By Susan Sexton
Laura Maxwell is an affluential woman, cheerfully and enthusiastically contributing her time and talents in a variety of ways that benefit so many people in Lee’s Summit. Wife, mother, business-owner, educator, editor, and humanitarian – just some of the ways Laura engages in the community.
Laura grew up in Mexico, Missouri. After graduating from Mizzou, she began working in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District as a middle school English teacher. She and her husband were drawn to Lee’s Summit because of its small town feel and consistency of culture - the promotion and practice of shared beliefs and values.
As a middle school English teacher for 10 years, Laura believes one of her main strengths was in helping her eighth-grade students become better writers.
Laura also expresses that “teaching middle school students provided me the opportunity to become adept at handling diverse needs and managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously. If you can successfully guide a group of hormonal adolescents to individual and collective growth, that’s management!”
After 10 years in the classroom, Laura moved into administration and became the Director of Partners in Education and also the Library Media Director.
As the Director of Partners in Education, Laura encourages and promotes opportunities for Lee’s Summit students to connect and build relationships with local businesses. Business professionals can be lunch buddies or reading buddies with younger students, volunteering their time in the school. Older students might have opportunities to job shadow, providing them with insight into different careers and also to assess which careers are best suited to match their strengths, interests, and desires.
One of the main objectives of Partners in Education is for students to understand the relevance and application of the objectives and skills they are learning in school to the business world. Over 250 local businesses currently participate in Partners In Education in the Lee’s Summit School District.
Laura also is the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Library Media Director and Character Education Director.
Outside of the school district, Laura volunteers her time for a variety of worthwhile community organizations and charities.
Laura is a long-time contributor/planner of the St. Luke’s Foundation Boo Ball event. This themed event benefits a new St. Luke’s East Hospital department each year, ranging from the NICU to the Emergency Department. The Boo Ball is held in October and has become a premier charity event for the Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities.
Mantels and Martinis is a unique tour experience that benefits Special Olympics and the New Longview Foundation. Laura helps plan and implement this annual event where purchased “tickets” are actually hand-painted martini glasses. This popular holiday tour showcases elaborately decorated fireplace mantels, and guests can taste a holiday martini and hors d’oeuvre at each stop.
Melanie Grace Kickin’ Against Cancer is a memorial soccer game originated by the LSHS Lady Tigers Soccer team, and Laura diligently helps plan the event. T-shirt sales, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle raise funds for a KC Metro child diagnosed with cancer during this spring event.
Laura also volunteers with Lee’s Summit CARES, an organization dedicated to healthy parenting, character development, and substance abuse and violence prevention. Laura helps plan and implement Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent, a talent competition in which the winning performer receives a $5000 scholarship!
Laura and her husband are co-owners of SNAP Fitness located near 150 and Ward Road. This 24/7 fitness center offers quality workouts with no contracts to sign and access to all SNAP Fitness gyms worldwide.
In her “free” time, Laura enjoys golfing and spending time with friends and family.
Laura’s community spirit, cheerfulness, and humanitarian heart certainly make her a remarkably engaging person and valuable resource for our kids and our town!
For more information about how you and your business can become involved in Partners In Education, or for more information about the charities, you can contact Laura at 916-986-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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