For her outstanding contributions as a first grade teacher, Beverly is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Village School PTO of Emporia, Kansas.

Mrs. Beverly Dillman is a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.  She received her B.S. in Education in 1961, and received her M.S. from Emporia State University in 1987.

The majority of her teaching career was spent as a first grade teacher at Village Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas beginning in 1976, until her retirement in 1999.  Prior to that, she served as a teacher aide at Village School for one year, as a sixth grade teacher at Park Elementary school, McPherson, Kansas from 1963-1964, and as a fourth grade teacher at Hesston, Kansas from 1962-1963.  She began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in Wiley Elementary School, Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1961.

Beverly has been active in several clubs and organizations, including Alpha Delta Kappa education sorority, the Emporia National Education Association, the Emporia Camera Club, and the P.E.O Sisterhood.  She and her husband, Jim, an accountant, have two children – David and Loretta.

A dedicated professional, she worked diligently throughout her career to maximize learning opportunities for children, enriching the curriculum with a variety of listening, hands-on, and visual experiences.  In recognition of her distinguished career and her constant dedication to the children with whom she worked, she was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation from University of Kansas for twenty-five years of teaching. 

During her career, her greatest challenge was the joy of turning non-readers into readers.  She is justly proud of teaching over five hundred children to read, thereby opening up the world of learning for each of these children.