District Teachers of the Year

Each year, our school district selects one teacher from the elementary level and one from the secondary level to represent our district in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

2015 USD 402 Elementary Teacher of the Year         2015 USD 402 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Marcie Bowman, Lincoln Elementary                            Todd Hollis, Instrumental Music, Grades 5 and 9-12

2014 USD 402 Elementary Teacher of the Year          2014 USD 402 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Cathy Shaffer, Garfield Elementary                               Rachel Simmons, Augusta High School

2013 USD 402 Elementary Teacher of the Year            2013 USD 402 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Donna Sudduth, Ewalt Elementary                              Kristen Crank, Augusta Middle School

Congratulations to our district's 2013 Teachers of the Year! Kristen Crank, secondary, and Donna Sudduth, elementary.

These nominees will attend a banquet honoring all district nominees in our region later in 2012, when the regional selectees will be announced to move on to be condsidered for the state-level recognitiion.

Mrs. Sudduth has been in education for 24 years, 12 in Augusta. In addition to her current assignment, kindergarten, she has also taught second grade in the past.

After graduating from Atchison County Community High School near Effingham, Kansas, Sudduth received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1988 from Benedictine College (Atchison) and her Master of Science in Elementary Education in 1999 from Mid America Nazarene College (Overland Park).

Sudduth feels that truly preparing students for success in the 21st century is the biggest challenge teachers face right now.

“Our world and all that it entails is changing at what seems to be ‘the speed of light.’ It is much more difficult today to know WHAT, let alone HOW to teach, the adults of tomorrow so they can succeed in our ever-changing, high-speed, technologically-rich world,” says Sudduth.

“Donna is an outstanding teacher who takes all students into her classroom and works hard with them to make them better students and people when they leave her room,” says Ewalt Principal Greg Clark.

Sudduth and her husband Mark have four daughters, ages 22, 21, 20 and 17.

“I have been blessed with a terrific family,” says Sudduth.

The family loves to go camping together.

“Mark and I spend our free time fishing, hunting, and sight-seeing together,” she says.

Mrs. Crank has been in education for six years, all here in Augusta, teaching sixth grade social sciences at Augusta Middle School. After her first year of teaching, Crank received the Kansas Horizon Award from the Kansas State Department of Education, an award for exceptional novice teachers.

After graduating from Fort Collins High School in Colorado, Crank attended Emporia State University for her Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Science Education (2006). She then received her Master of Arts in Teaching (Social Studies) from ESU in 2010.

“Mrs. Crank is a wonderful teacher. Her students are always learning, and they are successful,” says AMS Principal Eileen Dreiling.

Crank sees the shift to Common Core State Standards and preparing students for the 21st century as the biggest challenges for educators right now.

“Although the shift and change to the new standards seems overwhelming and daunting, I am excited to see how our students and classrooms adjust away from assessment-focused classrooms to more college and future readiness,” says Crank.

Crank and her husband Jeremy have two little boys, ages three and five months. The Crank family enjoys traveling, playing outside, and watching sports.

“‘A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others,’ (from a Turkish saying). Donna and Kristen are two great examples of the dedicated teachers working with Augusta children each day,” says Dr. John Black, USD 402 Superintendent.