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Employees of the monthHonored as employees of the month March 26 by the Kansas City, Kan., school board were, left to right, Alesandro Melendez, ELL aide at Noble Prentis Elementary School, and Sean DeMaree, music teacher at Welborn Elementary. (Photo from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools)
Employees of the month
The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored two employees as Employees of the Month at the March 26 meeting.
They are Alesandro Melendez, ELL aide at Noble Prentis Elementary School and Sean DeMaree, music teacher at Welborn Elementary.
“Mr. Alesandro Melendez is an invaluable staff member at Noble Prentis. He is the fastest translator in the Midwest, preparing work for students, notes for parents and important communications for the office with incredible turnaround time. He is very sensitive to the cultural needs of all of the families he serves…..He never turns down a chance to make sure Noble Prentis parents are in the loop, even if it means sacrificing his own personal time…..Alesandro has a kind and gentle spirit. He believes in what he does, but more importantly, he believes that our students can succeed---no matter what the challenge…..He keeps his eyes and heart open to the people of Noble Prentis.” Sincerely, Jim Poplau, principal of Noble Prentis Elementary.
“ My son is a 3rd grade student at Welborn Elementary in the music class of Mr. Sean DeMaree. Mr. DeMaree challenged the school to a reading contest. He bet the students that they could not read a combined 100,000 minutes at home during the month of January (a total of 350 minutes per student in three weeks). He said that if they proved him wrong, he would have the PE teacher shave his head bald at a school assembly. This is the school’s music teacher challenging the whole school to read more! Mr. DeMaree spends countless hours working with the more troubled students. He also meets with them once a week and helps teach them how to control their anger and emotions. He is present at each of the family fun nights, and attends multiple after school events.” Sincerely, Joseph Rocha, parent at Welborn Elementary.
- Story and photo from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools