Approximately 75 educators were welcomed to the R-7 School District during an Aug. 2 special event hosted by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the University of Central Missouri. The Chamber has hosted the annual New Teacher Welcome Breakfast for several decades.
During the event, teachers heard from Bob Glaser, Chamber chair of the board; Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads; Nicole Nickens, University of Central Missouri department chair of elementary and early education; David McGehee, R-7 superintendent; and Monte Stull, Chamber Education Committee chairperson.
Jeanie Cook, a teacher at Pleasant Lea Elementary and Lee’s Summit R-7 2012 Teacher of the Year, was the featured speaker at the breakfast. Cook talked about the value of the teaching profession and shared insights about students and learning with the audience.
Following the breakfast, the new teachers received “goody bags” filled with gifts donated by approximately 25 Chamber businesses.