Seven receive 2017 Kansas Master Teacher award

Seven teachers have received the 2017 Kansas Master Teachers award, which is presented to teachers “who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.”

The winners are:
•    John Butcher, art teacher at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park;
•    Melinda Eitel, kindergarten teacher at Grace E. Stewart Elementary School in Salina;
•    Joan Hayden, physical education teacher at Fort Riley Middle School;
•    Jennifer Hendrix, physics teacher at Dodge City High School;
•    Kimberly Hett, fifth grade teacher for Andover eCademy;
•    Brandy Lane, sixth grade teacher at Pauline South Intermediate School in Topeka;
•    Laura Schwinn, audio/video communications teacher at Emporia High School.

The Kansas Master Teacher awards was established by The Teachers College at Emporia State University. Each winner will receive a $1,000 stipend funded by Bank of America and will be honored on Master Teacher Day on April 5 at Emporia State. For more information, go to

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