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Kansas Master Teacher Award Program


2007 Winner

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Elouise MillerElouise Miller

Kindergarten
Lincoln Elementary School
USD 489, Hays

At four years old, a little girl imitated a much older sister who was a teacher. Putting on the sister’s high-heeled shoes and carrying an old grade book, the little girl conducted her own school. It wasn’t too much longer when, at the age of 17, she actually began her teaching career.

Now, nearly 60 years later, Miss Miller–who dresses in the colorful clothing her kindergarten students like–looks every now and then at women in business, wearing fancy clothes in offices and envies them for a minute, before thinking, “But how boring would that job be compared to teaching.”

“Miss Miller is a role model for all professionals; one leaves her presence uplifted, inspired, and ready to pursue new avenues of learning in the classroom, and a clear understanding that education is truly the most important profession on the face of the earth,” said a colleague.

Miss Miller has been a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School since 1965. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays State University.