Emporia High School teachers named Secondary Teacher of the Year and Master Teacher nominees Featured

Amanda Ballard and Erica Huggard. Amanda Ballard and Erica Huggard. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

For two members of the Emporia High School staff, Wednesday morning was one of surprise and pride.

The EHS library served as the location of two very special announcements Wednesday naming English teacher Amanda Ballard and biology teacher Erica Huggard as the district's secondary teacher of the year and Master Teacher nominees.

Huggard, who is currently in her 14th year as an educator, was named as the district's Master Teacher nominee. Huggard says she hopes her nomination will inspire not only her colleagues but her students as well.


Established in 1954, the Master Teacher program is organized by Emporia State University and honors teachers who have served in the profession "long and well" and exemplified the best qualities of good teachers. Since the program's inception, Emporia has had 27 Master Teachers including five this decade and two the past three years.

You can find a full list of previous Emporia Master Teachers online with this story at KVOE.com.

Ballard meanwhile was given the honor of being named the district's nominee for Kansas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Before moving into her current position at EHS Ballard spent a number of years teaching, and directing theater at the high school.

A common phrase many of her students heard during her time as theater director was "I am only as good as the people I work with" a phrase she found appropriate to share during Wednesday's assembly.


Wednesday's announcements follow the announcement of Walnut Elementary fourth grade teacher Lori Bishop as the district's Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee Monday. The Kansas Teacher of the Year winners will be announced during a banquet in September.

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