Joanna Hlavacek (K-12 education reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the K-12 education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod, right, speaks to students during KU's Multicultural Student Government "Straight Talk" program on Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Kansas Union. MSG chief of staff Andrew Davis, left, served as moderator of the forum, which focused on retention rates.

Fifth-grade teacher — and new dad — Brandon Daley gets a congratulatory snuggle from his one-month-old daughter, Wren, after receiving the Lawrence district's Horizon Award on Friday at Woodlawn Elementary School. The annual award, which comes with a $250 check from Truity Credit Union, is given to outstanding novice educators in their second year of teaching. Also pictured: interim superintendent Anna Stubblefield, left, and Tim Mock of Truity Credit Union. Daley joined the Woodlawn teaching staff last year after completing his student teaching at Sunflower Elementary.

Hamilton Lewis, a 2005 graduate of Free State High School, speaks to a packed ballroom Friday, Sept. 15, at the Lawrence Schools Foundation's annual community breakfast at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel, 200 McDonald Drive. Lewis, who grew up dreaming about the worlds in his favorite sci-fi movies, now works as a senior pre-visualization artist at The Third Floor, Inc. in Los Angeles, and in the past has worked for DreamWorks Animation.

The former Epsilon Beta chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, located at 1100 Indiana St., is pictured Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Katy Townley, left, helps her 3-year-old daughter Livia pick out an apple Thursday, June 15, 2017, during lunchtime at the Lawrence Public Library's "Fuel Up 4 Summer" site. The library, 707 Vermont St., is one of several sites for Fuel Up 4 Summer, which offers free meals for kids between the ages of 1 and 18 during the summer months.

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