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  • School counselors nab awards

  • A Raytown middle school counselor and a Lee's Summit administrator have been selected as among the best in Kansas City.



    Sandy Playter, a counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, was selected as the

    Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.

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  • A Raytown middle school counselor and a Lee's Summit administrator have been selected as among the best in Kansas City.
    Sandy Playter, a counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, was selected as the
    Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.
    “I have had a wonderful career with many amazing colleagues in my buildings and in the Greater Kansas City and State organizations,” she said. “I attended CMS when it was a junior high school from sixth through ninth grade, and I love to
    brag that my ninth grade class raised the money for the mural to be painted.”
    In addition to Playter, Katie Collier, the assistant superintendent of elementary instruction for the Lee’s Summit School District, was named the Guidance Director of the Year by the association. Within the Lee’s Summit School District, Collier supervises counselors at elementary schools. An educator for 20 years, she has worked for Lee’s Summit for 17 years. Before becoming the district’s assistant superintendent of elementary instruction, she served as principal for Lee’s Summit Elementary and Underwood Elementary; the district’s coordinator for gifted education; assistant principal at Cedar Creek and Pleasant Lea Elementary; and as a teacher at Underwood Elementary.
    “The counselor is imperative to the lives and development of our children,” Collier said. “Moments change lives. The moments R-7 counselors spend with children and families impacts the positive direction of a child's life in ways they may never know. I am fortunate to work closely with and learn from this incredibly dedicated group of individuals who are willing to constantly go above and beyond for the benefit of children.”
    Playter taught preschool and spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom before starting her career in counseling. In 1988, Playter began as a counselor at Boone Elementary School in the Center School District. She joined the Raytown School District as a counselor for Raytown Middle School in 1996. In 2008, Playter moved to her alma mater, Raytown Central Middle School, after it reopened as a middle school.
    “Sandy makes extraordinary contributions daily in her role as school counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, and she willingly shares her talents and gifts and lets her expertise shine through helping others,” Carmen Sambursky, secretary at Raytown Central Middle School, wrote in the nomination packet. “She has a strong commitment and dedication to students, parents and staff.”
    Playter extends her time and talents beyond counseling. She directs the Spotlight Singers, a group of approximately 20 students who meet twice a week to practice and perform. Each winter and spring she takes the Spotlight Singers to various retirement homes in the area to perform for the senior citizens. Each year, the students are told how much enjoyment their performance brings to the residents.
    Page 2 of 3 - Playter has also been the secretary of the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association since 2005.
    By Kelly Evenson
    kelly.evenson@examiner.net
    A Raytown middle school counselor and a Lee's Summit administrator have been selected as among the best in Kansas City.
    Sandy Playter, a counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, was selected as the
    Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.
    “I have had a wonderful career with many amazing colleagues in my buildings and in the Greater Kansas City and State organizations,” she said. “I attended CMS when it was a junior high school from sixth through ninth grade, and I love to
    brag that my ninth grade class raised the money for the mural to be painted.”
    In addition to Playter, Katie Collier, the assistant superintendent of elementary instruction for the Lee’s Summit School District, was named the Guidance Director of the Year by the association. Within the Lee’s Summit School District, Collier supervises counselors at elementary schools. An educator for 20 years, she has worked for Lee’s Summit for 17 years. Before becoming the district’s assistant superintendent of elementary instruction, she served as principal for Lee’s Summit Elementary and Underwood Elementary; the district’s coordinator for gifted education; assistant principal at Cedar Creek and Pleasant Lea Elementary; and as a teacher at Underwood Elementary.
    “The counselor is imperative to the lives and development of our children,” Collier said. “Moments change lives. The moments R-7 counselors spend with children and families impacts the positive direction of a child's life in ways they may never know. I am fortunate to work closely with and learn from this incredibly dedicated group of individuals who are willing to constantly go above and beyond for the benefit of children.”
    Playter taught preschool and spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom before starting her career in counseling. In 1988, Playter began as a counselor at Boone Elementary School in the Center School District. She joined the Raytown School District as a counselor for Raytown Middle School in 1996. In 2008, Playter moved to her alma mater, Raytown Central Middle School, after it reopened as a middle school.
    “Sandy makes extraordinary contributions daily in her role as school counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, and she willingly shares her talents and gifts and lets her expertise shine through helping others,” Carmen Sambursky, secretary at Raytown Central Middle School, wrote in the nomination packet. “She has a strong commitment and dedication to students, parents and staff.”
    Playter extends her time and talents beyond counseling. She directs the Spotlight Singers, a group of approximately 20 students who meet twice a week to practice and perform. Each winter and spring she takes the Spotlight Singers to various retirement homes in the area to perform for the senior citizens. Each year, the students are told how much enjoyment their performance brings to the residents.
    Page 3 of 3 - Playter has also been the secretary of the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association since 2005.
     
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