Fredonia Superintendent Jim Porter recalled experiences from his own long career as an educator to inspire young teachers at the Student Teacher Recognition Ceremony in December.
Porter, who was recently elected to the Kansas State Board of Education in November, said teachers can never predict which lives they may affect.
“You’re going to have kids in your class that aren’t your favorite,” Porter said. “There are kids who if we don’t say something nice to them, nobody will. We don’t know who we’re going to teach. We have to be that person who makes a difference.” Jake Stevenson, secondary, and Ariel Ashbacher, elementary, were the recipients of the Delta Kappa/Lyla Vaughn (Teachers of
Promise) Award.