Joanna Hlavacek (K-12 education reporter)

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

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Gia Mickle, 7, looks for the perfect pocket to slip in one of her art pieces during a trip to Arizona Trading Co., 736 Massachusetts St., on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Mickle, aka "Foxie," is one of several young artists taking part in this week's "Guerrilla Art" camp for elementary students at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Jack Hood, left, Lawrence Public Schools' 2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year, poses with his $1,000 check and Tim Mock, right, Truity Credit Union's business development officer, during the Teacher of the Year ceremony Wednesday at Lawrence High School. Superintendent Kyle Hayden surprised Hood, a history and economics teacher at LHS, with the district's annual award that morning.

More than 70 people attend a talk on racial equity in Lawrence public schools, “Fixing Lawrence’s Achievement Gap,” at the Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday.

Abdullah Ahmed, an eighth-grader at Southwest Middle School, explains the layout of a re-imagined Jakarta he helped build as part of his school's eighth-grade Future City team, on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

"The Convent," a former Sisters of Charity convent owned by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, rests on steel support beams after being moved down the street by construction workers on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The old house, now located at 1229 Vermont St., was moved from its original location near 12th and Kentucky streets to make way for St. John Catholic School's new gymnasium. The project is the first of the school's upcoming $3.3 million renovation, slated for completion by winter 2017.

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