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

Pamela Kilgariff

Pamela Kilgariff

2003 Kansas Master Teacher

School Counselor
Liberty Middle School
USD 382 Pratt

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Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is to ensure that every teen is a visible and remembered light which deserves adult time and attention," writes Mrs. Kilgariff in her educational philosophy.  "Each morning in the school lobby, I say good morning to individual students, comment on new or different appearances, acknowledge a student's achievements or recognize personal sadness, tiredness, or happiness.  I want every teen to know that the individual is visible to me and is missed when absent."

Honors and Awards

Emporia State University - Graduated with honors
Nominated Pratt Jaycee's Young Educator

What People Say

Pamela Kilgariff's role at Liberty Middle School extends well beyond her position as "school counselor," writes her principal Sue Givens, who describes Ms. Kilgariff as a "workhorse" who tirelessly works to place students with teachers who will best match their needs.  "When Mrs. Kilgariff left the classroom, she didn't leave her love of teaching behind," writes Ms. Givens.  "Every child, teacher and parent with whom she has contact becomes acutely aware within a short time of Mrs. Kilgariff's hope, optimism, and determination for every child, regardless of circumstance."

Arlan Wamhoff, an Instructor of the Gifted and Talented writes:  "As a teacher, Pam was always willing to go the extra mile to help individual students and implement innovative methods to meet the needs of all students, regardless of ability.  She tutored a home bound student, participated in an after school tutoring program for at risk students, and was constantly meeting with individual students to advise them about their personal problems."