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Kansas Master Teacher


Larry Wayland

Visual Art Teacher

Blue Valley West High School

USD 229, Blue Valley

Teaching Philosophy

Quoting from Helen Keller, Larry Wayland says, "Relationships are the cornerstone of all meaningful teaching." Like art, teaching blends natural talent/instinct with technique and vision. Instinctively, you strive to create the perfect blend of structure, laughter, and the high expectations for mastering knowledge.

The fine art of teaching . . . greeting students with a smile rather than a frown, encouraging attention rather than boredom and celebrating learning rather than distractions. Teaching . . .a privileged position that demands humility as much as respect.

Students as human beings are all different yet have great potential. Each exposure of the student to knowledge, caring, and positive energy "develops" the untapped potential in every child. Creatively unlocking that potential in each student is what master teaching is all about.

Honors and Awards

2005 Kansas City Fine Arts Calendar - work featured for September 2005

Blue Valley West, Golden Apple Teacher Award - December 2003

Blue Valley West, Golden Apple Teacher Award - November 2001

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2000 "Outstanding Educator"

What People Say

"He has been a cornerstone that has not only supported and directed the fine arts program to excellence, but has been very valuable to the overall success of our four-year-old high school. Through his leadership, Larry has been instrumental in the development of our total school environment even during the early planning stages," said Blue Valley West High School Principal Dr. John Laurie.

A student, Kristen Maggard writes, "My passion is art, and Mr. Wayland fosters that passion by encouraging me and helping me with all projects and portfolio work. He is an amazing photo teacher and shares his knowledge with all of us and fosters a wonderful learning environment. I feel luck to have such a professional art teacher."

A colleague and member of the 2004 Kansas Teacher Hall of Fame, Dorothy Blackburn writes, "Over the years I have had the privilege of seeing the enthusiasm and results of Larry's guidance with high school students and school staff motivating students artists and observers as well! He has shared his ideas with others across the country in the many workshops that he has led or attended. Community citizens ask his counsel in the fields of art and art education. Larry's own work is frequently shown in galleries in the Kansas City area."