Sub Spotlight: Karen Swanson

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I worked as a zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo for 7 years. I got my degree in environmental science at KU and worked as a naturalist at the Lawrence nature center for 3 years before taking a job at the zoo. I spent a lot of time doing the bird show and giving educational… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Ann Alexander

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Each month we like to highlight a substitute teacher who has a unique skill, hobby, or story. This month we are highlighting substitute teacher Ann Alexander. I learned woodworking when I was teaching at Lawrence HS. The woodshop teacher, Jay Hundley, taught me how to use all the shop equipment and let me use the… Read more »

MHED Team Member of the Month: Carol Schmidt

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  Every month, we highlight one of our staff members so you can get to know the MHED team a little bit better. This month we spoke with Carol Schmidt! Tell us about your family and your background. My husband and I have 2 kids and I have been at Morgan Hunter for 22 years…. Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Sommer Brecheisen

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  Two and a half years ago, Sommer Brecheisen set off on a 3,100-mile adventure with her boyfriend, their two dogs, and a friend. They had decided to hike the Continental Divide Trail, a trail that spans Canada to Mexico. “I thought the endeavor would be a good graduation gift to myself,” Sommer said. “I… Read more »

March Sub of the Month: Anne Quinly

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  Anne Quinly is no stranger to the classroom. Before becoming a substitute teacher with MHED, Anne taught in Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools for 30 years. “I taught one year in a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri while finishing my masters in behavior disorder/emotionally disturbed from the University of Missouri – Kansas City,”… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Marianne Tennant

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  As an actress, Marianne Tennant finds her skills from the stage work well in the classroom. “As a substitute, you have to be on because you never know what you are going to walk into.” Marianne has always had a passion for acting. As a child, she and her eight brothers and two sisters… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Laura Girard-Munroe

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  If Laura Girard-Munroe is going to do something, she goes “all out.” That’s why, after she began running 18 years ago to lose weight, her first races were a 12K and half-marathon. “I ran my first marathon because I entered a marathon naming contest in my hometown of Maryville, MO,” Laura said. “They picked… Read more »

Tips for Successfully Working with Special Education Students

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  Special education students are a part of the regular classroom environment — and for good reason. They deserve to feel included and to receive the same education as mainstream students. As a substitute teacher, it’s inevitable that you will have the opportunity to work with special needs students on many assignments. While this can… Read more »

January Sub Spotlight: George Blume

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  At an early age, George Blume’s father gave him some advice: If you want your community to be a better place, then YOU work to make it better. It’s wisdom that has guided George all his life. It’s what led him to 27 years as a volunteer firefighter. And 26 years as an Emergency… Read more »

December Sub Spotlight: Lolita Richard

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Lolita Richard was working on her degree in Elementary Education when her instructor challenged her to write a children’s book. “She asked, ‘with the growth of technology how do we keep students interested in books?’ I did some hard thinking and all I could come up with was to write interesting books, and that’s exactly… Read more »