2018 Kansas
Master Teachers

Connstance Allmond

High Incident/Intellectual Disability Teacher
USD 490 El Dorado

Deanna K. Burton

Social Studies Teacher
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Abby Cornelius

Library Media Specialist
USD 229 Blue Valley

Todd Flory

Fourth-Grade Teacher
USD 385 Andover

Chitra Harris

Science Teacher
USD 259 Wichita

Matthew Irby

Science Teacher
USD 253 Emporia

Kimberly S. Schneweis

Visual Art Teacher
USD 489 Hays

Kansas Master Teacher Award



Todd Flory

2018 Kansas Master Teacher

Fourth-Grade Teacher
Wheatland Elementary School
USD 385 Andover



“I strive to create academic risk-takers in my classroom,” states Todd Flory. “We do our students a disservice if all we teach them…is what to learn instead of how to learn.”

After graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s in communications from Bethel College, Flory volunteered for two years in Chicago and Washington, DC, where he saw how education – or the lack of it – affects a person’s life. He returned to Kansas to earn his bachelor’s in elementary education from McPherson College in 2010, and a master’s in instructional technology from Fort Hays State University in 2016.

As a fourth-grade teacher beginning work at Wheatland Elementary in 2012, it did not take long for him to establish himself as a leader at the building, district and state levels. “He goes not just the extra mile for education and creating teacher leaders, but also the extra marathon,” writes a colleague.

A parent states, “(He) embodies all of the qualities one looks for in an exemplary teacher and is a perfect representative of everything that is great in Kansas classrooms and schools.”

In 2017, he developed a digital citizenship project where students investigated fake news and determined how they can discern information for authenticity. This project was featured on the Microsoft Education website, in a National Public Radio story, and his students were interviewed by a television network in Japan.

Flory believes we need to be creating global citizens in a global classroom. His notable Skype Around the World Day allows students to connect via digital video (Skype) to classrooms around the world. Last year, his students shared information about Kansas and gathered authentic experiences virtually as they visited 18 countries and all seven continents. Students take notes in their “passports” and create a presentation about their experience.

“It’s important for students to interact with people who may look and sound differently than them, and whose school is different from our school. It helps empathy and understanding,” Flory stated.

“I believe that quality education is the world’s best hope for peace, equality, and justice.”