Jonathan Eshnaur, USD 305 Master Teacher
Members of NEA-Salina selected Jonathan Eshnaur as the USD 305 Master Teacher. Jonathan has taught for seven years total including six years at South High School and one year at Garden City Schools. Jonathan studied at Wichita State University to earn his bachelor’s in education. From Kansas State University he earned his master’s in science in special education.
Jonathan is an adaptive special education teacher at Salina High School South who works to provide a quality education to all students. This year he is co-teaching earth space science, modified social studies and science classes and serving as a special education case manager.
Two guiding principles formed a foundation for Jonathan as he worked toward his master’s degree. He views each student as an individual and he ensures a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. These principles are also woven into his contributions advocating for students in his current work with Individual Education Program (IEP) teams.
Colleagues acknowledge Jonathan’s dedication. He works diligently to identify solutions for students who are struggling to experience success. Jonathan knows that positive relationships with students, parents and educators are key. As an advocate he helps students deal with difficulties and push through those difficulties to attain an independent, productive future.
A teacher who is constantly learning and growing, Jonathan has a wealth of talents to share. A former student described him as, “someone who takes the time to be more than just a teacher, he is a person who cares about the individual. Mr. Eshnaur has a way of making a person feel special and welcomed in his classroom.” Curtis Stevens, South High School principal, adds, “Mr. Eshnaur has a wonderful rapport with his students; he helps them create hope by emphasizing effort.”
Jonathan has been a member of NEA-Salina since 2012 and has served as building representative, delegate to the KNEA (and NEA) Representative Assembly, Budget and Audit Committee member as well as KNEA political Action Commissioner for Senate District 24. He also served on the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education Transition Team.
Always striving to improve, Jonathan explains, “Reflection is an essential part of my growth as an educator, I always work to reflect on each interaction with students. I ask what went well or what could be improved to make to make the interaction more valuable for students.”