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Laura Lucier receives the USD 232 Making a Difference Award

MAD Winner February 2022
From left: Great American Bank Vice President Matt LIttle; USD 232 Making a Difference nominator Kim Pew; Great American Bank Vice President Shelby Lathrom; USD 232 Making a Difference honoree Laura Lucier; USD 232 Superintendent Frank Harwood; USD232EF Board President Norm Messner; CTEC Principal Andrea West.

March 29, 2022

Congratulations to Laura Lucier, an early childhood teacher at Cedar Trails Exploration Center, for being named the USD 232 Making a Difference Award winner for February 2022!

Laura joined USD 232 in 1999. With a combined 32 years of teaching experience, both in the district and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, she has spent a majority of that time as a preschool special education teacher. She has taught in several buildings in the district, including: Countryside Preschool, Woodsonia, Starside, Prairie Ridge, Belmont, and now in the new Cedar Trails Exploration Center. She has spent time training early childhood staff on the importance of play in child development and, in addition, has tailored classroom instruction to meet individual learner needs.

Here is an excerpt from one of her nominations:

I would love to nominate my son’s special education preschool teacher, Mrs. Laura Lucier for “Making A Difference.” She makes learning fun by providing different learning strategies. Her students love her because of her gentleness and patience towards them. My son wouldn’t be where he is at today (academically) without her help. She teaches with love and guidance and makes every child feel loved.

The USD 232 Making a Difference award was created to celebrate the exceptional teachers and staff at USD 232 who are truly “making a difference in the lives of young people. The school district and the USD 232 Education Foundation present the monthly Making a Difference Award cooperatively with the program being sponsored by Great American Bank in De Soto.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Making a Difference Award for the month of March. Nominations are due March 31, 2022. Monthly entries are encouraged as new nominations are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Making a Difference Nomination Form