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The Northwest Missouri State University Kansas City Center recently awarded grants to seven teachers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Pictured left to right are Lindsay Gorden, Ulrike Hayes, Kristine Hoffman, Susannah Smith, Jillian Comstock and Sarah Barmann-Smith. Pictured below is Lori Mann.

The Northwest Missouri State University Kansas City Center recently awarded grants to seven teachers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Pictured left to right are Lindsay Gorden, Ulrike Hayes, Kristine Hoffman, Susannah Smith, Jillian Comstock and Sarah Barmann-Smith. Lori Mann is pictured below.

Aug. 23, 2011

Northwest Kansas City Center provides stimulus to area educators

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The Northwest Missouri State University Kansas City Center recently gave a boost to seven educators in the Kansas City metropolitan area by awarding them with teaching grants of up to $500 each for the upcoming school year.

"The pool of applications was rich with potential for increasing student achievement in K-12 settings," said Northwest Kansas City Center Director Dr. Terry Barmann. "The seven educators who were awarded the grants will be able to use the stimulus funds to make an impact on student success in school."

The winners were recognized during a reception Aug. 9 at the Northwest-Kansas City Center. The recipients, their schools and their grant projects are:

  • Ulrike Hayes, Kearney Middle School: "Lights, Camera, Action: A Life in a Middle School"
  • Susannah Smith, Kearney Elementary School: "Pollution and Its Effects on Our Environment"
  • Lindsay Gorden, Orrick Elementary School: "Reading to Learn: Enhancing Non-Fiction Literacy"
  • Jillian Comstock, Orrick Elementary School: "E-Readers in a Second Grade Classroom"
  • Sarah Barmann-Smith, Ft. Osage High School: "Reaching Out for Reading"
  • Lori Mann, Northland Career Center in Platte City: "Jump Start / Jump Drive"
  • Kristine Hoffman, West Platte R-II Jr./Sr. High School: "Math in the Mornings"

In these economic times, education budgets are under stress due to funding cuts. The grants, however, will assist these educators with helping their students achieve, Barmann said.

"The current state of education has created some challenges," Barmann said. "The Northwest Missouri State University Kansas City Center is excited to be able to award these grants to local educators. The goals of Northwest include promoting K-12 student achievement. When we can collaborate and work together, accomplishments can be realized in tough economic times."

The Northwest Kansas City Center is located at 8 Victory Lane in Liberty, MO 64068. The Kansas City Center offers 20 graduate degree and certificate programs including 19 in education ranging from master's, education specialist and education doctorate, as well as a master's of business administration.

Contact the Kansas City Center at 816.736.6600 or log on to www.nwmissouri.edu/kc.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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