Twenty-five teachers and staffers in the Emporia School District have learned this week they are among the district's best examples.
The 25 were honored this week with Star Performer and Wow Awards, courtesy of the E.L. and Irene Hopkins Foundation. Walnut School second-grade teacher Kay Mason-Schmidt won $1,500. Her students were almost as excited as she was.
Turning Point teacher Ashley Clark won $1,500, as did Timmerman teachers Trenna Hanlin and Laurie Kurzen and Emporia High teachers Katie Bacon, Alvena Baxter, Scott Bonnet, Bob Haselhuhn and Frances Wecker. Emporia High staffers Cheryl Arb, Maggie Henricks, Sharman Murphy and Carmaine Ternes were each given $1,000.
At Village, dual language teacher Anissa Lord was shocked to learn she won $1,500.
The Hopkins Foundation has been giving teachers $1,500 and support staff $1,000 cash awards for demonstrating what education is about.
Just in the Emporia School District, the Hopkins Foundation honored 25 teachers with over $32,000 in cash prizes. The foundation has now honored almost 180 people and paid out over $350,000 in the dozen years of the program.