1998 Kansas
Master Teachers

Brian “Chip” Anderson

USD 497 Lawrence

Candy Birch

USD 233 "Olathe

Janeen Brown

USD 208 WaKeeney

Elizabeth Cronemeyer

USD 464 Tonganoxie

Floyd “Stan” Standridge

USD 305 Salina

Shirley Stein

USD 214 Ulysses

Carol Strickland

USD 253 Emporia

Kansas Master Teacher Award


Candy Birch

1998 Kansas Master Teacher

English and Journalism Teacher
Olathe North High School
USD 233, Olathe


Birch returned to Olathe North High School to teach English and journalism in 1992 following an ll-year stint there from 1973-84. She attempts to share her love of learning with students.

Olathe North learning disabilities teacher Linda Minor said, "The enthusiasm she exhibits each day in the classroom is contagious. It is impossible to not be excited about learning."

After receiving a grant to observe at three different media outlets in the Kansas City area, Birch promptly shared the experiences with her students. After assuming the duties of newspaper advisor, Birch changed the organization of the newspaper staff, requiring every staff member to participate in all aspects of the production. Since then, her staffs have earned numerous awards and honors.

According to Anna Stroth, editor of the Olathe North newspaper, Birch "remains at school well into the evening to edit stories, offer guidance on the computers, and assist over 30 Eagle staff members...Rarely a day goes by that Mrs. Birch is not seen in our school, even during the summer."

Birch twice was named Member of the Year by the Brandon, Fla. Junior Women's Club and received the 1997 Eagle Award for service and professionalism.

A native of Agana, Guam, Birch earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Baker University, a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas, and has completed post-graduate work at seven institutions.