8 TEACHERS UP FOR AWARD!

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MCPHERSON – The McPherson school district (USD 418) has announced their nominees for the 2019/20 TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD!

Eight teachers were listed, one from each of the four elementary schools and two each from McPherson Middle School and McPherson High School.

The elementary teachers nominated are Marci Ruxlow from Eisenhower, Brittney Jennings from Lincoln, Ashley McAllister from Roosevelt and Sarah Razak from Washington.

McPherson Middle School nominees were Sarah Hendricks and John Montgomery while McPherson High School is represented by nominees David Maxey and Grey McGlynn.

Here is a brief write about each of the eight nominees for USD 418 2019-20 Teach of the Year Award:

EISENHOWER ELEMENTARY NOMINEE – MARCI RUXLOW

Marci teaches Kindergarten at Eisenhower. She was born and raised in McPherson. She received her bachelor’s from Southwestern College and her master’s from McPherson College. Marci has/is serving on the following: MEA Treasurer, negotiations team, EES building representative, District English/Language committee, Building Rep/Redesign Team and Building Social Committee. Her hobbies include traveling, decorating and spending time with family and friends.

LINCOLN ELEMENTARY NOMINEE – BRITTNEY JENNINGS

Brittney teaches Kindergarten at Lincoln. She was raised in McPherson. She received her bachelor’s and master’s from McPherson College. Brittney’s hobbies include reading, watching Netflix and Hulu and “tending to the farm” in their back yard.

ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY NOMINEE – ASHLEY MCALLISTER

Ashley teaches 5th grade at Roosevelt. Ashley was born in Smith Center and raised in McPherson. She received her bachelor’s from Emporia and will begin work in May for her Masters. She has been on several committees: Building Technology Representative, Redesign Team, District’s ELA Committee, Supplemental Committee and a mentor. Ashley has a daughter Kenzley, 3rd grade and son Jesse, Kindergarten. Her hobbies include reading, playing volleyball, attending children’s activities, children’s ministry and spending time with family and friends.

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY NOMINEE – SARAH RAZAK

Sarah teaches 4th grade at Washington. Sarah was raised in Assaria. She received her bachelor’s from Fort Hays and master’s from Emporia. Sarah and her husband, Keith, have 3 sons: Braden, Sophomore – Ian, 7th grade and Jensen, 4th grade. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, reading and her favorite hobby is watching her boys playing in their activities.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NOMINEE – SARAH HENDRICKS

Sarah teaches 6th & 7th grades English/Language Arts at the middle school. She was born and raised in McPherson. She received her bachelor’s from McPherson College and is currently working towards her Masters. Sarah and husband, Darren, have Rachael who lives and works in Manhattan, son Joel is a junior at the high school and Renae is an 8th grader at the middle school. Her favorite hobbies are spending time with her family, walking her dog, watching Netflix, reading and enjoying her husband’s cooking.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NOMINEE – JOHN MONTGOMERY

John teaches 7th&8th grade SPS at the middle school. He was born in Blue Springs, Missouri and moved to Derby after middle school. John received his bachelor’s and master’s from Fort Hays. He has been recognized as “Kansas Strength Coach of the Year Finalist”, State of Kansas/National Character Development Award Winner and Fort Hays Top Professor Award. John and wife Kristen, have a son Mark, who is 7 and a daughter Kora, who is 4. John’s hobbies include barbequing and enjoy the great outdoors.

HIGH SCHOOL NOMINEE – DAVID MAXEY

David teaches 9-12th grades AP Environmental Science, AP Biology and Biology at the high school. David was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University and McPherson College. He received the “Research Merit Award” from McPherson College. David’s hobbies include skydiving, hiking, mountain biking and fly fishing.

HIGH SCHOOL NOMINEE – GREG MCGLYNN

Greg teaches Theatre I, II, Advance Acting and Stage Craft Design I & II at the high school. Greg was born and raised in Sterling. He received his bachelor’s from Sterling College and his master’s from Friends University. Greg has many theatre honors including State Honor Show Director, MTW Jester Awards, established the Larry Shue Playwright Award, and most recently was honored to direct “Noises Off” at the 2019 International Thespian Festival. Greg and his wife Carrie have a son James and a daughter, Kate. Greg’s hobbies include working on their farm, driving a John Deere in the field or driving his great grandfather’s 1929 Ford Model AA truck in parades.

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE NOMINEES FOR 2019-20 USD 418 TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD!

 

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