Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
English and Spanish Teacher
USD 443, Dodge City High School
Dodge City, KS
"We live in a world of slogans and symbols and catchy phrases, and I believe that if there's one saying that truly expresses my philosophy of education it's, 'Just Do It.' I feel certain that all of us can do more than we are doing if someone just convinces us that we can . . . I think the best thing that I can do for students is to give them the opportunity to face challenges, to give them the tools to meet challenges, and then to rejoice with them when they succeed."
Honors and Awards
National Delta Kappa Gamma Golden Gift Stipend
What People Say
"Mrs. Wood teaches her students more than how to write papers and appreciate literature. She teaches all of them that hard work and friendship can accomplish anything. She develops a rapport with them and makes them feel comfortable in her class. She sees each student as an individual and makes them feel proud. . . As a teacher and former student, I look up to Goldie Wood as a role model and friend. She is inspiring and respected by her peers. She loves teaching and her students."
"Mrs. Wood is a compassionate teacher and genuinely cares for each and every student that walks through her door. Through her teaching, she encourages students and makes them feel special and important. She made English less threatening to me and in her own way influenced my decision to pursue print journalism in college . . . Any accolades and honors I received in college are a credit to the education I received from Mrs. Wood." Joshua L. Kinder, former student
"Surely one must wonder if Goldie Wood is allotted forty hours to each day instead of the conventional 24. No, it's just that her enthusiasm and love of teaching propels her into doing everything with a zest for life. It is that same quality that causes her students to believe that they, too, can achieve and accomplish far beyond their previous expectations." State Representative Ethel M. Peterson, 116th District