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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Two local teachers inducted into Teachers Hall of Fame

  • For the past 25 years, Sarah Schaeffer has been a librarian, art and video production teacher at Dodge City Middle School, and a practicing artist. Her colleagues and administrators say she has a respected knowledge of middle school children and is devoted and dedicated to their unique qualities and needs. In June, Schaeffe...
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    For the past 25 years, Sarah Schaeffer has been a librarian, art and video production teacher at Dodge City Middle School, and a practicing artist.  Her colleagues and administrators say she has a respected knowledge of middle school children and is devoted and dedicated to their unique qualities and needs.  In June, Schaeffer is part of the new group of teachers inducted in to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame.
    “I was first introduced to Ms. Schaffer five years ago and during my first visit with her, she displayed an open and sincere caring about the school and students, and expressed the need to improve the school’s climate,” DCMS Principal Michael King said.  “With this short introduction, I found an educator willing to take on the needed challenges to make a school a better place for students.”    
    King soon found an outlet for that dedication.    
    “A few months passed when the first real challenge to move the school forward was provided. I remembered Sarah and her expressed desire to a commitment to excellence so I asked her to join a team of educators to create a school improvement plan. This was the day that changed our school,” he said.  “It was through her eagerness and desire that DCMS truly became a school designed for the developmental levels of the adolescent learner. With her leadership, knowledge and resourcefulness, she helped pave the way to a new beginning; a beginning that soon became exemplary and prospered to a new era of focus that was centered on the student.”
    Frank Evans began his teaching career at Lincoln Elementary School in Dodge City in 1952 and now, 22 years after his retirement, he’s being honored as a Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame inductee.
    Evans taught math at both the junior high and high school level before becoming an assistant principal at Dodge City Junior High in 1964.  He was promoted to principal in 1968, a position he held until 1981.  The last decade of his career was again spent in the classroom as a math teacher at Dodge City Senior High School.
    He was nominated by Sherrill Carter and Helen Harper, both former faculty members.  In a nomination letter, they said Evans “distinguished himself as an educational leader, whether as a classroom teacher or as an administrator, by the careful and dedicated way in which he both led, and gave permission for others to do the things that were right and led to results.”
    They said faculty members who taught with him and for him described how much better Evans helped them to become.
    Page 2 of 2 - “He believed in them and encouraged them.  This same phenomenon seemed to reach each and every student, again making them believe in themselves and their ability to improve,” they continued.  “He created such a positive environment that, many times, the rapport seemed to be a force in itself, thus improving the whole school.”
    Evans served on the United Way board and was active in his church, PALS, Inc., Methodist Youthville and Area Arts Council.  He was also an assistant Boy Scout leader and an usher, board member, deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church.
    “Mr. Evans made us better than we were,” his nominators said.
    In 1977, the first state Teachers’ Hall of Fame was established in Dodge City.  Since its inception, more than 376 exemplary educators have been inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame.  Every year, nominations are accepted from each of the 12 districts of Kansas.  The state selection committee meets in March to review the candidates and complete the selection process.
    Inductees meet the highest of standards.  The teacher must show evidence of outstanding teaching and/or administration; show evidence of positive interactions with students and parents;   possess qualities that set him/her apart from other educators; demonstrate continued pursuit of educational opportunities throughout his/her career; share ideas by conducting workshops, classes, etc., for parents, teachers and/or administrators; demonstrate involvement in community activities; and exhibit educational recognition and awards.
    Nominees had to submit a 100-word description of his/her philosophy of education and have been a K-12 or Vocational School teacher or administrator for a minimum of 25 years in Kansas.
     The Class of 2013 induction ceremony is scheduled for June 1, 2013, in Dodge City. The luncheon begins at noon and tickets are available by calling 620-225-7311 until May 28.  The induction ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in the Dodge City High School Auditorium and is free to the public.
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