The Sedalia School District 200 recognized many of their finest educators and associates and their annual school board candidate forum and outstanding educator and associate of the year awards.
Each school in the district was given the opportunity to nominate a teacher and associate for the awards, Wynee Akers of Parkview Elementary was named the educator of the year and Osmaro DeLeon a custodian at Washington Elementary was chosen as the outstanding associate of the year.
“We are very blessed to have such a high number of truly outstanding individuals who work with our students on a daily and the individuals who were nominated this year are excellent representatives of the district,” Superintendent of Sedalia 200 Brad Pollitt said. “I am very proud of all of those who were nominated this year.
“They are all very deserving of their nominations,” Pollitt added.
Akers has taught for 28 years in the Sedalia 200 district, most recently as a Title I Reading teacher.
“Akers has touched a countless number of lives, “SCEA President Andrea Young said while reading Akers nomination form. She is always so positive and supportive of both the students and the other teachers.
“She is often seen teaching on the go in between groups, in the halls, and while she is walking her group to and from class,” Young continued. “Many teachers at Parkview can say that they have personally witnessed many students who have excelled in reading because of her guidance.”
When asked for her reaction after the announcement of her award Akers said she was surprised and honored.
“I work with such a wonderful group of teachers and administrators,” Akers said. “It really doesn’t feel like work because I am part of such a great team and we all love to spend time doing what we do to help our students.”
The same can be said for DeLeon, the outstanding associate of the year.
“He (DeLeon) takes an interest in each student and always says hello to every one of them,” Young read. “Even though his extreme list of duties keeps him busy throughout the day, he will never walk away from a request for help and even offers his help as much as he can.
“Mr. DeLeon represents all the characteristics and the dedication that any associate of the year should have,” Young continued. “He is more than a custodian at Washington; he is a friend and a happy face whenever he is seen.”
DeLeon too said he was humbled and surprised when his name was announced.
“I said, ‘who me?’” DeLeon said shortly after the announcement. “I didn’t expect this because the work is enough for me but I am very humbled and I appreciate this a great deal.”
SCEA hosted a candidates forum prior to the announcements of the awards.
Two incumbents for the board, Dianna Nichols and David Wolf are running unopposed for their seats on the board.
Both incumbents agreed that at some point in time the district would need to consider the possibility of building an additional facility for the district if the enrollment continues to grow at its current rate.
Nichols said her first priority for building expansion, if needed, would be a new facility for early childhood education while Wolf said he hopes the district would continue to explore all possibilities before he could arrive at a decision.
In his opening remarks at the forum, Wolf said he feels it is important to ask questions in his role as a board member.
“I think it is my job to ask questions and to do what is best for both the students and the community,” Wolf said. “I think my vision for the next three years for the district is to help to create a safe, nurturing professional environment for the students and staff.”
Both Wolf and Nichols are both graduates of the Sedalia School District 200.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the district on the school board as it continues to grow and move forward.” Nichols said. “The district has seen such remarkable growth and progress in the last decade and I am extremely grateful for the three years I have served on the board.
“My vision for the next three years is to continue to help provide a quality education for all of the district’s students while raising the expectations for both the students and staff.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484