Kassi Maurer, High School Librarian, was recognized as the Maries Co. R 2 High School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Maurer started working for Belle High School in 2010 as an English teacher and moved into the librarian role in the fall of 2014.
"Kassi has put a ton of time into improving our Library, it is 100 times more kid/teacher and staff friendly than its ever been since I've been here. She goes way above and beyond for the students and for all of us. Kassie was a godsend when we lost Tony and even before, She is always bailing someone especially myself out of technical jams. I am amazed daily at her willingness to help and her involvement with our kids and us.
"She has worked really hard this year to fulfill the role of librarian, secretary, counselor, snack director, and technology director. She has covered classes for almost every teacher in the school, and is willing to jump in and help with anything asked of her. She is always smiling, even when she is being pulled in many directions. The students love spending time in the library with her and helping her with her many jobs. They can talk to her about the problems they are going through, even when it is way more than she wants to know! Kassi is definitely the most deserving of this award."
"Kassi has been an integral part of our students success. She has turned the library into a place where students can come to read, learn, and get support in general in many aspects of their life. She has dedicated her time to so many areas that not only help students but she also helps staff. She has helped staff in areas of technology; finding support research for ourselves or for our students. She has worked tirelessly to help everyone in this school and she should be recognized for her efforts."
"Kassi has gone above and beyond so much this year. Despite the needs in the library, Kassi is always available to help out. She has been the tech support, student support and staff support. She is always willing to cover a class. No matter how busy she is, she will help out a teacher or student. She has created a welcoming space in the library for the students. She has turned the Comfort Closet from a concept to a full room. Kassi has created a Maker's Space which rivals large schools. Not many schools can boast of having an engraving machine in the library! She is the expert on writing grants. She is constantly sending out tips and tutorials to help the staff. She is our Donors Choose Hero! I am so grateful for everything she does."\
We are sorry to share that Mrs. Maurer will be leaving the district at the end of the school year. She will be greatly missed. Words cannot describe how thankful for her dedication to our students!