Kansas Master Teacher celebration on Wednesday

March 28, 2014

Teaching is cause for celebration at Emporia State University on Wednesday during Master Teacher Day. The seven members of the 2014 class will be on hand to present a seminar then receive their awards at an evening banquet.

The 2014 Kansas Master Teachers, who were announced earlier this month, are:

  • Bonnie Austin, secondary instructional coach at Dodge City High School;
  • John V. Bode, third-grade teacher at New York Elementary School in Lawrence;
  • Lori Gunzelman, seventh-grade math teacher at Andover Central Middle School;
  • Signe Truelove, special education teacher at Emporia Middle School;
  • Carla Varner, fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School;
  • Kathleen Wilhite, retired math teacher at Olathe South High School; and
  • Maria Worthington, English Language Arts teacher at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park.

The seminar, “Master Teachers: Reflecting Excellence,” will be at 2:30 p.m. in the W.S. and E.C. Jones Conference Center in Visser Hall on the Emporia State campus. Reservations for the award banquet are closed.

Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.

Since 1980, Bank of America has pledged more than $100,000 to permanently endow the Kansas Master Teacher awards. In 1984, the Black family of Broken Bow, Okla., established an endowed chair for Kansas Master Teachers. The fund provides a stipend to bring two Master Teachers to ESU for part of a semester. During this time, the teachers present to classes of education students.

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