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KNEA members named 2013 Kansas Master Teachers


Congratulations to the KNEA members who were chosen 2014 Kansas Master Teachers. They are:

  • Bonnie Austin, Dodge City NEA in Southwest UniServ, a secondary instructional coach at Dodge City High School in Dodge City.
  • John V. Bode, Lawrence EA in Prairie Fire UniServ, a third-grade teacher at New York Elementary in Lawrence
  • Signe Truelove, Emporia NEA in Six Rivers UniServ, a special education teacher at Emporia Middle School in Emporia.
  • Carla Varner, El Dorado NEA in Walnut Valley UniServ, a fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in El Dorado.
  • Kathleen Wilhite, Olathe NEA in Olathe UniServ, a retired math teacher from Olathe South High School in Olathe.
  • Maria Worthington, Blue Valley EA in Alliance UniServ, an English language arts teacher from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park (Blue Valley district).

Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1953. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers. To be eligible for nomination, each candidate must have served at least five years in schools in Kansas as a teacher or instructional leader, exemplified teaching or administrative effectiveness, and demonstrated the attitude and abilities specified in the National Education Association's Code of Ethics of the Educational Professional. Qualified candidates demonstrate these qualities by submitting an application documenting his or her educational philosophy, job performance, outstanding community service, continuous professional growth, exceptional school service and participation in professional organizations.

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