2012 Kansas Master Teacher
“I believe that when children know we care about them (and truly care about them), they will achieve beyond our wildest expectations,” said Marc Woofter.
The more than 600 students at Comanche Intermediate Center in Dodge City are reminded every morning that Woofter, their principal, cares for them.
“Marc stands at the door of his school each day, welcome his over 600 students by name as they enter,” writes a colleague. “Whenever possible, Marc attends the Dodge City Recreation Commission’s games and activities in which his students participate. His attendance at such activities tells his students he truly cares about them.”
For Woofter, actions speak louder than words.
“Telling students that we care about them is a great start,” he said, “but to be effective we must show them. We must take a genuine interest in what they do in and out of school. We have the opportunity to do this every day.”
That relationship with Woofter makes a lasting impression.
“There were days when I felt like I didn’t belong to any ‘group’ of kids in my class; because I did not have the best shoes or the biggest house — but Mr. Woofter treated us all equally,” writes a former fifth-grade student who now is a teacher in Woofter’s building. “His optimism was contagious and he made us all feel as if it didn’t matter who we were, who our parents were, what we have or didn’t have — we ALL mattered.”
Although Woofter is recognized by colleagues and former students for all that he gives, he is quick to point out just what he receives in return.
“Spending my life as a principal, educating children is providing a full life filled with unimaginable joy.”
A graduate of Kinsley High School, Woofter earned an associate degree from Dodge City Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Mary of the Plains College and a master’s degree in administration from Fort Hays State University.