2003 Kansas
Master Teachers

Tina Buck**

Sixth Grade Science and Language Arts
USD 254 North Barber County

Matt Copeland

High School English
USD 437 Auburn Washburn

Connie Ferree

High School Science and Chemistry
USD 253 Emporia

Connie Healy**

Fourth Grade
USD 229 Blue Valley

Pamela Kilgariff

Fourth Grade
USD 229 Blue Valley

Barbara Tims

Fourth Grade
USD 250 Pittsburg

Carol Woydziak

Fourth Grade
USD 250 Pittsburg

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Connie Healy

Connie Healy

2003 Kansas Master Teacher

Fourth Grade
Stilwell Elementary School
USD 229 Blue Valley

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Teaching Philosophy

"The lessons I teach are positive, experiential, hands-on (and) true to life . . . I try to model through my actions that children are important, and treat them in a kind, calm, respectful, and dignified way," she writes in her educational philosophy.  According to Healy, "Teaching is the highest calling not only because it effects every facet of life for the future of the world, but most importantly because it effects children individually for the rest of their lives. . . To sum it all up, I care deeply about my classroom children and embrace ardently my high calling in life--to teach, to care, to make a difference in the lives of children."

Honors and Awards

Blue Valley Master Teacher in 2002-2003
Excellence in Teaching 1989 (top 10 chosen from metro area)
F.C.A. Sponsor of the Year, 1983
Good Morning KC, KMBS; guest interviewee
Inside Report, KMBC, segment about my class
Gold medal for vocal and group tap; high silver for vocal and dance duet at Footloose Competitions (2000-2002)
Midwest Barrel Racing Association Team Champion 1986
Disney World Magic Music Days vocalist and dancer 2001
Teaching Excellence Team presented by Avila College
Avila Merit Scholarship, Longview Scholarship, Senior's Scholarship for College
Dean's List every semester
KC Civic Opera vocalist for Wise Women 
Published as a consultant Teacher's Resource Book for the Six Thinking Hats by de Bono
American Royal video consultant--published
World Cup Soccer Educational Program published for 5th graders in targeted cities (edited and consulted)
Poetry--Circuit Rider--Published
Poetry--Christian Ranchman--Published

What People Say

Her principal Pam DeVuyst writes:  "Connie is an exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.  Her caring and nurturing personality provides for a warm and inviting climate as you enter her classroom door.  Through the sharing of her knowledge, experience and resources, Connie demonstrates a true zeal in promoting the advancement of education."

Nancy Griffin who teaches with Connie writes:  "Connie Healy is the 'Mister Rogers' of our Stilwell neighborhood!  I wish I was a student in her classroom because she loves her students 'just the way they are,' and (and I mean UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!!)"