Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
Secondary Science Teacher
Emporia High School
USD 253, Emporia
Having the ability to transform “a class of wandering focus and sophomoric behaviors, to a team of young scientists with an impressive level of interest and engagement” is one of Mrs. Marilyn McComber’s skills, according to a colleague. With over 30 years of teaching, Mrs. McComber said that “some 5,268 students later–give or take a few–there is still joy in teaching.”
But it is not just her joy and continuation of learning that keeps her going. As one colleague writes, “It’s one thing to develop into a teacher of impressive skills, knowledge and abilities. It’s quite another to give of oneself and time to assure that others can also have extraordinary opportunities to grow in that direction.”
Mrs. McComber was named the 2007 Emporia NEA Master Teacher in December 2006. Along with other teaching awards, in 2005 she successfully completed the difficult work to become a National Board Certified Teacher.
Mrs. McComber has taught science at Emporia High School for the last 14 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and her master’s degree from Texas A&M.