Excellence in Teaching 2021

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District partnered with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce to surprise 15 recipients of the annual Excellence In Teaching and Teacher Of Distinction awards.

Recognized among LSR7’s high-quality educators, these honorees received nominations for demonstrating outstanding qualities and making a significant difference for students. Students, parents, colleagues and community members can submit Excellence In Teaching nominations to spotlight any certified teacher, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, along with any guidance counselor or library media specialist. Previous Excellence In Teaching recipients are eligible to receive the Teacher of Distinction award.

Honorees will be recognized May 12 during a small reception, where the 2021 Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching/R-7 Teacher of the Year will be announced. The winner goes on to compete in the Missouri State Teacher of the Year program.

Visit LSR7.org/teachers-2021 to learn more about the award winners.

Honorees:

  • Mrs. Jennifer Angotti, third grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Sarah Courtney, social studies teacher at Lee’s Summit North High School (Teacher Of Distinction Award)
  • Mrs. Susan Dunham, kindergarten teacher at Hazel Grove Elementary (Teacher Of Distinction award)
  • Mrs. Amye Dunning, sixth grade teacher in R-7 Online Academy (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Melissa Finneseth, speech-language pathologist at Great Beginnings Early Education Center (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Sherryl Gerke, kindergarten teacher at Lee’s Summit Elementary (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mr. Matt Good, debate teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School (Teacher Of Distinction award) 
  • Mrs. Sarah Hughes, special education teacher at Miller Park Center (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Carol Hull, software engineering instructor at Summit Technology Academy (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Mary Humphreys, English language arts teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Ellie Lilly, seventh grade teacher at Summit Lakes Middle School (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Evonne Medrano, fourth grade teacher in R-7 Online Academy (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Kay Rosson, third grade teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary (Excellence In Teaching Award) 
  • Ms. Jennifer M. Stevenson, speech-language pathologist Great Beginnings Early Education Center (Excellence In Teaching Award)
  • Mrs. Melissa Warden, math teacher at Lee’s Summit High School (Excellence In Teaching Award)

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