Throughout the year, students in Anna Sahadeo’s second-grade classroom at Lenexa Hills Elementary have practiced their letter-writing skills. Today, they took a next step in building their interpersonal skills by holding a question and answer session with incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard.
Earlier this year, as Dr. Hubbard, deputy superintendent, was named the next superintendent, the students wrote congratulatory letters and practiced asking someone questions in writing. With their teacher’s assistance, students conducted research by reading articles about Dr. Hubbard and the superintendent search and watched a video of when she was named to the new role. Then, they brainstormed questions to ask about her job and interests. Students asked Dr. Hubbard about her favorite color, hobbies, college experience, and what a superintendent does.
On Monday, May 17, Dr. Hubbard met the students online to answer their questions. One student asked Dr. Hubbard if she was excited about the new position. She said she was especially excited to get to visit classrooms like this one.
“I love Shawnee Mission and I am excited to continue to make it a great place for students to go to school, and continue to make it a great place for educators to work,” Dr. Hubbard shared.
Dr. Hubbard concluded the WebEx by encouraging the students as the last day of school approaches and said she looks forward to staying in touch with the class.
“Finish strong!” she told the students.
Sahadeo said that whenever a special guest visits her classroom, each student is asked to write a thank you note. Recently, the class held a WebEx with a United States patent examiner who taught students about the patent process. Beyond learning mechanics of letter writing, and the second-grade standard focused on using commas correctly, Sahadeo said she takes time to sit with each student and edit their letters.
“This provides invaluable instruction on writing development for each student at their own level,” Sahadeo shared. “I have seen amazing writers emerge over the course of the year!”