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Skyla Wehkamp

Position: Retiring Principal
School: Florence Wilson Elementary School
School District: USD 457- Garden City Public Schools
City, State: Garden City, KS

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Skyla Wehkamp was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

Mrs. Wehkamp has been a wonderful, inspiring leader at Florence Wilson Elementary School. She has spent 21 years at USD 457. Over the course of her long career in education, she has had a tremendous influence on the many lives of those she has encountered. She has been an exceptional leader who taught her students and staff to do everything with a passion.

Mrs. Wehkamp has been instrumental in providing students with well-rounded educations that go beyond the classroom. She has brought attention to the social-emotional wellbeing of her students and the responsibility of being civically-engaged individuals. Over her tenure as principal, she has strengthened the Soaring Eagles group. Soaring Eagles conducts monthly community service projects and takes students to the State Capitol to learn and present about what the Florence Wilson Eagles are doing to be more civically engaged. The group also created a tradition of supporting students in need by raising funds for foster students so that they may have a Christmas season filled with love and memories.

These are just a few examples of how Mrs. Wehkamp has helped her students and staff grow. The list is as endless as her impact. Mrs. Wehkamp has also conducted herself in a way that shows high moral and ethical standards. She is always doing what is best for the students, even if it is the more difficult path. She has never been one to take the easy way and is always seeking out ideas and feedback to help with student success.

"Florence Wilson Elementary has been lucky to have such a wonderful individual at the helm for so many years. We are all better individuals because of her," said her nominator.

Comments (3)

Jennifer Armstrong Posted over a year ago

I cannot think of a lady more deserving of this award!! She gave her everything to the students and staff at Florence Wilson. She went above and beyond just giving our kids a good education. She cares about the whole child and the whole person she is working with. I have learned so much from Mrs Wehkamp and am beyond blessed to have had the honor of working with her. She will truly be missed by all of us. Congratulations Skyla!!

Dr. Peggy (Foster) Woodall Posted over a year ago

Skyla was a student of mine at Abe Hubert Junior High. She was always a delightful young lady and enjoyable to be with. I am so proud of her and the positive path she followed as she helped so many children and students In their educational endeavors. It is a privilege to say I know her and to recognize her achievements at USD 457.

Tracy Leiker Posted over a year ago

This is well deserved! So proud to call you my friend.