Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hometown job satisfies instructor

October 19, 2006

For the first time in 19 years, Kathy Cavaleri isn't a commuter.

A Lansing resident for five years, Cavaleri most recently taught students with learning disabilities at Tonganoxie Elementary School before taking a job this school year as a learning disability instructor at Lansing Middle School.

While she loved working in the Tonganoxie School District, Cavaleri said the time was right for a change - both personally and professionally.

The position enables Cavaleri to work closer to her daughter Katelyn, a freshman at Lansing High School. Prof-essionally, the job is everything she wanted and more.

"I can generally say that I look forward to every day. How many people can actually say that?" Cavaleri said.

Cavaleri is part of the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative and helps students with math, reading and language arts.

During her 25-year career, Cavaleri has focused her efforts in learning disabilities, mental health, and day treatment programs.

Cavaleri said the relationships she's developed with her students and clients are her main attraction to the field.

As a parent, and now as an employee, Cavaleri has seen the workings at Lansing schools inside and out.

"I'm so impressed with how the teams have genuine concerns for each student," she said.

Cavaleri also serves as president of the Lansing High School Band Booster Club. In her free time, she enjoys walking and gardening. Her husband, David Cavaleri, retired from the military and works at Fort Leavenworth. Their oldest daughter, Kimberly, 19, graduated from LHS in May.

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