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  • Congratulations to Ms. Kross for being chosen by her peers as the 2019 JWS Teacher of the Year!!

    Below are a couple words from other teachers at JWS about Ms. Kross...

    -Kayla's passion for her students is evident in all that she does for her students. Her genuine concern for students extends beyond her classroom as she is frequently noted advising other teachers and completing tasks to assist her entire team and grade level of students. She seeks assistance when needed and chooses to benchmark with other grade level teachers to evaluate what others are doing, reflect upon her own practices and to strengthen critical areas of her student's education as needed. She is an excellent teacher and colleague.

    -I am nominating Kayla because she always has a smile on her face and remains positive even when things get tough.

    -Kayla is always such a positive teacher with her children! She is such an awesome example for her students. She sets high expectations with realistic goals.

    -Kayla goes above and beyond the call of duty and expectation as a teacher. Even just recently "graduating" out of BT (Beginning Teacher) status doesn't deter her from stepping up and helping wherever she can! She is always willing to step up and do what is needed for her students and for her fellow colleagues. I am honored to work and learn beside her!

    -Kayla has a gift for working with students with special behavioral needs. Her students also show a great deal of growth, particularly in reading each year. She is always willing to help students and colleagues and has a permanent smile of her face that inspires others to remain positive.

    JWS TOY 3rd Grade Team

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