Fifty-six teachers honored by Kansas Reading Roadmap

Fifty-six teachers and classroom staff are being honored across the state for their work promoting early literacy, ensuring that children are equipped for future educational success.

As part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) honored a teacher at 56 of their partner schools across the state. The KRR Outstanding Early Literacy Teacher award recognizes a teacher who contributes significantly to early literacy at their school.

KRR asked schools to nominate a teacher who has played a critical role in the school to help students succeed in reading. The 56 nominees were honored by KRR within their respective schools during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Those nominees will be considered by KRR for the statewide Outstanding Early Literacy Teacher of the Year honor, to be awarded at the organization’s state conference in August.

“The Reading Roadmap is proud to recognize this outstanding group of professionals. They represent all the great teachers across Kansas who are promoting early literacy,” said Andrew Hysell, KRR Director. “Studies show that students who read proficiently by the fourth grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school on time. These honorees are helping to ensure the success of not only our children, but also the future of Kansas.”

Since 2013, KRR has worked with elementary schools and Boys & Girls Clubs across the state, aligning afterschool, summer and family engagement programs with school data. KRR seeks to ensure all students read at grade level upon entering the fourth grade. KRR is a partnership between local schools, the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN), and the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF).

2019 Kansas Reading Roadmap Outstanding Early Literacy Teachers (alphabetical by district name):

USD 508

Baxter Springs

Lincoln Elementary

Heidi Turner

USD 440

Bentley-Halstead

Bentley Primary

Brianna Kraus

USD 288

Central Heights

Central Heights Elementary

Sarah Evans

USD 247

Cherokee

Southeast Elementary

Jennifer Lynch

USD 447

Cherryvale

Cherryvale Elementary

Kelli McMillan

USD 505

Chetopa

Chetopa Elementary

Lori Midgett

USD 493

Columbus

Highland Elementary

Shari Napier

USD 493

Columbus

Park Elementary

Misty Smith

USD 216

Deerfield

Deerfield Elementary

Amanda Michel

USD 283

Elk Valley

Elk Valley Elementary

Stephanie Dowell

USD 310

Fairfield

Fairfield Elementary

Laurie Zink

USD 457

Garden City

Abe Hubert Elementary

Amber Doyle

USD 457

Garden City

Buffalo Jones Elementary

Mary (Connie) Carrillo

USD 457

Garden City

Florence Wilson Elementary

Morgan Allaman

USD 457

Garden City

Gertrude Walker Elementary

Peggy Patterson

USD 457

Garden City

Victor Ornelas Elementary

Jessica Solis Algrim

USD 428

Great Bend

Eisenhower Elementary

Rachel Clawson

USD 428

Great Bend

Jefferson Elementary

Jami Reed

USD 428

Great Bend

Lincoln Elementary

Meredith Ramsey

USD 428

Great Bend

Park Elementary

Carolyn Oetkens

USD 428

Great Bend

Riley Elementary

Tandi Mai

USD 487

Herington

Herington Elementary

Amy Gutsch

USD 258

Humboldt

Humboldt Elementary

Cara Thomas

USD 506

Labette County

Altamont Elementary

Teresa Leake

USD 506

Labette County

Edna Grade School

Michelle Traxson

USD 506

Labette County

Meadow View Elementary

DeRhonda Newby

USD 506

Labette County

Mound Valley Grade School

Pat Brothers

USD 497

Lawrence

Kennedy Elementary

Meredith Holland

USD 497

Lawrence

Pinckney Elementary

Carly Glennon

USD 497

Lawrence

Schwegler Elementary

Christy McWhirt

USD 386

Madison-Virgil

Madison Elementary

Carla Argabright

USD 383

Manhattan-Ogden

Bluemont Elementary

Kim Iversen

USD 383

Manhattan-Ogden

Franklin V. Bergman Elementary

Debra Schapaugh

USD 383

Manhattan-Ogden

Lee Elementary

Karen Buyle

USD 383

Manhattan-Ogden

Northview Elementary

Andrea Wollenberg

USD 383

Manhattan-Ogden

Ogden Elementary

Marcia Schreiner

USD 383

Manhattan-Ogden

Theodore Roosevelt

Marilyn George

USD 417

Morris

Council Grove Elementary

Robin Frye

USD 417

Morris

Prairie Heights Elementary

Krista Wilson

USD 322

Onaga

Onaga Elementary

Stacy Rempe

USD 341

Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa Elementary

Stacia Pfau

USD 504

Oswego

Neosho Heights Elementary

Megan Baker

USD 503

Parsons

Lincoln and Garfield Elementary

Toni Habiger

USD 404

Riverton

Riverton Elementary

Christy Mercer

USD 434

Santa Fe Trail

Overbrook Attendance Center

Mallory Koger

USD 252

Southern Lyon

Neosho Rapids Elementary

Gwen Wellnitz

USD 235

Uniontown

West Bourbon Elementary

Tammy Townsend

USD 498

Valley Heights

Valley Heights Elementary

Justine DeBoer

USD 353

Wellington

Kennedy Elementary

Daphne Adams

USD 353

Wellington

Lincoln Elementary

Sheila Buck

USD 353

Wellington

Washington Elementary

Gina Schnelle

USD 259

Wichita

Mueller Elementary

Jennifer Carr

USD 465

Winfield

Irving Elementary

Sarah Stone

USD 465

Winfield

Lowell Elementary

Allisson Kearn

USD 465

Winfield

Whittier Elementary

Jaci Littrell

USD 465

Winfield

Country View Elementary

Sarah Fischer

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