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Renaissance Teachers of the Month

2016-2017 RENAISSANCE TEACHERS OF THE MONTH
   
   
  February 2018
   
Jones Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Bryce Jones. He has been teaching for seven years with all of them being at Central where he teaches English. Bryce chose teaching as his profession because he liked the idea of helping those around him and contributing to the community. Bryce says the English and drama department at Central are awesome and they both have made him a better teacher and person. The part of teaching he enjoys the most is seeing the students take on challenges they find daunting and helping them realize they are capable and resilient. His message to parents is to keep supporting your community services.
   
Fenn Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Lexi Fenn. She has been teaching at Lakewood Middle for 4 years where she teaches 8th grade science and 6th grade physical education. Lexi chose teaching as her profession because she has always wanted to be a teacher. She says the best part about teaching at Lakewood Middle are the students whom she loves. The part of teaching Lexi enjoys the most is coaching 7th grade volleyball, 8th grade basketball and high school soccer. She enjoys watching them improve throughout the season. Her message to everyone is to always try to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
   
Bradbury South High's Teacher of the Month is Jane Bradbury. This is her ninth year at South High where she teaches freshman earth space science. She is also in her second year of teaching one culinary essentials class. Jane has been teaching for approximately 15 years and began her career in Kansas City, KS. Jane chose teaching as her career because of the students. She says she is the crazy person who enjoys middle school age students. She tries to provide an environment of structure, life skill expectations and discipline. She says showing respect to adults and property is a fundamental life lesson. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is helping students believe in their own self-worth. Her message to parents is thank you for having confidence in our schol district. She says our high schools will hopefully produce well prepared young adults who pursue post graduate careers that are meaningful and monitarily rewarding.
   
Bishop South Middle School's Teacher of the Month is Tim Bishop. He has been teaching for 13 years with four of those years being at South Middle where he teaches 7th/8th physical education/health. Tim says he chose teaching as his profession because his whole life he has been involved in athletics so it seemed a natural fit to become a physical education teacher. He loves working with students and helping them improve and get better. Tim says his father, a college professor for 36 years, was a big inspiration to him. The part of teaching Tim enjoys the most is getting to know his students and forming positive relationships. He says working with the students on a daily basis, watching them grow and improve and being a part of that is a wonderful feeling. Tim says he has the best job in the world and working with middle school students is awesome!
   
   
  January 2018
   
Bonar Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Billy Jo Bonar. She has been teaching for 14 years with 8 of those being at Central High where she teaches Earth Science and Performance Based Diploma LPBD. Billy Jo chose teaching as her profession because each day there are plenty of opportunitites to make a difference in students lives. Her inspiration were her teachers in high school who always went out of their way to make learning fun and make sure as a student you knew they cared about you. She wanted to give that feeling back to young adults. Billy Jo says the best aspect about teaching at Salina Central is the diversity amongst the student population. Every day she is able to learn something from the students about their culture or interests. She says the best part of teaching is when the students achieve the 'aha' moment and succeed in their school lives. Her message to parents is to be supportive of your child, their school and their teachers.
   
   
Kay-Higgins Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Jennifer Kay-Higgins. She has been teaching for 19 years with 14 of those years being at Lakewood Middle where she teaches 6th grade reading. Jennifer's inspiration to become a teacher comes from her deep passion for learning. Jennifer says her parents and other family members encouraged her to become a teacher. Jennifer says reading is her favorite subject to teach. It's her vocation and vacation. She says she relishes reading as a personal interest and loves that she gets to share that interest through her work to inspire her students. Her favorite part of teaching is the connection she makes with each student and she loves when former students stop by for visits. The message she wants everyone to remember is that opportunities to read and learn are everywhere; there really is something for everyone. Discover what it is you want to explore and go for it.
   
   
Cook South High's Teacher of the Month is Kim Cook. This is her sixth year as the school nurse at South High. Kim says she loves working at South High and being around the wonderful students and staff. Her goal each day is to work together with South High staff to help give each student an equal chance to receive an upstanding education in order to help them reach their fullest potential. Kim's message to parents is to give time to your children and to promote education at a young age. Promoting education and making children feel important will give them the inspiration and confidence needed to succeed in life.
   
   
Goll South Middle's Teacher of the Month is Micheal Goll. He has been teaching for 38 years with 29 of those years being at South Middle where he teaches digital literacy. Micheal was inspired by his own teachers from elementary school through college to become a teacher. He wanted to be like them and make a difference in other people's lives. The part of teaching Micheal enjoys the most is the relationships he has built with students, faculty and staff. Micheal enjoys watching students achieve in a semester what they were certain they would never be able to do. His message to parents is to support your teachers and coaches. As a team we can inspire our students to work towards their own dreams.
   
   
  December 2017
   
Kleiber Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Peggy Kleiber. She has been teaching Medical Investigations for 5 years at Central High. Peggy has been teaching for 30 years. Peggy chose teaching as her profession because she was inspired by a high school instructor and she knew she wanted to work with people. Peggy says she really enjoys hearing students talk about what they are learning and their successes. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is sponsoring a Career Technical Student organization. She enjoys listening to students' first experiences in their medical internships. Peggy's message to parents is to read to your children, spend time with your children, but most of all, tell your children you love them.
   
Lillard Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Janelle Lillard. She has been teaching for 13 years with 6 of those years being at Lakewood Middle where she teaches math and special education. Janelle's inspiration was her grandma. She says her grandma was a teacher and she loved going to her school. Janelle chose teaching as her profession because she likes to help students be successful. Janelle says she enjoys being in the math classes this year. She has always liked math and now she gets to be part of the teaching process. Janelle says she loves the moment a student understands what is being taught and the expression on their face is priceless. Her message to parents is that it takes a community to raise a child. We all need to be working together to help our kids become successful.
   
   
Demaree South High's Teacher of the Month is Tammy Demaree. She has been teaching a total of 16 years in New Mexico, Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative and Shawnee Mission Public Schools. This is Tammy's 2nd year at Salina South as the speech-language pathologist. Tammy says she was inspired by her mom who was a special education teacher and not afraid to do things that were hard. Tammy's favorite part of therapy is watching students have a "light bulb moment" when they discover they have achieved a goal. Her message to students is to not be afraid to do things that are hard for you because failure is practice for success.
   
   
Allen South Middle's Teacher of the Month is Erica Allen. She has been teaching 7th grade English at South Middle for 6 years. This is her 7th year of teaching and she taught one year at Heusner Elementary. Erica chose teaching as her profession because she was inspired by the talented teachers who taught her. She also loves learning and wanted to inspire others to find joy in education. Erica says the best part of being an English teacher is helping students express who they are and what they stand for and learning about their unique trials and tribulations through their writing. She says she has a supportive and knowledgeable family of teachers that surround her. Her message to parents and the community is thank you for your support of public education and continue advocating for quality academic fine arts and extracurricular programs in our schools.
   
   
  November 2017
   
Moon Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Brandy Moon. She has been teaching special education for 9 years at Central High. Brandy chose teaching as her profession because she loves working with students. She has always loved playing teacher. Her uncle was a teacher when she was growing up and she loved hearing about it. Her favorite part about teaching are the "aww" moments that students have when they have worked so hard and the light bulb kicks on. The part of teaching she enjoys the most are the students. Her message to parents is that in life everyone can succeed if we all work together to reach that success.
   
Lytton Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Jocelyn Lytton. She has been teaching math for 5 years with 4 of those years being at Lakewood Middle. Jocelyn chose teaching as her profession because she loved helping her peers learn when she was in school and she had an amazing math teacher who inspired her to teach math. Jocelyn says she loves the math department. She says they work together to lighten the load of the daily tasks and are always sharing ideas. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is getting to know her students and the light bulb moments. Her message to parents is to get involved in the schools and come see what's going on at Lakewood Middle.
   
   
Baker South High's Teacher of the Month is Jeri Baker. She has been teaching a total of 21 years in Northeastern Kansas and Northwestern Missouri. This is Jeri's 3rd year in the Functional Learning Center in South High's special education department. Jeri also co-teaches PE at South High. Jeri chose teaching as her profession because she comes from a family of educators. Her mother was also a special education teacher. Her favorite part of teaching is the look of pride on the students' faces from their effort in learning. Jeri would like to remind everyone to always try to do the right thing, even when no one is watching.
   
Lee South Middle's Teacher of the Month is Gina Lee. She has been teaching 7th, 8th and modified art for special education students at South Middle for 23 years. She started teaching in 1989 and her 29th year of teaching is also her 27th year with USD 305. Gina chose teaching as her profession because her granddad and father were both teachers and had a passion for helping young people find joy in learning and their positive examples helped her choose this career. Gina says teaching at South Middle is being a part of a larger community that has the ability to care for one another like family and the staff and students encourage and celebrate together. She says the best part of instructing is encouraging and building relationships with students and it is never dull to help someone discover talent hidden inside them. Her message to parents is to keep reaching out to your children. Give them the quality time they crave because they need to feel valuable and deserve to be heard.
   
   
   October 2017
   
Johannes Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Stephanie Johannes. She has been teaching mathematics for 2 years at Central High. Stephanie chose teaching as her profession because she believes education, whether formal or informal, has the power to change the world. Stephanie says the best part about school is that every day brings a different challenge. The part of teaching she enjoys the most is connecting with students and watching them succeed.
   
Stockwell Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Cody Stockwell. He has been teaching special education and social skills for 5 years at Lakewood Middle. Cody chose teaching as his profession because he wanted to help students in a positive way. His inspiration was the way his teachers helped him when he was growing up. He says what he likes best about school is that he enjoys co-teaching many different classes. The part of teaching Cody enjoys the most is interacting with students and teachers. His message to parents and the community is that there are lots of great students at Lakewood Middle. 
   
Todd South High's Teacher of the Month is Alyssa Todd. She teaches junior English and freshman reading classes at South High where she has been teaching for 3 years. Prior to that, Alyssa taught at Frederic Remington High School in Whitewater, Kansas. Alyssa chose teaching as her profession because she has always enjoyed learning and had many amazing teachers growing up. Her mother is also a teacher so she played a tremendous role in her decision to enter teaching. The part of teaching Alyssa enjoys the most is watching students grow as learners and as individuals over the course of the school year. Her message to parents and the community is that it takes all of us to help our students be successful. Please continue to support Salina schools.
   
Stewart South Middle's Teacher of the Month is Caleb Stewart. He has been teaching 8th grade English for 2 years with both of them at South Middle. Caleb chose teaching as his profession because he wanted to make a difference. He had so many great teachers that pushed him to his full potential and he wanted to be that teacher in someone else's life. The part of teaching he enjoys the most is the students. He says coming to work everyday and getting to teach 135 unique and ever-changing students is nothing short of amazing. He enjoys learning about his students and learning new and engaging ways to teach a concept. His message to parents is thank you for giving teachers like myself the opportunity to work with your student. The support you provide truly makes a difference in our teaching of students. He says he is very proud to work at USD 305.
   
   
  September 2017
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Central High School's Teacher of the Month is Doug Finch. He has been teaching 29 years and 30 years coaching with 14 years being at Central High. Doug teaches PE and Leadership at Central High. Doug chose teaching as his profession because he loves coaching basketball, but he soon realized when he was around students he is coaching all the time; in classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, etc. Doug says his parents and Cloud County basketball coach Dennis Erkenbrack inspired him to become a teacher/coach. His favorite subject is PE because students will always be concerned about their health and wellness, so the lifetime benefit is huge. He says therefore his class is more about participation and less about competition. Doug says the relationships you build as a teacher and coach are amazing. He says his door is always open to any student at Central High. His message to parents and the community is that Central High is an amazing school that provides something for every student to get involved in, whether it be a club, organization or sport. The opportunities are endless.
 

Doll  

Lakewood's Teacher of the Month is Laurie Doll. She has been teaching a total of 29 years with 12 years being at Lakewood Middle. She teaches Intensive Reading Grades 6-8. Laurie says she chose teaching as her profession because she had great teachers that were good role models and influenced her to become a teacher. Her favorite part about teaching is seeing students who work hard finally achieve their goal. Laurie says she enjoys the people she works with and loves seeing students that want to be successful work hard and find success. Her message to parents is to talk to your child about their day. Show them you care about them and that they are important in your life. 

 

 

 

 Wagoner

South High's Teacher of the Month is Mary Wagoner. She teaches Band at South High where she has been teaching for 2 years. Mary chose teaching as her profession because she wanted to pass on her love of music to students. Mary says her inspiration was her band teacher. The part of teaching Mary enjoys the most is seeing her students' successes and growth. Her message to parents and the community is to keep students involved in music.

 

 

Gerry

South Middle's Teacher of the Month is Matt Gerry. He has been teaching for 15 years all of them at South Middle. He teaches guitar/6th grade music. Matt chose teaching as his profession because he has an intensive love for music and wants to share that with his students. The part of teaching Matt enjoys the most is how South Middle has so many well-rounded students and how many are involved in lots of activities and are very supportive of each other. He loves to see his students excel in their performances and watch them grow in their abilites and confidence. His message to parents and the community is the arts are an important part of our children's education. Support and advocate for the arts in our school.