KANSAS CITY — Antioch Middle School teacher Cindy Woods was honored with Christa McAuliffe Pioneer in Education Award from the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The award is given each year to one outstanding educator in the Northland that exemplifies innovation, motivation and spirit demonstrated by the late Christa McAuliffe, states a release.
After 34 years in education, 29 years at Antioch, Woods retired at the end of the school year.
“Woods worked tirelessly with parents dealing with technological challenges this year during virtual learning. Woods ensured all issues were resolved, working individually with parents as they came in for help or even driving to their homes for a front porch consult,” states a school district release. “Woods is known for her compassion for students. When Woods became aware a student couldn’t afford cheerleading shoes, she not only purchased the shoes, but upon further investigation, discovered the family was experiencing food insecurity for an upcoming holiday. Woods and her husband took it upon themselves to collect food and deliver it to the family. In another instance, Woods displayed patience, kindness, and determination in supporting a student suffering from depression. The student and family are grateful for Woods, saying she showed the student a light of hope.”