2016 Kansas
Master Teachers

Jessica Butte

Science Teacher
USD 489 Hays

Nikki Chamberlain

Chemistry Teacher
USD 305 Salina

Adriane Falco

Music Educator
USD 229 Blue Valley

Keri Lauxman

English Teacher
USD 497 Lawrence

L. Raymond Linville

Instrumental Music Teacher
USD 385 Andover

Jenny Wilcox

Seventh Grade Math Teacher
USD 437 Auburn-Washburn

Laura Woolfolk

English Teacher
USD 443 Dodge City

Kansas Master Teacher Award

2016 Kansas Master Teachers
2016 Kansas Master Teachers
2016 Kansas Master Teachers

March 2, 2016

2016 Class of Kansas Master Teachers Announced

The seven members of the 2016 class of Kansas Master Teachers were announced today. The teachers chosen for this annual award are:

  • Jessica Butte, science teacher at Hays High School in Hays;
  • Nikki Chamberlain, chemistry teacher at Salina South High School in Salina;
  • Adriane Falco, music educator at Stanley Elementary School in Overland Park;
  • Keri Lauxman, English teacher at Lawrence High School;
  • L. Raymond Linville, music teacher for grades 5 through 12 in Andover;
  • Jenny Wilcox, seventh grade math teacher at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka; and
  • Laura Woolfolk, English teacher at Dodge City High School.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Bank of America, each recipient will receive a $1000 professional development stipend as part of the award.

The recipients were selected by a committee including representatives from Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals, Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, Kansas Parent Teacher Association, Kansas National Education Association, Kansas State Board of Education, Kappa Delta Pi Student Chapter, and the 2015 Kansas Master Teacher class.

The 2016 Master Teachers will be honored on Master Teacher Day to be held April 6 at Emporia State University. On that day, the teachers will present a seminar at 2:30 p.m. in the W.S. and E.C. Jones Conference Center in Visser Hall. The teachers will then be honored during a social hour at 5:45 p.m. in Webb Hall Lobby of Emporia State’s Memorial Union followed by the dinner awards program at 6:30 p.m. in Webb Hall.

Emporia State established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.

Since 1980, Bank of America has pledged more than $100,000 to permanently endow the Kansas Master Teacher awards. In 1984, the Black family of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, established an endowed chair for Kansas Master Teachers. The fund provides a stipend to bring two Master Teachers to Emporia State for part of a semester. During this time, the teachers present to classes of education students.

2016 Kansas Master Teacher Award Program

2016 Kansas Master Teacher Seminar

The 2016 Kansas Master Teachers held a seminar for education students in Visser Hall at Emporia State University, where future teachers had the opportunity to learn from the cream of the crop in the state. Among the topics addressed were meeting students’ individual needs, the dedication and commitment required as an educator, and continued professional development.