Mary Bradshaw, coordinator of the USD 373 ELL program, was honored as the Region IV finalist in the secondary school category for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award during a banquet at the Wichita Marriott on Saturday.


Mary Bradshaw, coordinator of the USD 373 ELL program, was honored as the Region IV finalist in the secondary school category for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award during a banquet at the Wichita Marriott on Saturday. During the banquet, the eight state finalists each made presentations and the Teacher of the Year was announced. Jennifer Couchman, a math teacher at Buhler, was named Teacher of the Year.

All of the eight finalists will participate in the Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Leadership Conference in January, and Bradshaw and her cohorts also will work together throughout the coming year to share their leadership and teaching skills with other teachers in classrooms around the state; as well as visit with legislators to create awareness of the unique challenges facing schools right now, such as budget shortfalls, a teacher shortage, No Child Left Behind mandates, special education issues, and the importance of early education and intervention.

Bradshaw also will participate in the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network State Education Conference in February; and the Kansas Excellence in Education Conference in June.

Also recognized at the banquet were past Teachers of the Year, including Neysa Eberhard, a retired Newton teacher and the 1964 Kansas Teacher of the Year