PCR-3 Announces Teacher, Service Person, Support Person of the Year
Platte County School District Announces Teacher/Service/Support Persons of the Year
On May 1, Platte County School District announced its Teacher, Service Person, and Support Person of the Year, surprising each at their building's all-school assemblies. This year's Teacher of the Year is Kathleen Scanlon, 5th Grade Teacher at Siegrist Elementary; Service Person of the Year is Heather Schuller, Social Worker at Pathfinder Elementary; and Support Person of the Year is Jennifer Walleman, Administrative Assistant at Northland Career Center. Fellow staff members nominate their peers for consideration in both the Northland Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Education honors, as well as the District's staff recognition program; then nomination forms are completed by principals, fellow staff members, and parents.
The awardees' nominations included the following accolades:
Kathleen Scanlon, Teacher of the Year
"Kathleen is an educational treasure! She was born with a gift and has spent 33 years sharing it with students and families." Her approachable and kind personality has been a soft landing spot for many students needing a little extra support. She has shown excellence inside and outside the classroom with a commitment to the PCR-3 community, raising her own children here, coaching high school and youth volleyball teams, launching her school's Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program, and bringing the community into our schools with events such as the Adopt-a-Pilot or Thank-a-Farmer programs.
Heather Schuller, Service Person of the Year
"Heather has the biggest heart for all students and it shows in the way she treats them with respect and dignity. She is at the center of the Pathfinder family, making sure everyone is checking in with one another and supporting each other in all facets of life." She addresses various student needs while collaborating with staff and community partners to build safety nets and skills, including leading an innovative topic study on the affects trauma has on learning. She truly works to make Pathfinder Elementary a better, happier, and healthier place.
Jennifer Walleman, Support Person of the Year
"Jennifer has become our story-teller," and "has been one of the best hires at Northland Career Center." She is behind the camera for the majority of the photos taken at NCC, and her journalism skills shine in the features she writes for the center's newsletters and social media posts. From communicating with sending schools, and setting up a user-friendly way for new students to visit NCC, to planning many community events, Jennifer is a huge asset to NCC.