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      Heartland teacher is recipient of exclusive award

      Every year the Governorâ??s Council on Disability combs through Missouri for organizations, business, technology and people that illustrate excellence in leadership for best inclusion practices. This year, Kirksville High Schoolâ??s Jamie Janes took the top honor for her involvement with the community based work experience program, the Special Olympics, Community Transition Team, the Peer Supports Grant, and the People First Advocate Program.

      â??You know I think it is a great honor. I'm usually not a big fan of awards. I just like to do my job every day. I would say my secret is having a great team of people around me. The administration and other teachers, parents, and job coaches that I get to work with every day really help make all the programs that I participate with a success,â?? said Jamie Janes a Kirksville High School Special Education Teacher.

      Jamie Janes has been with Kirksville R-III schools for 16 years. She has helped numerous disabled students transition from the classroom to the workplace with high rates of success. If you see her out in the community, be sure to congratulate her for this distinguished honor.