Acclaimed teachers to share experience with Emporia State students

January 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Monday, January 27, 2014


For more information, contact Gwendolynne Larson, assistant director for media relations, Emporia State University,, 620-341-5528 (office), 620-340-7544 (cell).

NOTE TO MEDIA: The presentation from 12:30-1:50 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, is open to media with the teachers available for questions after.

EMPORIA, KAN. — Eight teachers from around the state will visit Emporia State University and share their expertise with students in The Teachers College as part of the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year Program.

The teachers who will visit on Thursday, Jan. 30 are:

  • Jennifer M. Bailey of Valley Center High School;
  • Jeff Baxter of Leavenworth High School;
  • Marney Hay of Pray-Woodman Elementary School in Maize;
  • Brandi Leggett or Prairie Ridge Elementary School in Shawnee (De Soto school district);
  • Mary Lonker of Wamego High School;
  • Jenny M. Nash of Cottonwood Elementary School in Paola;
  • Katie Perez of Morgan Elementary School in Hutchinson; and
  • Jennifer R. Smith of Lakewood Middle School in Overland Park (Blue Valley school district).

All eight were named 2014 Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year; Baxter was named 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year during a celebration in November.

During their visit, the delegation will present “The Power of You: Becoming the Decisive Element” three times to different education classes at Emporia State University. They also will tour the National Teachers Hall of Fame and enjoy a reception with faculty and students sponsored by the university’s Phi Delta Kappa chapter.

The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award program, administered by the Kansas State Department of Education, recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.  Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.



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