Significant gift, Docking speech highlights of National Teachers Hall of Fame induction banquet

June 13, 2011

The presentation of a significant gift and remarks by a former chair of the Kansas Board of Regents are just two highlights of the banquet preceding the induction ceremonies of the 20th class into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

The NTHF was established in Emporia in 1989. Beginning in 1992, five teachers have been selected each year for induction into the hall.

Induction festivities on Friday, June 17, begin with a banquet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in the KSTC Ballroom in Emporia State University’s Memorial Union. During the banquet, Jill Docking, former Regents chair, will present remarks.

In addition, hall of fame officials will receive a significant national gift for the hall.

The induction ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall in ESU’s Plumb Hall. This year’s 20th-anniversary class of teachers are:

  • Walter Patrick Earle who teaches high school agriculture at McBee High School in McBee, S.C.;
  • Debra Howell who teaches fourth through sixth grade at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Wash.;
  • Paul Miller, high school algebra and calculus teacher at Israel Henry Beren High School in Baltimore, Md.;
  • James Percoco who teaches 11th- and 12th-grade history at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Va.; and
  • Mark Weaver, seventh-grade science teacher at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Ind.

Reservations for the banquet are required and cost $25. The deadline for reservations is June 15. Call the NTHF office at (620) 341-5660. The induction ceremony is free.

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