The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presented a surprise honor to a Shawnee Mission School District art educator.
Megan Ellis, visual arts coordinator for the Shawnee Mission School District and Lenexa Hills Elementary art teacher, was presented with a Carole Ann Ladd Legacy Scholar Award. Ellis was surprised with the honor in front of all of her students and colleagues at Lenexa Hills. In addition to being presented with the honor, Ellis was invited to ring the green goal bell at Lenexa Hills. Ringing the bell is a school tradition that helps the entire school community celebrate moments of accomplishment.
The Carole Ann Ladd award is given to celebrate educators who continue her legacy of “empowering students to reach their greatest potential through the arts.” Ellis was given a trophy and her name was added to a perpetual plaque that will be on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Christie Makar, educator, school programs and partnerships for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, presented the honors on behalf of the museum and the Incentive Advisory Board. Makar complimented Ellis and Lenexa Hills for all of the “beautiful” and “vibrant” student artwork on display at the school.
Principal Mike Brewer said that Megan is an incredible art teacher and staff member. “She goes above and beyond in every aspect,” Brewer added.
Ellis was nominated by Dr. Leigh Anne Neal, chief of early childhood and sustainability. Neal shared that “Ms. Ellis is creative, student-focused, passionate about unlocking the creativity in every person, and always ready to support or lend a hand to any project or initiative.”