Summer Slice Vol. II

LA Staff News

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Patterson

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Please, text me some picts of your summer! Whether you're just sitting by the pool or decluttering your kids' closets, keep us posted! It is a great way to introduce you to our new staff. Mrs. Patterson has a big summer that involves travel, moving her mother to Kansas City from overseas, spending time with her family, and other summer bucket list items!!

Mrs. Patterson is transitioning from an Academy teacher to be in charge of our Long Term Suspension program. She has a lot of ideas and experiences that have allowed her to create a vision for that space that will allow us to help students succeed.

Can anyone guess where she is now by this picture???????

New: Parent Education Newsletters

Ok, I'm a little too excited about this topic. While we often find ourselves in reactive mode, I am thrilled to be able to push out some parent education newsletters this year. Good stuff for all parents, especially me! Take a peak at one or two if you have time!

Project-Based Learning Professional Development

Every year the District brings in a trainer to help our teachers understand the project-based framework according to the Buck Institute ( Many of the LA staff have been trained.

Project-based learning is not for the faint of heart. While we have our own style of PBL, if you want to grow in your ability to work with students in a PBL setting, then this is for you!

One of my favorite parts is that our trainer is from a school that is PBL AND RESTORATIVE. She has been a great resource for us and understands us!

Who is interested in attending this training? Please let me know if you want more info!

Interested in Summer PD ($18/hour)

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Let Melissa Know If You Want More Info!

Upcoming Dates to Note

July 29th: zSpace training at Liberty North 8-11 (Paul and Nick....and one more if interested)

August 5th-7th: New teachers to Liberty report (none from LA)

August 6th: Registration (optional if you want to meet kids) 4:00-6:00

August 7th: Registration (optional if you want to meet kids) 8:00-1:00

August 8th: All teachers return.

August 14th: First day of school.

August 19th: Back to School Night 6:00-7:00

Liberty Academy Staff 2019-2020

Melissa Norris, Director

Debi Straws, Secretary

Lori Streu, Counselor

Andrea Johnson, Social Worker

Mark Krause, Interventionist

Eddie Richey, ISS Instructor

Justin Fetters, Security

Ted Maxwell, Safety

Christine Patterson, Long Term Suspension

Lisa Augustine, Missouri Option Program

Judy Smith, Alt. Ed. Teacher

Art Smith, Teacher

Chad Brinkmeyer, Teacher

Summer Kelley, Teacher

Nick Schwieder, Teacher

Paul Richardson, Teacher

Jared Haferbier, Special Education Teacher

Jodi Williams-Sipes, .75 Teacher

Zach Osborne, Teacher

Janet Knoke-LA Cafeteria

Stacey-LA Custodian

Kathy Wright-LMS Nurse

Ed Leal-Technology

Clayton Smith-LMS Head Custodian

Kim Sadler-LMS Cafeteria Manager