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Mrs. Gartner is KAIRS Teacher of the Year

posted Jan 26, 2012, 9:32 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 26, 2012, 12:01 PM ]
Mrs. Rayanne GartnerKAIRS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Gartner has been selected as the KAIRS Teacher of the Year.  The Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools (KAIRS) represents more than 36,000 Kansas school children and 22,000 families in 140 Christian, Catholic, Independent, Lutheran and Seventh-day Adventist schools.  Mrs. Gartner will be recognized at a special banquet at the annual KAIRS Conference on February 6, 2012 in Topeka.  This recognition is a state-wide confirmation of what we here at Zion already know—Mrs. Gartner is truly an outstanding teacher. 

 Mrs. Rayanne Gartner has served as preschool director and teacher at Zion Lutheran School since 2004, and before that she served for seven years as our preschool aide.  Her commitment to each student and their foundational learning, the scripture curriculum that she has written to incorporate home and school, and her classroom management techniques have led parents year after year to refer to Mrs. Gartner as “the best preschool director and teacher in Independence.”

Establishing an environment where students feel respected, valued, loved by God and are also challenged with high academic and behavior standards is Mrs. Gartner’s forte.  She tailors her instruction to each student.  Upon entering her classroom it is immediately apparent that she loves being with her students and they love her as a teacher. Authentic learning takes place because children are confident and secure. 

Mrs. Gartner is committed to sharing the Gospel message not only with her students but with their families as well.  She believes that God designed the family for the express purpose of nurturing the faith of their children.  Lutheran schools exist to support families in this important God given role.  To make this a reality, Mrs. Gartner proposed that each family receive a copy of The Beginner’s Bible as a gift from the school.  She reads the stories from this Bible in class and each week sends home a letter to the families sharing important background information and faith messages about the story.  Her letters encourage families to read from their “school Bible” at home for daily devotions.

Mrs. Gartner has a thorough understanding of early childhood education and the importance of play.  She structures her classroom schedule to reflect this philosophy and provides many enriching opportunities as well as providing time for her students to experiment and learn by doing.  She teaches her students to try everything and to never give up.  Her students graduate with all the necessary behavioral and academic skills to be successful in kindergarten.   

Whatever the task, Mrs. Gartner completes it thoroughly, proficiently and professionally.  This is true for the things she does for her students, her co-workers, and throughout our church family and community.  

Thank you Mrs. Gartner for your faithful service and commitment to sharing the love of Jesus!