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Kansas Master Teacher Award Program


2003 Winner

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Carol WoydziakCarol Woydziak

High School English and Speech Teacher
Dodge City High School
USD 443, Dodge City

Teaching Philosophy

"My philosophy of education has evolved into a few basic beliefs and is communicated in the practice of my profession and the way I live my life each day.  I believe that we are all teachers and learners.  I tell my students that there are many teachers in my classroom; I will learn from them as they learn from me and from one another.  I learn from my students in days filled with personal interactions too numerous to count.  Being an educator, being involved with education every day, is one of the ways that I continue to learn."

Honors and Awards

Dodge City Middle School Teacher of the Year, 1991
ZAPP Award (USD 443 School Board Award), 1996 and 1998
Dodge City High School Teacher of the Month, 1996 and 2001
Excellent Award for Literary Magazines - National Council of Teacher of English
Who's Who Among America's Teachers - 2 years
Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2002

What People Say

A colleague at Dodge City High School writes:  "Perhaps the best way to explain Carol's place on our staff is to say she's a 'spark'.  She takes an idea, fans the flame a little and hands it over to someone else only to begin the cycle again.  Her enthusiasm is contagious.."


A former student writes:  "The entire school is familiar with the Creative Writing II class's annual publication, which is sponsored by Mrs. Woydziak.  It is an opportunity for anyone in the school to have his or her creative works recognized and published.  As part of the class, students get to vote on which pieces should be included.  The editing process is tedious, but the final product is worth all of the effort.  To this day I still enjoy looking at those literary magazines and remembering all of the hard work that went into the published process."