2001 Kansas
Master Teachers

Cathy Esquibel**

First Grade Teacher
USD 443 Dodge City

Jeanne Evans

Third Grade Teacher
USD 490 El Dorado

Betty Lavery**

Physical Education Teacher
USD 229 Stilwell

Leona Madden

Library Media Specialist
USD 489 Hays

Margaret McClatchey

Theatre Arts Teacher
USD 512 Shawnee Mission

Rosemary A. Riordan

Art Teacher
USD 512 Shawnee Mission

Jane Sak

Technology Integration Specialist
USD 229 Blue Valley



Jerry Long*

Associate Dean
Emporia State University

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Margaret McClatchey

Margaret McClatchey

2001 Kansas Master Teacher

Chair of Theatre Arts
Shawnee Mission North High School
USD 512, Overland Park

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Teaching Philosophy

"Classroom atmosphere is vital to learning for each student must feel safe and welcome.  Students must feel so comfortable they will take risks such as asking questions and disagreeing with their peers and teachers.  This atmosphere is based on trust, which is difficult to establish, and easily destroyed.  The time spent building trust in the classroom is vital to student learning.  A sense of humor is a necessary part of this positive atmosphere.  Students feel comfortable in a classroom where the teacher humorously acknowledges mistakes and encourages students to be themselves.  Humor should never be harmful; it should create important moments of comic relief, making learning an enjoyable process.  The necessary classroom atmosphere must also contain an environment where students know their work will be treated fairly.  All students must feel that each had been given equal opportunities to speak, to question and to be themselves in a relaxed atmosphere of support and caring.

Honors and Awards

  • 1990 - Member of select committee that created the first (and current) K-12 Drama and Theatre Curriculum Guide for Kansas
  • 1988 - Outstanding Teacher, Shawnee Mission North Special Education Department
  • 1986 - Association of Kansas Theatres Outstanding Theatre Educator
  • 1970 - Outstanding Young Educator, DeSoto Jaycees

What People Say

Margaret works well with all students from gifted to behavior disorder to developmentally delayed.  Her patience and humor help kids get through.  She is an advocate for them.  She works with parents, counselors, and administrators to bring out the best in her students.  She demands excellence and discipline, and yet is gentle with them when that is needed . . . With amazing grit and intelligence, Margaret McClatchey forged the North theatre program into a powerhouse.  Under Margaret's guidance the curriculum and extra curricular activities provide a model for the country."  Maureen Davis, colleague

"Mrs. McClatchey changed my life.  I don't say that flippantly.  She helped me realize my passion in life--theatre.  It is difficult to sum up the one million things she taught me about the arts, but quite easy to sum up how excellent she is as a teacher . . .McClatchey, as any former drama student will affectionately call her, can take the most disinterested student and thrill him with tales of Dionysus, Thespis, or William Shakespeare.  She will push him to perform well, both on paper and on the stage."  Krista Taschl, former student

"Mrs. McClatchey is kind and gentle, strict yet motivating, loving and caring, honest and moral, brilliant and talented.  She was and still is a role model and facilitator of impeccable character for hundreds of students on a daily basis."  Elizabeth (Godfrey) Boldt, former student