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Raytown Sandy Playter selected Counselor of the Year.

playter_awardedRaytown Central Middle School Counselor Sandy Playter (left) was selected as the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.

Playter taught pre-school and spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom before starting her career in counseling.  In 1988, Playter began as a counselor at Boone Elementary School in the Center School District. 

She joined the Raytown School District as a counselor for Raytown Middle School in 1996.  In 2008, Playter moved to her alma mater, Raytown Central Middle School (CMS), after it reopened as a middle school.

“I attended CMS when it was in junior high school from 6th through 9th grade,” Playter said.  “I love to brag that my 9th grade class raised the money for the mural to be painted.”

In Playter’s nomination packet, Central Middle Secretary Carmen Sambursky (right) said, “Sandy makes extraordinary contributions daily in her role as School Counselor at Raytown Central Middle School, and she willingly shares her talents and gifts and lets her expertise shine through helping others.  She has a strong commitment and dedication to students, parents, and staff.”

Playter extends her time and talents beyond counseling.  She directs the Spotlight Singers; a group of approximately 20 students who meet twice a week to sing and perform.  Each winter and spring she takes the Spotlight Singers to various retirement homes in the area to perform for the senior citizens.  Each year, the students are told how much enjoyment their performance brings to the residents. 

Playter has also been the secretary of the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association since 2005.

“I have had a wonderful career with many amazing colleagues in my buildings and in the Greater Kansas City and State organizations,” Playter said.  Though she is nearing the end of her career, Playter believes that she is “beginning to become a good counselor.” 

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