Kaycee teacher Penny Orchard was recognized by the Johnson County School Board for reaching her goal of becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher during their school board meeting in Kaycee this week.
Orchard has taught special education and third grade at the Kaycee School for 16 years, and becomes the sixth teacher in the district this year to become Nationally Board Certified.
Dr. Jeannie Iberlin, introducing Orchard during the meeting, said only 30% of teachers that attempt to become certified actually pass the process.
Johnson County had Kaycee School and Buffalo High School join the ranks as Ellbogen Meritorious Schools, and Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler explains what that means.
According to Dr. Iberlin, Johnson County is the first and so far only district in the state to become a Meritorious District.
The five Buffalo teachers recognized earlier this month were: Janice Anderson from Meadowlark Elementary; Jacob Evans; Tara Hall; Julie Heil; and Sandy Moon all from Buffalo High School.