Although nearly 40 years of teaching may have tempered the idealism of a college sophomore formulating her educational philosophy for a class assignment, the years have only served to mold, change and challenge Martha Hadsall’s determination.
Hadsall, a third grade teacher in USD 361’s Harper Elementary School, sees education as “…an opportunity for each student to learn, develop and progress toward their academic, personal, physical and emotional potential.”
“At the end of each school year, I believe I have instilled a sense of wonder about the world, a desire to learn, an interest in history, an appreciation of art, a fascination with numbers, the excitement of self-expression through speaking or writing, and the joy of reading in each third grade student.”
A pretty tall order, wouldn’t you say? But Hadsall, a 2007 finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year, more than delivers on her assessment. Listen to the words of Josh Anderson, 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year:
“To hear Martha talk about her classroom and the children she teaches is to listen to a master class on teaching and learning. Woven into her stories and tales of projects and playgrounds are all the values and philosophies that she has spent her entire career perfecting, chief among which is a common-sense practicality that can only come from a lifetime of teaching,” Anderson says.
One colleague Martha mentored as a student teacher suggested she should write a “How to be a Remarkable Teacher” book. “She holds the minds of young children close to her heart. She is what makes kids love to go to school,” the colleague writes.
Martha Hadsall earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University. Her master’s degree is from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and she earned reading specialist certification from Wichita State University.