The Belton School District will welcome Laura Westhusin as the assistant principal of the new Belton Middle School and Freshman Center for the 2014-15 school year.
Westhusin comes to Belton from the Fort Osage School District, where she has served as the district’s Instructional Facilitator for the last eight years. In this role, she has worked as both a mentor facilitator and building level instructional coach. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fort Osage Teaching and Learning Academy for new teachers, which has resulted in a 93 percent retention rate for first year teachers in that district.
“Belton School District is a progressive district serious about student learning,” Westhusin said. “I want to be a part of a district that supports 21st century learning and I believe the 1:1 environment will change education.”
Westhusin has her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Reading from the University of Missouri and Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration from the University of Central Missouri.
“I am very excited for the first day of school. It is a new beginning and a new adventure where everything is possible.” Westhusin said. “My priority is to get to know the students, staff and parents. I want to be a part of a team that ensures every student is achieving their goals and I hope I can be a resource for that process.”