Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2004

VFW honors 2 teachers

December 9, 2004

Two teachers from the Basehor-Linwood School District were named as District 1 winners of the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award competition, an annual contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization to recognize dedicated educators.

Marina Cooley, a seventh-grade teacher at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, and Nancy Lessig, a third-grade teacher at Linwood Elementary School, were named winners in the middle and elementary school divisions, respectively.

Both teachers will now compete in a statewide competition. The Basehor VFW post will honor Cooley and Lessig during a recognition dinner Dec. 16.

Middle school principal Mike Boyd nominated Cooley. In his nomination letter, Boyd wrote that "Mrs. Cooley's biggest strength is getting students involved in English while making class an enjoyable experience." He added that "Mrs. Cooley takes great pride in her teaching and it shows in all aspects of her classroom."

Vicki McEnroe, principal at Linwood Elementary School, nominated Lessig. She wrote that "Mrs. Lessig understands the needs of students at the third-grade level, so she works to transition them from relating to classroom rules and the importance of working together to understanding that our school, city and country must function in the same manner.

"She not only focuses on helping her own students, but she will share information with other students, staff and parents."

Cooley has taught in Basehor-Linwood for 20 years. She has also coached volleyball and sponsored student council. Outside of school, Cooley has served as a 4-H leader and a Sunday school teacher.

Lessig has taught third and fifth grade at the elementary school for 16 years. She has worked on several committees while at LES, including site council, USD 458 professional development committee and resource selection committees for social studies and math. Lessig has also been active in Boy Scouts of America, bible study groups and Sunday school.

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