Seven Columbia Public Schools’ educators have been selected as this year’s Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees.
Since its inception in the 1979‐80 school year, the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence has served to recognize more than 250 educators in the Columbia Public School District for their outstanding teaching, leadership and support for students. Each year, educators are selected from nominations submitted by parents and peers as outstanding educators. This year’s honorees and their respective categories are:
Outstanding Elementary Educator, Grades PreK‐2
Trina Liebhart, New Haven Elementary School
Outstanding Elementary Educator, Grades 3‐5
Nikki Kunkel, Cedar Ridge Elementary School
Outstanding Middle School Educator
Jamie Lazechko, Lange Middle School
Outstanding High School Educator
Andrew Kinslow, Rock Bridge High School
Outstanding Beginning Teacher
Rebekah Terrell, Douglass High School
Outstanding Educator in a Specialized Area
Sharon Stemmons, Mill Creek Elementary School
Lori Osborne, CPS Health Services Coordinator
Honorees receive a $1,500 cash award and an engraved silver tray.
The fund began through the work of Ray and Jeanne Lewis, with an initial contribution and extensive fundraising efforts. The late Mr. Lewis was a local attorney and former Board of Education member.
Mrs. Lewis is a former teacher. Thanks to the contributions and support from individuals, businesses and organizations, Columbia’s best educators continued to be recognized each year for their contributions to young people.
The Columbia Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or use of leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities, or with regard to employment. The Columbia Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer. Inquiries regarding Columbia Public Schools’ compliance with IDEA and Section 504 regulations should contact Special Services at 1818 West Worley, Columbia MO, 65203 (573) 214-3462.