by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Since it is Easter Sunday and it’s about renewal and hope, I’m turning over my Sunday blog to a sixth grader at the Wellington Middle School.
Each year, “The Excellence in Teaching Award” is sponsored by the USD 353 School Foundation Inc. and seeks to encourage and recognize the professional and leadership excellence of Wellington educators.
A USD 353 student can nominate a teacher. At the end of the year, a winner is presented the award and receives a $1,000 cash reward.
The other day, Carrie Lough, the mother of a sixth grader, shared with me a letter written by her son Mason. Mason if you remember was the 11-year-old boys who performed a piano solo “Colder Weather” at a Zac Brown Band concert in Wichita in 2012 (see story here).
She said for the past four years he has been nominating Jill Kiker, a third grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary, for the award.
“I’m not sure how they decide,” Carrie said. “But don’t listen to me, just read Mason’s letter.”
It’s a good one and we’re sharing it here.