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Fort Osage School District

Hear from Simo Atagi about how he uses his love of teaching and coaching to be a role model for his students.

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Meet Simo Atagi

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  • 10th Grade World History Teacher



  • Assistant Football Coach

Teacher Certification Program

    Why I Teach

    I became a teacher because of a couple of great educators I had when I was a student here at Fort Osage High School. I grew up thinking that college wasn't really an option for me. I had great teachers and mentors who helped me make college a priority. They helped me to find ways to make it happen. These teachers also helped me understand that if I was willing to put in the work, I could choose just about any career path that I wanted to pursue. Because of the positive affect that those teachers had on me, I chose to pursue a career in education. My hope is that I have that same or similar affect on at least one student in each of my classes.

    By the Numbers

    • 5,000

      Dedicated Students

    • 379


    • 11

      Schools in District

    About Fort Osage School District

    • About

      The Fort Osage School District is a suburban district located in eastern Jackson County that serves a diverse population of approximately 5,000 students. The district's mission is: Together with parents and the community, we prepare all students to be successful in life. We live our mission by providing a caring environment coupled with high expectations to meet the individual needs of all students. Teachers consistently use technology, problem-based learning, innovative practices, and standards-based grading to assist students in reaching their full potential. Teachers are involved in many professional development opportunities, and the mentoring program supports our new teachers.

    • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

      The Fort Osage School District's Board of Education works to ensure a strong fund balance so that we can offer competitive salaries and benefits for all of our staff. We offer fully paid health insurance, long-term disability insurance and a $50,000 life insurance policy. There are also many voluntary benefits available.

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