Lee’s Summit resident Libia Kozisek was honored May 13 by the Blue Valley School District with the Excellence in Education award.
Kozisek grew up in Colombia, South America. While in Colombia, she taught a variety of age groups and served as the coordinator of the language department at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. While in her native country, she co-authored a series of books for elementary students and teachers.
Outside of work, Kozisek is active in her church, on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and is heavily involved in Arts Partners, an organization that brings the arts into schools.
She was also honored in May of last year with the Kansas City Young Audiences Distinguished Educator Award. The annual award honors educators and school representatives who understand the importance of integrating the arts into daily classroom curriculum.
As the mother of a child with disabilities, Kozisek is constantly working to find ways to help children with special needs. Thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation, Kozisek and her family will visit the ocean this summer.
In November of 2012, Kozisek received her United States citizenship and says the United States is the land where freedom, happiness and dreams come true and are possible. Kozisek and her husband, Tony, have two children, eight-year-old Phillip and four-year-old David.