Awards and Distinctions
Active Design Excellence Award
The Northland Innovation Center has been home to SAGE programs for students in grades K-8 since it opened in 2016. To design a space that would best meet the needs of gifted students, NKC Schools collaborated with Perkins + Will and Hoefer Wysocki Architects. The team aimed to reimagine a school setting in which its gifted education students are encouraged to work collaboratively. For its innovation, the SAGE Center has won an Active Design Excellence Award from Architectural Digest.
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Erin Nash Named Regional Teacher of the Year Honoree
Mrs. Erin Nash, a gifted education teacher, was named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for Kansas City in 2017. She was one of six honorees.
The Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year award is part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Missouri Teacher of the Year program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers in providing a quality education to their students. Preparing, developing and supporting effective educators is one of DESE's primary goals.
The Missouri Teacher of the Year program is conducted with financial support by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.
In a year with a record number of participants, Bell Prairie’s 5th grade SAGE team “Colorful Science” and teacher Julie Goldsberry made the Top 20 in the Battle of the Brains competition. Online public voting was involved with the final round of winners announced at Union Station November 30, 2017.