Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

 
William “Bill” Hamm

William “Bill” Hamm

2008 Teacher of the Year Social Studies Olathe High School “It is all about relevancy. My role as a teacher is to draw a circle from where we start today and either move forward or reverse the process to explain the cause and effect relationship that each decision had on how we arrived at the […]

 
John King

John King

2007 Teacher of the Year 1st Grade Teacher Johnson Elementary “Individuals enter the teaching profession for a multitude of reasons. I changed careers in my mid-thirties because I felt that teaching was one of the most creative professions imaginable. It was a way to positively shape a young mind, model a true love of learning […]

 
Jeffra Walters

Jeffra Walters

2006 Teacher of the Year 5th Grade Teacher Northside Elementary “The message I would like to communicate to teachers and the community would be the pride I feel in being a part of the teaching profession and how fortunate I am to be surrounded by colleagues who perform with such a sense of dedication.”

 
Kathy Bowman

Kathy Bowman

2005 Teacher of the Year 3rd Grade Teacher Pomona Elementary The rewards of teaching: “Being able to actually see the “light bulb” go on when a child first learns to read reinforces my passion for teaching. Former students visit me to share their successes in middle school and high school, and to thank me for […]

 
Kathy Heavers

Kathy Heavers

2004 Teacher of the Year Senior Seminar & English Montrose High School “I believe in hands-on, real world, standards-based learning where students are actively involved and see the relevancy. As an educator I strive to help students master the skills they need to be successful, and I relate what they are learning to real life.”

 
Russ Sullivan

Russ Sullivan

2003 Teacher of the Year Mathematics Olathe High School “I see patience as part of my philosophy of teaching as well as a strength. I truly care about my students and how they are doing in my classes.”

 
Bruce Grigsby

Bruce Grigsby

2002 Teacher of the Year English & Humanities Montrose High School “If I have been successful as a teacher, I think it has been in large measure because I value thinking about things more highly than the accumulation of information.”