Communities across the country are observing American Education Week. The Shawnee Mission Board of Education formally proclaimed the occasion at the Nov. 16 regular meeting. Click here to read the proclamation.
It urges all in our community to join us in honoring the institution of education and recognizes education employees who work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care.
“As it says in our mission, the work to ensure students construct their own foundation for success is orchestrated by talented, compassionate educators, and distinguished by an inclusive culture, engaged community, and robust opportunities that challenge learners to achieve their full potential,” Fulton noted. “This week we take time to celebrate everyone in our community, who even in the most difficult times, move us toward this goal.”
Lindsey Chiu, SM South senior, reflected one example in her life. Her Project Lead the Way Engineering Signature Program teacher Jessica Tickle is one who truly has made a positive difference in her life, Chiu shared.
“Ms. Tickle really makes learning fun and always pushes me to do my best,” Chiu expressed. “She has really helped me with my presentation skills and encouraged me to speak out more in class.”
The NEA and American Legion started American Education Week in 1921, with the goal of generating public support for education, in light of heightened concerns of high illiteracy rates. It is observed in the spirit of recognizing that public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our values of freedom, civility, and equality.