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For her outstanding contributions as a first through eighth grade teacher, Bernice Winter is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Mary Chapman of Emporia, Kansas and Harlan Hamman of Topeka, Kansas.

According to Mary and Harlan:

“Bernice Winter deserves to be on the “Wall of Fame” because she taught for thirty-eight years, and at the same time raised three children of her own. She has influenced hundreds of students to become contributing adults in today’s society. She loved teaching. Many former students express their thanks to her today.

Bernice began teaching at the age of sixteen having taken the Normal Training Course in high school. Her first teaching job was in a one-room school at District #23, Osage County. She taught there for six years. Next, she taught at the one-room school, Arvonia School District #39, for two years. 

In 1936, Bernice married Marion Hamman and after he passed away she started teaching fifth and sixth grade at Reading School to support her family. Bernice taught there for seven years. Next, she moved her family to Emporia and taught at William Allen White School for two years. Her last assignment was at Walnut School where she taught for twenty- one years.

She received both her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Emporia State University in 1952 and 1957 respectively. All her college work was taken by going to summer school, by correspondence, or taking classes by extension. 

Bernice was a member of the American Childhood Education Association, the Kansas National Education Associations, and the Emporia National Education Associations.

At the present time she is a member and past president of Emporia Retired Teachers and member and past president of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teacher’s sorority. She is now eighty-seven years old and still remains active today.

My brother, Harlan, and I not only had the privilege of having her as a mother, but also as a teacher. Indeed, we are proud of our mother.”

Bernice taught first through eighth grade for approximately thirty-eight years and is currently a retired teacher.