Kansas Master Teacher Award
2016 Class of Kansas Master Teachers Announced
The seven members of the 2016 class of Kansas Master Teachers were announced today. The teachers chosen for this annual award are:
- Jessica Butte, science teacher at Hays High School in Hays;
- Nikki Chamberlain, chemistry teacher at Salina South High School in Salina;
- Adriane Falco, music educator at Stanley Elementary School in Overland Park;
- Keri Lauxman, English teacher at Lawrence High School;
- Raymond Linville, music teacher for grades 5 through 12 in Andover;
- Jenny Wilcox, seventh grade math teacher at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka; and
- Laura Woolfolk, English teacher at Dodge City High School.
About the Program
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 good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.
To be eligible for nomination, each candidate must have served at least five years in schools in Kansas as a teacher or instructional leader, exemplified teaching or administrative effectiveness, and demonstrated the attitude and abilities specified in the National Education Association's Code of Ethics of the Educational Professional.
Qualified candidates demonstrate these qualities by submitting an application documenting his or her educational philosophy, job performance, outstanding community service, continuous professional growth, exceptional school service and participation in professional organizations.
Award candidates are typically nominated by a school district committee or an assigned school representative. Individuals may also self-nominate or be nominated by a professional organization, a parent, or other individual or group that would like to recognize a teacher. More than one individual may be nominated from a school or U.S.D.; however, only one person from a U.S.D. will be selected as a Master Teacher.
At the beginning of each calendar year, selection of seven award recipients is made by a selection committee. The committee is comprised of the president or designated representative from prominent educational organizations such as: Kansas-National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education, Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, Kansas Division of the American Association of University Women, and United School Administrators. Two Master Teachers from the previous year also serve on the committee.
Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Day
Each year, selected teachers are recognized during a special Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Day at Emporia State University. During the day, the teachers participate in several activities including a seminar, social and award dinner where each teacher is honored. Each 2017 Kansas Master Teacher will receive a $1000 award from Bank of America to be used for professional development.
The Kansas Master Teacher Program expresses appreciation for the generosity of Bank of America (formerly Nations Bank and Bank IV - Emporia). Since 1980, this bank has pledged over $115,000 to permanently endow the Master Teacher Program.
More information about nomination, as well as the nomination forms, can be found here.
Questions? Contact Lucie Eusey
Dean's Office: 620-341-5367
Previous Kansas Master Teacher Winners
Winners of the award from present day to 1999 can be found by the year they received the award from here.