Department: The Teachers College

Kansas Master Teacher celebration on Wednesday

March 30, 2015

Teaching is cause for celebration at Emporia State University on Wednesday during Master Teacher Day. The seven members of the 2015 class will be on hand to present a seminar then receive their awards at an evening banquet.

The 2015 Kansas Master Teachers, who were announced in February, are:

  • Carmen Cantrell, special education teacher at Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village;
  • Barbara Clark, fourth-grade teacher at Northview Elementary School in Manhattan; 
  • Kori E. Green, eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at El Dorado Middle School;
  • Leslie McAfee, mathematics teacher at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas;
  • Bill McFarland, social studies teacher at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka;
  • Reed Uthe, speech and drama teacher at Lakewood Elementary School in Overland Park; and
  • Ginger Whiteside Steck, art teacher for sixth through eighth grades at Andover Central Middle School.

The seminar 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, Oklahoma, 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.