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USD 368 Paola Teachers of the Year


Congratulations to Paula Gage for being named USD 368 Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Gage has been the 3rd-grade Interrelated Resource Teacher at Sunflower Elementary School for the past five years.  She has served on the School Beautification Committee, the Kindness Committee, and the Leadership/Panther Family Committee at her school.   Her favorite thing about Sunflower is the opportunity to meet and interact with so many students through various programs like Homework Helpers, Power Hour, and Panther Families.  Mrs. Gage believes that maintaining high expectations, making learning fun using a multi-sensory approach, and creating a strong relationship with each student is the key to their success.


A teacher of 18 years, Heather Lawrence-Kauk landed in the halls of Paola High School in 2016 to teach ninth and tenth grade English. Since then she has switched to ninth and eleventh grade and is looking very forward to mixing things up with the English department's curriculum re-design. When not sharing her love of all things reading and writing, she can be found escorting her own children around town and often to events that support her beloved Panthers. She firmly believes in being there for her students and showing them the importance of being proud of where you're from. One of her former students put it this way, “... anyone that knows Mrs. Kauk could tell you how much she loves her school and how she encourages her students to do the same.” Kauk is happy to finally "be home" and serve kids in the same district where she lives.





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