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Kansas Master Teacher Award Program


2005 Winner

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Sandy HardestySandy Hardesty

Social Studies Instructor

Washburn Rural High School

USD 437, Auburn-Washburn

Teaching Philosophy

Sandy Hardesty's love for teaching began as a small child. She fondly remembers playing school in her basement and assigning "lessons" to the neighborhood kids. Her educational philosophy centers on students, not the material they are being taught.

"Students need teachers who implement the best teaching practices. "Not everyone learns the same way and I would be remiss in my duties if I expected my students to all fit into one category and did not adapt to their learning styles."

Honors and Awards

Auburn-Washburn USD #437 Master Teacher Award, 2004

Washburn Rural Educator of Excellence Award

United School Administrators Aspiring Principal Academy , 2001

Kansas State Department of Education Tech Prep Internship Award, 1998 and 2000

What People Say

Brenda Holaday, Counseling Dept. Dean writes, " Sandy is one of those rare teachers who has no weaknesses, not because she started her teaching career that way, but because she has worked hard to make herself the very best teacher she can be. She is dedicated to improving herself and has always been open to trying new approaches to students and to the subject matter she teaches."

Rachel Burchfield, a former student writes, "Mrs. Hardesty is the type of teacher that you want to learn from, because she is so educated and is so excited about her subject that you cannot help but wonder what she's got to share. And boy, does she have a lot to share! I can honestly say, without question, that there was never a dull moment in her class. From learning about types of memory to personality disorders, we covered the whole board, and man, we had some fun while we were at it."

"Sandy 's commitment to education and her students is obvious through her creative and unique classroom activities and strategies," relates a colleague, Dr. Diane M. DeBacker. "She understand that students learn best by doing; thus, her classes are active, engaging and entertaining. She easily interacts with students both in and out of the classroom."