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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth announces teachers of the year

  • Leavenworth public school officials are hoping for a repeat.
    Leavenworth High School teacher Jeff Baxter was named the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Now, district officials have announced the educators who will represent Leavenworth in the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year competition.
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  • Leavenworth public school officials are hoping for a repeat.
    Leavenworth High School teacher Jeff Baxter was named the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Now, district officials have announced the educators who will represent Leavenworth in the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year competition.
    Beth Riccio and Kathryn Schiller learned Thursday they had been selected as Leavenworth teachers of the year.
    Riccio, a seventh-grade science teacher at Richard Warren Middle School, was selected as the district's Secondary Teacher of the Year. Schiller, a fourth-grade teacher at Anthony Elementary School, was picked as the district's Elementary Teacher of the Year.
    They will advance to the regional level of the Kansas Teacher of the Year competition with a chance to move to the state level contest.
    Riccio has been with the Leavenworth school district for 27 years.
    She said she decided to become a science teacher because she wanted to help others find something big to do.
    "I wanted to pay it forward," she wrote in her application for Teacher of the Year.
    She estimates she's had about 3,000 middle school students during her career.
    Early in her career, Riccio thought she eventually would move up to the high school level and teach biology.
    "I have had the opportunity and invitation to move up a couple of times, but I have come to understand that it is my job to convince the middle students that they like science and that they are good at it," she wrote in her application.
    Schiller has been teaching for 28 years, the last 11 in Leavenworth.
    Schiller said she has always wanted to be an elementary teacher.
    "Even today, after 28 years, I believe that my calling is teaching," she wrote in her application.
    She wrote that the ultimate reward for her as a teacher is the success and happiness of her students.
    "Every day I have the opportunity to make a difference," she wrote. "I instill hope in children and help them to see the unlimited possibilities they have in front of them."
    Riccio and Schiller were selected as Leavenworth teachers of the year after being picked as finalists at their respective schools.
    "Each building runs their own selection process," said Jake Potter, director of public relations for the school district.
    He said three-member panels selected the two teachers who will represent the district in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program.
    The other building level finalists were Andrea Shepard, School of New Beginnings; Jodie Brice, David Brewer Elementary; Kristin Shoemaker, Earl M. Lawson Elementary; Sue Klotz, Henry Leavenworth Elementary; Angela Sculley, West Intermediate; and Susan Williams, Leavenworth High School.
    Page 2 of 2 - Regional finalists in the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year program will be announced in September. The Kansas Teacher of the Year will be named in November.
    Leavenworth teachers have done well the last two years of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program.
    Anthony music teacher Laura Moyers was named a regional Teacher of the Year in the 2013 competition. And, Baxter is the reigning Kanas Teacher of the Year.
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