'Teachers of Promise' named by Central

Chad Frey
McPhersonSentinel
Breanna Miller, who is completing her elementary student teaching experience this semester at Roosevelt Elementary School in McPherson, was named a "Teacher of Promise" this fall. [COURTESY]

The Teacher Education Department at Central Christian College of Kansas is pleased to announce that the 2020 Teacher of Promise award recipients are Breana Miller and Marissa Waddel.

"Breana and Marissa are top educators in our program," said Cathy Brown, chair of the division of human services for Central.

Both recipients have obtained a GPA of greater than 3.3, are in good standing in the education department, and are active in school activities throughout the college campus.

Miller is completing her elementary student teaching experience this semester at Roosevelt Elementary School in McPherson

"Breana is a true reflective practioner who is able to being her competitive spirit her classroom," Brown said. "She dives into curriculum and is eager to jump in and make learning fun, even if that means dressing up like a dinosaur for an a unit on ecology. Both ladies will represent CCCK well as true teachers of promise."

Waddel will complete her physical education student teaching experience in Nickerson.

"Marissa is someone who brings a quiet nature to her physical education classroom. She is able to enthusiastically develop fun yet engaging lessons that draw students into learning," Brown said. 

A program of the Kansas Department of Education, the Teacher of Promise is chosen each fall through the college’s Teacher Education Committee, which reviews applicants to select the student who meets and exceeds all required qualifications.

Twice each year, Kansas colleges and universities that offer teacher preparation programs are invited to select two teacher education students identified as Teachers of Promise to participate in a specific professional learning and recognition opportunity. Currently, 23 institutions offer teacher preparation programs and most participate in these opportunities.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the workshop and formal awards ceremony will not take place, as it has in years past. The Teachers of Promise selected each fall are normally invited to attend a half-day workshop presented by the current Kansas Teacher of the Year Team, comprised of the Kansas Teacher of the Year and the seven state finalists or Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year. The Teachers of Promise also are invited to attend the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Awards Banquet where they are recognized and receive a certificate of recogniton. The workshop is held in conjunction with the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Awards Banquet in November, so the Teachers of Promise attend the workshop Saturday morning and then the awards banquet that evening.

Marissa Waddel will complete her physical education student teaching experience in Nickerson. She was named a "Teacher of Promise" this fall. [Courtesy]

This program has been in place long enough that individuals who were selected as Teachers of Promise have been recognized through other programs. This is first evident when these individuals, after completing their first year of teaching, are selected as Horizon Award educators. The Horizon Award program recognizes up to 32 outstanding teachers each year who have completed their first year of teaching and are in their second year of teaching. Equally exciting is that these promising teachers are going on to be recognized in other awards programs administered by the Kansas State Department of Education.