2008 Winner

(visit 2008 winners home page)


Ronda HassigRonda Hassig

Library Media Specialist
Harmony Middle School
USD 229, Blue Valley

“Education, for many of our students, is the crucial place for mapping the way to becoming an adult,” states Mrs. Ronda Hassig.  “I try to role model the adult I hope they will become: an adult that is kind, compassionate, enthusiastic, free thinking, and ready to help save the world.”

This accomplished teacher and award-winning educator brings her abilities of “teaching research skills, persuasive techniques, technology tools, (and) sharing her travels and love of history impacts every student in our building,” writes a colleague.  In 2003, she successfully completed the rigorous work to become a national board certified teacher.

A former student writes, “I remember her giving the most vivid presentations on a variety of topics, from the Holocaust to the Civil Rights Movement and much more. She was always traveling across the globe to gather more experiences and photographs so she could show us the world. Her presentations were by far the most dynamic, with slides, music, primary sources, and her own stories and experiences.”

Mrs. Hassig is in her 16th year as a library media specialist at Harmony Middle School in Overland Park. She has also worked in Gladstone, Missouri; Lawrence, and Kansas City, Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and two master’s degrees from Kansas State University.