Local Teachers Inducted In Hall Of Fame

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nine Kansas teachers will be recognized for their service as the newest class inducted into the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2012 will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City on June 2, 2012.

The Class of 2012 teachers selected are:

Wayne Goates, Goddard
Carol L. Bunning, Horton
Robert M. Hankins, Hiawatha
Dr. Rodney Heffley, Atchison
Robert Eugene Hottman, Harper
Vicki Lynn O’Neal, Baxter Springs
Kathy Schuette, DodgeCity
Brilla Highfill Scott, Lawrence
Janice A. Slage, Topeks

"We are proud that Kansas is the home of the first Teachers Hall of Fame in the United States and appreciate this opportunity to recognize exemplary Kansas educators," said Dennis Doris, Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame.

In 1977, the first state Teachers’ Hall of Fame was established in Dodge City, Kansas. Since its inception, more than 367 exemplary educators have been inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Each year nominations are accepted from each of the twelve districts of Kansas. The state selection committee met the first Saturday in April to review the candidates.

The Inductees meet the highest of standards.

The teacher must:
1) show evidence of outstanding teaching and/or administration;
2) show evidence ofpositive interactions with students and parents;
3) possess qualitiesthat set him/her apart from other educators;
4) demonstrate continuedpursuit of educational opportunities throughout their career;
5) share ideas by conducting workshops, classes, etc. for parents, teachers and/or administrators;
6) demonstrate involvement in community activities;
7) exhibit educational recognition and awards;
8) submit a 100 word description of his/her philosophy of education. Additionally, nominees must have been a K-12 or VocationalSchool teacher or administrator for a minimum of 25 years in Kansas.

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