Two Northeast teachers honored during Inclusive Schools Week

Kitt Wells and Jenny Knipping were honored by Down Syndrome Advocates in Action during...
Kitt Wells and Jenny Knipping were honored by Down Syndrome Advocates in Action during Inclusive Schools Week for promoting inclusion in Northeast Elementary school.(Kearney Public Schools)
Published: Dec. 10, 2022 at 2:16 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (Press Release) - Kitt Wells and Jenny Knipping were honored by Down Syndrome Advocates in Action during Inclusive Schools Week for promoting inclusion in Northeast Elementary school.

The teachers were nominated by the family of Jordyn Lucius, a student at the school writing:

“Kitt is an understanding, compassionate, and loving human being! She has grown a bond with Jordyn that is so rich with love that Jordyn fondly says she is her best friend. Kitt not only offered to transfer with Jordyn when we moved t a new school district, but she is always helpful in assisting Jordyn’s needs and always makes her feel comfortable and included. Because of this, Jordyn is making insane strides with her academics and talking/signing. We are blessed to have Kitt – she is an asset to the school and to Jordyn!”

In addition to Kitt, the family wrote about Jordyn’s teacher, Jenny Knipping, stating:

“Jordyn is the only kid with down syndrome in her school. Her teacher Mrs. Knipping has opened a line of communication to help Jordyn transition into a new school, teachers, students, and setting. She has gone above and beyond to ensure Jordyn will be successful this school year! We are blessed to have her this school year!”

According to the Down syndrome Advocates in Action, this annual event was created to celebrate the progress schools have made toward providing a quality education for our increasingly diverse student population and those students marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economics status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.

Inclusive Schools Week provides an opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss and initiate practices to further ensure schools continue to improve their goal of successfully educating ALL children. The award letter states, “This is a wonderful opportunity to involve all teachers and students in recognizing and embracing the differences in each of us. There are several free resources and celebration ideas on the http: //inclusiveschools.org website that heighten awareness of inclusion and celebrate our diverse classrooms.”