National Teachers Hall of Fame festivities just two weeks away

June 2, 2011

The National Teachers Hall of Fame will roll out the red carpet to honor its 20th induction class June 15 through 17.

The NTHF was established in Emporia in 1989. Beginning in 1992, five teachers have been selected each year for induction into the hall. This year’s 20th-anniversary class of teachers are:

  • Walter Patrick Earle who teaches high school agriculture at McBee High School in McBee, S.C.;
  • Debra Howell who teaches fourth through sixth grade at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, Wash.;
  • Paul Miller, high school algebra and calculus teacher at Israel Henry Beren High School in Baltimore, Md.;
  • James Percoco who teaches 11th- and 12th-grade history at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Va.; and
  • Mark Weaver, seventh-grade science teacher at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Ind.

The inductees will arrive in Emporia on Wednesday, June 15 and be special guests at Live in the Lot, the city of Emporia’s outdoor concert series at 7 p.m. followed by an outdoor movie, “Stand and Deliver,” the true story of dedicated math teacher Jaime Escalante and his work with dropout-prone students. The movie stars Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Other induction events open to the public include:

  • Roundtable discussion, 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 16, Jones Institution for Educational Excellence, 1601 State St.;
  • Emporia Municipal Band concert and root beer floats, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, Fremont Park, Fourth Avenue and Union Street;
  • Banquet, 5:45 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, KSTC Colonial Ballroom, Emporia State Memorial Union;
  • Induction ceremony, 7:15 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall, ESU.

Reservations for the banquet are required and cost $25. The deadline for reservations is June 15. Call the NTHF office at (620) 341-5660. All other public events are free.



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