Colli Lawyer, a first-grade teacher at Prairie Ridge Elementary in Shawnee, received a $1,000 check Tuesday, Jan 22, from the Kansas chapter of the National Education Association as part of the Read to Achieve Award, sponsored by KCTV5.
Lawyer was selected as a winner because of her demonstrated commitment to education and the reasons provided for her nomination by former student Grant Schroeder. "She was my first-grade teacher, and now I am in third grade. She still helps me with my reading every week. We made lemonade together, and she took me to lunch once. She makes me laugh and makes learning OK. She is the best teacher ever. She always makes sure she has snacks that are safe for me to eat. She also gives me lots of hugs. I love Mrs. Lawyer,"
Colli was hired in 2005 as a Para educator at Prairie Ridge. She earned her Master’s degree from Rockhurst in Elementary Education in 2011. After serving as a student teacher at Prairie Ridge, she was hired as a first-grade teacher in August 2012.