Caldwell teacher Joellen Schmidt inducted into Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Joellen Schmidt, a Caldwell USD 360 school teacher, was one of nine members to be inducted in the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame.Joellen SchmidtThe Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame was established in 1977 in Dodge City. Since its inception, more than 380 exemplary educators have been inducted.In her Hall of Fame biography, it stated Schmidt “stressed developing communications skills and a sense of personal responsibility both in and out of the classroom.”Her full Kansas Hall of Fame biography is as follows:Joellen Schmidt spent her entire teaching career in Caldwell, Kansas, where her philosophy remained firm and unchanging, but her methods and practices changed with the rapidly changing times.She started in 1963 in a third grade self-contained classroom, but changed to a departmentalized fifth and sixth grade. Thereafter, she and an associate opened a pre-school in Caldwell and worked at that independently.During that time, Mrs. Schmidt put in four years serving on the USD 360 School Board. Later she returned to USD 360 as a teacher and completed her 30 year career there. Schmidt earned her BS from the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City in 1959 and her MS from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1985.She gained post graduate hours from other Kansas universities. Joellen believed that a good teacher needed to engage, motivate, and inspire students to learn and to master the fundamentals. She stressed developing communications skills and a sense of personal responsibility both in and out of the classroom. Letters from colleagues and a former student reflect that she was very successful in these efforts.Mrs. Schmidt and her family were active in the People to People International and incorporated those activities in her social science curriculum. For two years, they shared their cultures, customs, and educational differences with students in Russia. Joellen interviewed, trained, and traveled internationally with students aged 10-12 years of age for the past 10 years.Her family has hosted over 25 students since 1982. To be so widely involved has required a great deal of organization. Others have noted that she is organized, but flexible. She has also been active in school activities,a member of her professional organizations,sponsor of Regional Math Contest, and of the middle school’s Scholar’s Bowl team. In her community, she serves on the library board, a member of the Altar Society for over 50 years, and is a wife, mother, and grandmother.A former superintendent had high praise for Mrs. Schmidt’s work in the classroom when he wrote, “I am still amazed at the positive growth in achievement gains made by students with learning disabilities after they had been through her class. Her flexibility in working with students, teachers, and the public earned her a reputation as an excellent teacher throughout our district and county.In 2006 she was a KSDE Region IV Teacher of the Year nominee.”As she leaves her job behind, Joellen notes that her philosophy has not changed, but perhaps has been updated as she considers many of the new techniques and devices in use today, including I-Pads and paperless classrooms. She writes, “As the backgrounds of the students we are teaching change, we must also change to meet their needs.I am happy to leave education in the hands of the next generation of teachers who will continue down the ‘yellow brick road of learning.’” Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame gladly welcomes Joellen J. Schmidt to the Class of 2015.Other 2015 Hall of Fame inductees were: Elizabeth A. Anthony, Dan A. Brooks, Robert Chalendar, Elissa A. Collins, Barbara Elbracht, Georgia Henry, Ronald J. Nichols, and Omar Pickett.The inductees meet the highest of standards. The teacher must:1) show evidence of outstanding teaching and/or administration; 2) show evidence of positive interactions with students and parents; 3) possess qualities that set him/ her apart from other educators; 4)demonstrate continued pursuit of educational opportunities throughout career; 5) share ideas by conducting workshops, classes, ect, for parents, teachers and/or administrators; 6) demonstrate involvement in community activities; 7) exhibit educational recognition and awards; 8) submit a 100 word description of his/her philosophy of education. Additionally, nominees must have been a K-12 teachers or administrator for a minimum of 25 years in Kansas. Dodge City is the proud home of the first Teachers’ Hall of Fame in the United States and is grateful for this opportunity to recognize exemplary Kansas educators.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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