Events

National CEC Boston Char and Karin

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National CEC Boston Brooke Mary and Char

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2016 Kansas CEC Award Winners

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Yes I Can Award Winner 2016 Luqman Swinney

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Yes I Can Award Winner Austyn Coltey 2016

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Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Barbara Montgomery

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Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Jo Walker

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Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Melanie Garrison

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Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Amy Nielsen

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Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Nicole Herber

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Kansas Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Dana Lovern

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Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Valerie Wall

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Kansas CEC General Education Teacher of the Year 2016 Amber Redeker

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Kansas CEC Paraprofessional of the Year 2016 Mary Ellerman

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Kansas CEC Special Education Paraprofessional of the Year Mike Slayton 2017

Mike Slayton Kansas CEC Special Education Teacher of the year 2016

7th Annual Yes I Can Award Winners September 30, 2015

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.

Certified Staff 

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

Classified Staff


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.

​Isabelle Myzer 

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

Karlyn Frahm

From left:  Karlyn Frahm; Bruce Frahm, parent

 

6th Annual Yes I Can Award Winners September 23, 2014

The Kansas Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children recognized educators for their contributions to special education at a ceremony in Topeka Tuesday.

The organization honors teachers who provide outstanding services to students with special needs, the group said in a news release.

This year’s winners are Lisa Farnsworth, of Blue Valley Unified School District 229, Cindy Malay, of Trego Junior High USD 208, Ali Ferguson, of Derby USD 260, Alyson Lewis, of Olathe USD 233 and Vicki Asher, of Horizon Academy in Roeland Park.

Winners were nominated by administrators and colleagues for their exceptional work.

This year’s awards also included recognizing a general education teacher for contributions to special education. The award went to Whitney Phillips, a fourth-grade teacher at Derby USD 260.

Kansas CEC also recognizes students and youth with disabilities who excel in various accomplishments. Winners of this year’s “Yes, I Can!” award are Ryan Townley, of Trego Junior High, and Annie Rener, of Horizon Academy.

 

5th Annual Yes, I Can Award Winners Honored 2013