Curtis Chandler, Kansas Teacher of the Year
When you’re the Kansas Teacher of the Year, your job description undergoes a change. Curtis Chandler (MS 2008) and his fellow regional Teacher of the Year winners have spent considerable time on the road since the award was announced in November, advocating their profession at gatherings like one held at Emporia State University in February.
Chandler teaches at Wamego Middle School. He and the regional Teachers of the Year (Nikki Chamberlain of Salina South High School, Jodi Testa of Lincoln Elementary School in Junction City, Lu Anne Vides of El Dorado Middle School, and Linda G. Wiersma of Sunflower Elementary School in Paola) fielded questions from Teachers College students, discussed ways to motivate students, manage behavior, inspire creativity and prevent burnout during a series of seminars in Visser Hall.
Admitting to concern about funding cuts for public schools that affect courses beyond the required reading and math subject areas, Chandler said teachers remain enthusiastic about their work. “Education is the single most important profession,” Chandler said.