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Renaissance Teachers of the Month



September 2018


Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Michael Stauffer. This is his third year teaching at Central High where he teaches World History, Introduction to Public Service Careers and American Justice. Michael chose teaching as his profession because he loves history and it sparked his interest. He loves the culture of school, the learning, connections and spirit of high school. He says Mr. VanSickle, his 7th grade history teacher was his inspiration. Michael says he likes something to belong to, something to believe in and school spirit which is what Mustang spirit is all about. The part of teaching he enjoys the most is showing students their rights as a citizen, how to act in society and how to challenge themselves. Michael says he really enjoys the culture of Central. He always strives to make himself, the students and Central as a whole better. It is his goal to make it a great place to learn, have fun and be a part of something.


Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Michael Billinger. This is the beginning of his second year at Lakewood Middle where he teaches Digital Literacy. Michael said he was inspired by his teachers who made him want to go to school every day. They made school fun and enjoyable and it is his goal to be that teacher for as many students as he can. He says what he likes best about Lakewood Middle is having students say that his class is their favorite class. The part of teaching Michael enjoys the most is helping students with problems that happen outside of his classroom. His message to parents is that from what he has seen, most issues from student to teacher or teacher to parent comes from miscommunications. He hopes more people will ask questions before demanding answers. 





South High's Teacher of the Month is Lesa Landauer. She is a special education teacher at South High where she has been teaching for 28 years. Although she has been teaching for 28 years, this is her first year at South High. Lesa chose teaching as her profession due to the numerous role models in her life that were teachers. Both of her parents were teachers. Lesa cares about children and teaching gives her the opportunity to have an active role in her students' learning. She enjoys the challenge that comes with teaching; specifically, she loves helping students reach their highest level of success and independence and she says it is super satisfying to watch a child smile with excitement when they accomplish a task or concept. Lesa advocates that all parents, guardians and community members of Salina must play a role in developing the lives of our children. Her message of being actively involved in a child's life, both inside and outside the classroom, will result in more success when teachers partner together.




South Middle's Teacher of the Month is Kandis Crawford. She has been teaching for 18 years, a paraprofessional for five years and a school library aide for two years. Kandis chose teaching as her profession because she wanted to share her love for reading and writing with students. Her inspiration was her high school math teacher, Mrs. Husband, because she believed all her students could succeed. The part of teaching Kandis enjoys the most is celebrating with students who continue to make progress in their reading skills. Her message to parents and the community is how important reading is for our children and is a major key in their success as young adults.