Ivette Kinney, lead teacher Pre-K at the Child Development Center, is recognized by UNK Staff Senate with the Employee Achievement Award for December. Kinney has been employed at UNK for three years.
The Employee Achievement Award recognizes staff for exemplary service and notable contributions to their department and UNK community, embracing an attitude of teamwork, commitment to excellence, contributing to high staff morale and other notable awards or recognition on and off campus.
Comments from those who nominated Kinney:
“Being a lead teacher at the Child Development Center not only entails being responsible for the care of the children in the classroom, it also includes being a supervisor and role model for the student teachers at the center. Ivette performs both roles each day with care and thoughtfulness to ensure both children and student teachers have a fun, yet meaningful, experience at the center.”
“This fall the CDC implemented a new Pre-K curriculum. Ivette has been instrumental in making this transition successful. The time and effort she has put towards facilitating the new activities and ensuring the children are receiving the best experience possible is beyond measure.
“Ivette has done a wonderful job of including the student teachers in the day-to-day tasks of caring for the children and emphasizes to them how important their contribution is to providing high quality care to the children and for the new curriculum to be successfully facilitated.”
“Because of Ivette’s efforts, the children are experiencing activities that help develop social and educational skills. At the same time the student teachers are able to observe and participate in an Early Childhood curriculum that they may use after graduation from UNK. It is the commitment Ivette has shown towards learning the new curriculum and implementing the activities that makes the experience for the children and student teachers so important.”