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USD 253 Emporia
Kansas Master Teacher Award
1998 Kansas Master Teacher
Language Arts Teacher
Emporia High School
USD 253, Emporia
As a language arts teacher at Emporia High School, Strickland believes if she can instill confidence in her students, they will be better prepared for the
"My growth from a bumbling novice debater to a reasonably successful senior speaker I attribute in full to her confidence in my potential, and her ability to bring out the best in all of her students," said former student Corey Johnson.
Strickland has helped spearhead the Renaissance program, an innovative reward system for students, which encourages business and community partnerships with schools. She also headed the alternate scheduling committee that produced a successful eight-block scheduling program.
Jerry Baumgardner, director of personnel for the Salina Public Schools, said Strickland's knowledge of debate and forensics programs, block scheduling, and the Renaissance Program is widely recognized and sought by other school districts in the state and the nation.
For 10 years, Strickland has qualified students for the National Forensic League Tournament and she has mentored more than 25 English and communications student teachers who continue her legacy.
Parents David and GrettIe Payne described her classroom environment as "a place where students gather whenever they are not in class because of the warm and supportive atmosphere she creates. There they find friendship, intellectual stimulation, a caring adult who values each one, and maybe even a date to prom!"
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Strickland earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Christian University. She was named the 1977 Teacher of the Year at Conners State College and the 1996-97 Outstanding Kansas High School Speech Teacher. She won a 1997 Golden Apple Award from the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and the 1996 District 4 Y.F.W. Service Award.