October 23, 2020 – Webster Elementary School Kindergarten teacher Jenny Spurgeon was recognized as September 2020 Kahok Educator of the Month on Friday, October 23. The award was presented by Edward Jones Representative Jason Rehg and Webster Principal Alison Schumacher.
“It is my pleasure to select Jenny Spurgeon as Kahok September Educator of the Month,” said Principal Schumacher, “Although I have only worked with Mrs. Spurgeon for three months as her administrator, I have quickly come to know that her name and presence are well known in Webster Elementary and throughout Kahok Nation. She was selected for this honor in conjunction with her former administrator, Brad Snow and myself.”
Mrs. Schumacher wrote:
“During the short time I have known her, I have witnessed Mrs. Spurgeon’s professionalism both as a kindergarten teacher and as an advocate for all students and staff. It is apparent that in addition to her deep knowledge of professional educational practices, she also has an intrinsic understanding of the importance of building effective relationships with multiple stakeholders in creating positive outcomes for her students.
Jenny’s willingness to learn new and effective ways to reach all students is another significant reason why she was chosen for this honor. Jenny continuously models flexibility while instructing students in both the fully remote and hybrid settings. She is consistently shown modeling the Kahok creed in all arenas as well. Her passion for her students and their learning is evident in everything she does.Throughout her daily lessons, each student is planned for thoughtfully; with a true understanding of their individual strengths and ways in which to scaffold on his/her previous knowledge.
Furthermore, Jenny is a remarkable role model for other staff members, using self-reflection to guide her practice with our students and their families. In addition to working with her students, Jenny is also effectively able to work alongside other team members at Webster to create an atmosphere that is truly child-centered. She exhibits ethical and professional behavior at all times, while finding joy in the simple daily interactions with each person and child.
Mrs. Spurgeon is more than deserving of this award. “
The presentation of the September award was delayed due to factors surrounding the unconventional start of the 2020-21 school year. Local Edward Jones Representative Jason Rehg sponsors the award each month during the school year to recognize outstanding educators in Collinsville CUSD 10.