Kansas Master Teacher Award
2018 Class of Kansas Master Teachers Announced
About the Program
Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.
To be eligible for nomination, candidates who are active or retired teachers must have been a Kansas licensed teacher with at least five years of teaching experience in a Kansas P-12 school. Candidates who are active or retired post-secondary faculty must have taught or served in an instructional leadership role for at least five years in any Kansas P-12 or higher community college, college, or university.
Qualified candidates demonstrate these qualities by submitting an application documenting his or her educational philosophy, professional practice, outstanding community engagement, continuous professional growth, and participation in professional organizations.
Award candidates are typically nominated by a school district committee or an assigned school representative. Individuals may also self-nominate or be nominated by a professional organization, a parent, or other individual or group that would like to recognize a teacher. More than one individual may be nominated from a school or USD; however, only one person from a USD will be selected as a Master Teacher.
At the beginning of each calendar year, selection of seven award recipients is made by a selection committee. The committee is comprised of the president or designated representative from prominent educational organizations such as: Kansas-National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education, Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, and United School Administrators. Two Master Teachers from the previous year also serve on the committee.
Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Day
Each year, selected teachers are recognized during a special Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Day at Emporia State University. During the day, the teachers participate in several activities including a seminar, social, and award dinner where each teacher is honored. Through the support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation each of the selected teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend to be used for professional learning.
The Kansas Master Teacher Program expresses appreciation for the generosity of Bank of America (formerly Nations Bank and Bank IV - Emporia). Since 1980, this bank has pledged over $100,000 to permanently endow the Master Teacher Program.
Information about the nomination process, as well as the required forms, can be found here.
Questions? Contact Lucie Eusey
Dean's Office: 620-341-5367
Previous Kansas Master Teacher Winners
Winners of the award from present day to 1954 can be found by the year they received the award from here.