This Saturday the 2018 class will be inducted into the Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame at the Dodge City High School Auditorium.

Among the inductees is former USD 443 superintendent Alan Cunningham who will be inducted posthumously.

The ceremony will begin with a plaque presentation at 2 p.m. with teaching memorabilia and a chance to visit with inductees starting at 3 p.m. in the DCHS Commons area.

At 4 p.m. the Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame will be open, located at 603 5th Avenue.

Fellow inductees with Cunningham will be Jim Aremendariz of Manhattan, Maureen Davis of Overland Park, Jackie Elliott of Goodland, Marcia Leon of Quinter, Melanie A. Ralston of Topeka and George Troutfetter of Salina.

Cunningham retired after a 43-year career in July 2017 and passed away in August that year.

He was 65 years old.

At the time of his passing, Dodge City High School principal Jacque Feist said, "The bond passage and the construction going on now at all schools is his legacy."

Cunningham was also a member of the Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame board.

He became the USD 443 superintendent in 2006 and held that position until his retirement.

Fred Dierksen was named the USD 443 superintendent when Cunningham retired.

When speaking with the Daily Globe when it was reported Cunningham had passed away, Dierksen said, "I was fortunate to consider Alan a friend, and it was privilege to know him for the last three decades when I was in Jetmore and Sterling and he was in Dodge.

"I knew him as a man of faith, so there’s the assurance of everlasting life.

"Alan and I also share a passion for kids, he impacted so many lives, whether it was a new superintendent, or a teacher or students, he was always helping."

At the time of his retirement, Cunningham told the Daily Globe, "I want to thank Dodge City and USD 443 for taking a young teacher, fresh out of college in 1974, and letting me learn, make mistakes, grow and still keep me around.

"It has been my privilege to be a part of this school district and community. It was a great place to start my career and great place to end it."

The public is invited to attend the Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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