2017 Class of Kansas Master Teachers Announced

February 28, 2017

Representing more than 140 years of classroom experience, members of the 2017 class of Kansas Master Teachers were announced today. The seven teachers chosen for this annual award are:

  • John Butcher, art teacher at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park;
  • Melinda Eitel, Kindergarten teacher at Grace E. Stewart Elementary School in Salina;
  • Joan Hayden, physical education teacher at Fort Riley Middle School;
  • Jennifer Hendrix, physics teacher at Dodge City High School;
  • Kimberly Hett, fifth grade teacher for Andover eCademy;
  • Brandy Lane, sixth grade teacher at Pauline South Intermediate School in Topeka; and
  • Laura Schwinn, audio/video communications teacher at Emporia High School.

Complete bios for all teachers are at www.emporia.edu/teach/master/2017/index.html.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Bank of America, each recipient will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend as part of the award.

The recipients were selected by a committee including representatives from Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals, Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, Kansas Parent Teacher Association, Kansas National Education Association, Kansas State Board of Education, Kappa Delta Pi Student Chapter, and the 2015 Kansas Master Teacher class.

The 2017 Master Teachers will be honored on Master Teacher Day to be held April 5 at Emporia State University. On that day, the teachers will present a seminar at 2:30 p.m. in the W.S. and E.C. Jones Conference Center in Visser Hall. The teachers will then be honored during a social hour at 5:45 p.m. in Webb Hall Lobby of Emporia State’s Memorial Union followed by the dinner awards program at 6:30 p.m. in Webb Hall.

Tickets for the dinner cost $17, and reservations are required by Wednesday, March 30. For more information, see www.emporia.edu/teach/master/reservationform.html.

Emporia State 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 Emporia State for part of a semester. During this time, the teachers present to classes of education students.

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