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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth educator to serve on Teacher of the Year team

  • Even though she wasn’t picked as the Kansas Teacher of the Year, Laura Moyers isn’t through with her obligations as a finalist in the competition.
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  • Even though she wasn’t picked as the Kansas Teacher of the Year, Laura Moyers isn’t through with her obligations as a finalist in the competition.
    Moyers, who teaches music at Anthony Elementary School, will be making visits to other schools as part of a team as well as speaking to prospective teachers.
    Earlier this year, Moyers was picked as one of eight finalists in the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year program, which was sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education.
    She was on hand Saturday in Wichita when the Kansas Teacher of the Year was announced. The top honor went to Dyane Smokorowski, an eighth grade advanced language arts teacher at Andover Middle School.
    Moyers, who had been selected as a regional Elementary Teacher of the Year, gave a speech this weekend as one of the finalists in the statewide program.
    In her speech, Moyers discussed sympathetic resonance, a term used in music, and related the concept to education.
    “Teaching is all about resonance,” she said in her speech. “We’re all about making impressions. We can make an impression on one student, and unknowingly cause resonance in another.”
    Moyers said education is like playing a piano.
    “Our children’s well being and our entire communities’ future depend on how well we play it, and we must play it well,” she said in her speech.
    Moyers said she received a trophy and a technology package this weekend as one of the finalists.
    Moyers said she and Smokorowski as well as the other finalists make up a team that will be visiting school districts and colleges and universities. She said the members of the team will have the opportunity to learn from each other and the schools they visit.
    The Leavenworth school district will be hosting the team in February.
    Moyers said the district has a lot to be proud of. She said it’s been a tremendous privilege and honor to represent the district in the Teacher of the Year program.

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