7th Annual Yes I Can Award Winners September 30, 2015
The Kansas Council for Exceptional Children recognized educators for their contributions to special education at a ceremony in Topeka. The ceremony was conducted in conjunction with the Families Together advocacy training.
Winners were nominated by administrators and colleagues for their exceptional work. This year, KCEC honored three certified staff members, two classified staff members, and four students.
Brenda Janzen - Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center
From left: Shelli Barnes, sister; Emily Janzen, daughter; Brenda Janzen; Marty Janzen, husband; Laverne Stringham, parent
Scott Swaney - Greenbush Education Service Center, Topeka
From left: Candy Lewis, Greenbush; Scott Swaney; Susie Swaney; Dr. Mary Dunbar, administrator Project Plus; Lori Hamilton, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Greenbush
Kim Vortherms - USD 260 Derby
From left: Dominick Vortherms, Kim Vortherms, Dan Vortherms
MaryLou Kruse - Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center
From left: MaryLou Kruse and Kathy Kersenbrock-Ostmeyer, service center director
Carol Kennedy - Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center
From left: Carol Kennedy and Kathy Kersenbrock-Ostmeyer, service center director
Kansas CEC also recognizes students and youth with disabilities who excel in various accomplishments. This year, we had four award winners. Student winners are eligible to compete for the national Yes I Can Award. National winners will be honored in April 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.
From left: Therese Myzer, parent; Isabelle Myzer, Pam Brun - nominator
Ryleigh Touart - Horizon Academy
From left: Gerilyn Semro, teacher; Beverly Touart, parent; Chantel Touart, parent
Emily Corbett - Oakley
From left: Tara Temaat, teacher; Emily Corbett; Donna Corbett, parent
From left: Karlyn Frahm; Bruce Frahm, parent