School District Recognizes Top Teacher, Certifications

Mike Scarlett, right, listens as he is introduced to the school board Monday night. Photo courtesy Marcy Schueler.
Mike Scarlett, right, listens as he is introduced to the school board Monday night. Photo courtesy Marcy Schueler.

The Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees recognized the Teacher of the Year and the latest teachers who have earned National Board Certification.

The teachers and their families attended the school board meeting Monday night, where they were introduced and given certificates and other tokens of appreciation by the board.

The district's Teacher of the Year for 2013 is Mike Scarlett, who has taught for 24 years, 21 of them at Clear Creek Middle School.
One of his greatest attributes is his “ability to inspire the love of learning, the love of reading and writing, and the need to question” in his students, according to information read during his introduction.
Scarlett was also a semi-finalist for the State Teacher of the Year.

Also recognized were five of the six teachers who have become Nationally Board Certified.

Johnson County School District One is now the first and only district in the state to have all schools ranked as Meritorious Schools, meaning at least one-fifth of the teaching staff is Nationally Board Certified.

The five teachers recognized Monday night were: Janice Anderson from Meadowlark Elementary; Jacob Evans; Tara Hall; Julie Heil; and Sandy Moon all from Buffalo High School.

The sixth teacher to earn the certification is Penny Orchard from Kaycee, who will be recognized at the school board meeting January 27th in Kaycee.

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