eaching children with exceptionalities has been my passion, career and life for many years. Little did I know my career and personal life would cross over. The transition from special education teacher to special education stay-at-home mom left me feeling like I was entering the special education world for the first time.
The world of special needs was completely new to me, even though I kept hearing, “Oh, you are a special education teacher so this isn’t new for you,” or “How wonderful that you have that background as a mom.” The moment my 2-year-old son, Milo, was diagnosed with autism, my mind went blank, and I was truly a newbie.
One day I was sure I would excel at was truly the most eye-opening day for me as an educator. I quickly knew that my education had not prepared me for my son’s first IEP, although this was a day I had said would come easy to me because I had done it so many times before.
With this in mind, there are four things I want teachers to know from the parent perspective:
Sherri R. Tucker 1200 SE London Way Lee’s Summit, MO64081 816-554-3017 firstname.lastname@example.org Lee’s Summit R-7 School District C/o Linda Ismert, Board Secretary Stansberry Leadership Center 301 NE Tudor Road Lee’s Summit, MO64086 Ms Ismert I would like to submit my name for the position on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School Board.As you know, I have expressed an interest in being on the school board in the past.On my first attempt I only lost by 2% which would indicate that the voters have an interest in me being on the board as well.I would think that the voters’ wishes would be taken into consideration. I have a strong relationship with many of the districts’ families and I can help to bridge the gap between them and the district.I understand the commitment to the time and energy required each week for meetings, phone calls, conversations, visits to schools, and professional development seminars and workshops.I already do that with the families that I work with and can continue to do that for the board.I ha…
Carpenters claim continued harassmentCarpenters, BOE settle contract buyout Amber Pittmanapittman@covnews.com Local school administrators Dennis and LaQuanda Carpenter will be paid nearly $70,000 following the Newton County Board of Education’s unanimous decision to release the couple from their contracts early. There was no official comment as to why what is essentially a contract buyout was required, but a position statement claiming continued harassment of the Carpenters was given to the board prior to a final agreement being reached. Dennis Carpenter is the deputy superintendent of operations for the school system and recently accepted the job of superintendent for the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo., while LaQuanda Carpenter is the principal of Alcovy High School. The couple is expected to move to Missouri soon. In the settlement, the Board of Education agreed that the Carpenters would each rec…
I am attempting to find information on the school board candidates. It has been much easier in the past. This year it has been more difficult.
Susan D. Coffman
Susan Coffman has served as the Outreach Program Coordinator and Finance Officer for Lee’s Summit CARES since 2008. She has been a mayor-appointed representative to the Human Services Advisory Board, facilitated alcohol retailer trainings, organized the annual Holly Festival with the DARE program, managed bookkeeping and accounting, and served as the community liaison between LS CARES and local business, universities and the cities.
Coffman’s financial background includes work as a customer support specialist at Jack Henry & Associates Inc. for 11 years and assistant vice president and customer support specialist at Merchants Bank for 17 years.
Her community activities include serving on the Human Services Advisory Board, Paradise Park Advisory Board, Lee’s Summit Social Services Board, former treasurer of Rotary Club of L…