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PAGE 02 June 2019 Heidi Koger Proofreader Rian Souders Editorial Assistant Cheryl Gochnauer Writer/Copyeditor Melissa Riggs Writer/Copyeditor Marjorie Langas Graphic and Layout Margaret Phillips Developer/Programmer Erin Danner Print/Digital Media Buyer Tempest Wright Print/Digital Illustrator Tonia Wright Publisher Editor-in-Chief We want to hear from you! Let us know how we are doing on Facebook, Twitter @accessHealth1 or write: accessHealth is published by Grace Advertising & Consulting, Inc. 325 Broadway Lexington, MO 64067 A big thank you to our advertisers. The Fort Osage District has many top notch support staff. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, the District started a new tradition by honoring an outstanding support person that exemplifies the qualities of a caring spirit toward others and an excellent work ethic. Yearly we will recognize a person who will be one that goes above and beyond their duties to help others when not asked, who steps in to help their coworkers and shows compassion in both their words and actions. The District was pleased to honor five finalists at the District Steak Fry on April 29. The winner of the A Step Above Support Staff Employee of the Year Award was Julie Ann Dunlap, Custodian in the Facilities Department. When asked what she liked best about working at Fort Osage she said, "I love my co-workers. This is a great place to make friends and work with pride for yourself and for the school." A STEP ABOVE Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Superintendent of Schools, presents Dunlap with her Step Above Award. Congratulations to Julie Ann Dunlap and our five other finalists: Jenny Skaggs April Smith Pam Miller Mandy Vasselle Nancy Winslow District Technology Office Buckner Elementary Elm Grove Elementary Food Service Fire Prairie Upper Elementary Educator of the Year Named Michelle Brooker, second grade teacher at Indian Trails Elementary School, was named the 2019-2020 Fort Osage R-1 School District Educator of the Year on April 29, 2019. "My whole life, I knew I was going to be a teacher. I wanted to have the power to positively influence other people and to quite possibly leave a long lasting impression," said Brooker. An alum of Fort Osage High School, Michelle went on to pursue higher education at Northwest Missouri State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading both from Northwest Missouri State. She began her teaching career in May 2011 at Indian Trails Elementary teaching first grade and moved to second grade in 2017. She is a member of the Fort Osage Community Educators Association and has served as their treasurer since 2016. She has had the opportunity to serve on the science and social studies content teams and on the Indian Trails Building Leadership team. Michelle will now begin the application process for the Missouri Teacher of the Year program. Congratulations Ms. Brooker and all of the building Teacher of the Year winners: Melissa Hall Margie Anderson Alyx Fenton Lori Huber Michelle Brooker Paul Dial-Scruggs Stephanie Nichols Kim Meneses Ginger McCabe Michelle Brooker is handed her Teacher of the Year award by Fort Osage CEA President Kimberly Mollenhour. Blue Hills Buckner Cler-Mont Elm Grove Indian Trails Fire Prairie Osage Trail High School Career & Technology Center

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