2005 Kansas
Master Teachers

Ken Garwick

Sixth Grade Teacher
USD 383 Manhattan

Sandy Hardesty

Social Studies Instructor
USD 437 Auburn-Washburn

Connie S. Neneman

First and Second Grade Teacher
USD 443 Dodge City

Kathryn L. Reschke

K-6 School Counselor
USD 233 Olathe

Kimberly Thomas

Fifth Grade
USD 259 Wichita

Mary Van Dyke

K-8 District Facilitator for Gifted and Talented
USD 409 Atchison

Larry Wayland

Visual Art Teacher
USD 229 Blue Valley

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Kathryn L. Reschke

Kathryn L. Reschke

2005 Kansas Master Teacher

K-6 School Counselor

Arbor Creek Elementary School

USD 233 Olathe

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Teaching Philosophy

For more than 25 years, Mrs. Kathryn Reschke a K - 6 school counselor in Olathe has been helping people help themselves. "Every educator wants to make a difference in a life of a child, but I want to take it a step further; I want the child then to make a difference for others."

Kathryn Reschke believes that there is such a small window of opportunity at the elementary level to give students the love for learning and to develop their talents. "If it isn't provided in the early years, students can get discourage and drop out..I believe it is our job as educators to empathize and support them, yet..have strong expectation in the academic, social and behavioral areas with all students.

Honors and Awards

Master Teacher Nomination for USD#233 2004

Who's Who in American Education 2004

Who's Who in American Women 1996, 2003

Kansas School Counselor's Association Counselor of the Year - Elementary Division 2001

Kindest Kansas Citian Nomination 1998 - Present

Kansas Association of School Board's Publication Competition Award - 1998

What People Say

A former student writes, "Mrs. Reschke helped me to cope with change in a lot of ways. She makes me feel a variety of different feelings. She makes me happy when she takes time out of her schedule to award me for doing a good job."

A colleague, Jacque Bobker writes, "How lucky we are to have Kathy Reschke in our schools and in our lives. She is this bright, tireless, positive force that moves through our world enhancing all that she touches. Kathy is not only a Master Teacher, but a Master Person from whom we can all learn."

"I cannot begin to explain my feelings of gratitude and hope from knowing that these children have guidance and protection and that their best interest is always foremost, thanks to Kathy......she already has changed their lives forever," said a Grandmother of three students who attend Arbor Creek Elementary.