KCPS Recognizes Terrific Teammates

Honorees include heroic bus driver


Kansas City, March 15, 2018: The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored three employees as Terrific Teammates during a meeting Wednesday, March 14 at Success Academy at Knotts.

Cedric Townsend, Instructional Paraprofessional at Success Academy at Knotts

Cedric was nominated by Principal Robert Lee for his positive attitude, support of student achievement, execution of assignments and adherence to procedures. He serves as a well-loved and highly respected mentor and guide for many of the students here, particularly the young men, many of whom see him as a big brother. Mr. Townsend is firm and empathetic. He’s known for going the extra mile for students and staff. He takes steps every day to help and support people across the school. Mr. Lee talks about the fact that Cedric does so many things around the school that few people know his actual title. The real question is, what doesn’t he do. He is one of the columns that support the family here at Knotts.

Kim Simmons, School Transportation Operator for First Student

Ms. Simmons was nominated for this honor by Transportation Office staff for her extraordinary performance of duties during a terrible event. On February 8, she was transporting approximately 30 students home from Melcher Elementary School. At the intersection of 45th Street and Elmwood, gunfire erupted from a nearby passing gun battle between two vehicles. Ms. Simmons remained calm, made sure her students were safe, kept them in their seats and followed our procedures by relocating her bus to a safe location.

At that point, she realized that one of the bus windows had been hit by a bullet. She cleverly kept the students distracted and entertained while emergency personal were dispatched, the scene was secured and parents were called. Her commitment to procedures most likely prevented injuries because students might have been hit by the bullet if they weren’t all seated appropriately. Her calm demeanor and quick actions also minimized the trauma for the students. She demonstrated true excellence that afternoon.

Sandra Fette, Executive Administrative Secretary to the Superintendent

Sandra was nominated by Dr. Bedell for her years of remarkable service as the Secretary for the Board of Directors. Her term as Board Secretary began in July 2012 and continued until June took over the position earlier this school year. Over those five-plus years, Sandra spent countless hours – including many late nights and weekends – making sure the Board’s business was handled effectively and efficiently and in line with all state and federal laws and regulations. She was the first point of contact for many members of the public. She coordinated schedules for the Board members, made sure meeting notices were posted in a timely and appropriate manner, kept records, planned meetings and events, and worked closely with Superintendents and members of the Communications and Community Engagement team. Sandra is highly respected among her peers and is a leader in the International Association of Administrative Professionals.