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2015 Kansas Master Teachers inspire in, out of classroom

February 24, 2015

Inspiring their students is a common description of the members of the 2015 class of Kansas Master Teachers, which was announced today. The teachers chosen for this annual award are:

  • Carmen Cantrell, special education teacher at Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village;
  • Barbara Clark, fourth-grade teacher at Northview Elementary School in Manhattan;
  • Kori E. Green, eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at El Dorado Middle School;
  • Leslie McAfee, mathematics teacher at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas;
  • Bill McFarland, social studies teacher at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka;
  • Reed Uthe, speech and drama teacher at Lakewood Middle School in Overland Park; and
  • Ginger Whiteside Steck, art teacher for sixth through eighth grades at Andover Central Middle School.

The recipients were selected by a committee including representatives from Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, Kansas Parent Teacher Association, Kansas National Education Association, United School Administrators, Kansas National Education Association–Student Program, the 2014 Kansas Master Teacher class, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

The 2015 Master Teachers will be honored on Master Teacher Day to be held April 1 at Emporia State University. On that day, the teachers will present a seminar at 2:30 p.m. in the W.S. and E.C. Jones Conference Center in Visser Hall. The teachers will then be honored during a social hour at 5:45 p.m. in Webb Hall Lobby of Emporia State’s Memorial Union followed by the dinner awards program at 6:30 p.m. in Webb Hall.

Tickets for the dinner cost $17, and reservations are required by Wednesday, March 25. For more information, see http://www.emporia.edu/teach/master/reservationform.html.

Emporia State established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.

Since 1980, Bank of America has pledged more than $100,000 to permanently endow the Kansas Master Teacher awards. In 1984, the Black family of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, established an endowed chair for Kansas Master Teachers. The fund provides a stipend to bring two Master Teachers to Emporia State for part of a semester. During this time, the teachers present to classes of education students. 

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