Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
Sophomore English & Newspaper
Wamego High School
USD 320, Wamego
“When I was a first-grader, my mom became a high school secretary in our small town. I spent afternoons in that building …the high school became a comfortable place where I discussed books with the English teacher, shot baskets with the coach and principal and talked snakes and birds with the biology teacher. Because I grew up feeling so comfortable in the school, I want others to feel the same,” writes Dr. Lori Goodson.
Now she has her own classroom which, according to several accounts, has enough books to rival the collections of some libraries and bookstores. She is an active professional; one of her most noteworthy projects was the Kansas Family Writing Project which draws families together to write and publish works relevant to their lives. As a colleague writes, “In the process, they benefit their communities while growing as writers. Through Dr. Goodson’s leadership, the (project) has grown to over five different area schools and impacted hundreds of students and their families.”
She successfully completed the extensive work to become a national board certified teacher in 2003 while also pursuing a Ph.D. Dr. Goodson has taught in the Wamego school district for eight years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, and her doctorate from Kansas State University.