, 2018
This week at the Board of Education meeting, the Vander Hart, Crawford, & Perry Inclusion Awards were presented to a staff member and two students. Jamey Andrews, Indian Hills kindergarten teacher, received the award along…
Auburn-Washburn USD 437
May 25, 2018
This week the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation received a $5,000 donation from the Kansas Gas Service Company's ONE Gas Foundation. The grant was designated for the welding classes at Washburn Rural High School. The funds will be used to purchase safety equipment for the students. The safety equipment will include helmets, goggles and leather jackets to be used by the 100 students enrolled in welding classes at the high school. Pictured with the welding students from left to right are Jerry Vandervort, who has taught welding at WRHS for 28 years, Amber Oetting, Regional Community Relations Manager for Kansas Gas Service, and Chuck Cordt, Executive Director of the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation.
Thank you Kansas Gas Service!
May 24, 2018
This week the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation received a $5,000 donation from the Kansas Gas Service Company's ONE Gas Foundation. The grant was designated for the welding classes at Washburn Rural High School.…