2000 Winner

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Michael R. SchainostMichael R. Schainost

Science Teacher
USD 367, Osawatomie High School
Osawatomie, KS

Teaching Philosophy

"Students truly inspire me to be my very best, and I know that the only way that I can adequately thank them is to love them and to give them my best.  As teachers, we have to be constantly learning and open to change.  We have to instill in our students the love of learning that we have . . . Creating lifelong learners has been a goal of education for a very long time.   Now with appropriate questioning, extensive student decision-making, and student development activities, we are doing much to give our students the skills they need to become learners for life."

Honors and Awards

2000 and 1998 Kansas Master Teacher Nominee
1999 Mount Oread Scholar Teaching Recognition, KU
1999, 1998, 1996, & 1993 Received Grants
1998 Secondary Semifinalist, Kansas Teacher of the Year
l996-97 USD 367 Secondary Teacher of the Year
1996 ACS Chemistry Teacher Award
1993 Member of the AAAS National Science Forum
1989 Jaycees Outstanding Educator

What People Say

"I would like to say that I have never met another educator more worthy of this honor.  Not only is he deserving based on his talent, background and enthusiasm, but also on his personal attributes.  Mike is one of the most ethical and responsible people I have ever encountered.  He is always ready, willing and able to take on more responsibility.  He will do almost anything for the good of his students and the furthering of his profession." 

Michael S. Rush, biology teacher, Osawatomie High School


"Mike exemplifies what a teacher in the new century should be . . . He truly believes that every student can learn and ensures they do so through his teaching strategies.  Mike creates an atmospher in his class that allows students the freedom to express themselves, but still has high expectations for his students providing them the structured environment that maintains class discipline."  

Doug Chisam, principal, Osawatomie High School


"What was Mike Schainost like in class?   Well everyday was an adventure.  You never knew which science experiment would come next.  He was always enthusiastic, made everyone want to learn, and turned a boring class into something that we all looked forward to.  He constantly had something going on and was always encouraging us to enter a variety of different contests.   Thanks to him college physics was nothing but a review." 

Myron Chase, former student