In just four years as a special education teacher at Truman High School in Independence, Mo., Kara Schoff has been referred to as “a positive force in her school and community,” “the total package” and simply an “amazing teacher and person.” She’s also been recognized as both the building and the district teacher of the year—honors she took home during the 2016-17 school year.
Not bad for someone still fairly fresh out of college. Actually, it’s not bad for anyone at any stage of a teaching career. And now Schoff is adding another honor to her growing list: Blue KC Sporting Samaritan.
“It’s an honor,” said Schoff, 26, who graduated from the University of Central Missouri before being hired as a special education teacher at Truman. “I love being able to teach daily living skills to my students that will transfer over with them after graduation and also working with a staff that has turned into a family.”
As a special education teacher, Schoff focuses on teaching her students how to live independently and gain employment. With her students, Schoff practices skills such as rolling silverware, being a hostess, providing child and animal care, performing first aid and other skills that will allow them to live more autonomously after high school. And with each of the practical lessons, Schoff tries to instill related life lessons, as well.