Carol P. Strickland

Emporia High School
Emporia, Kansas
Total years as a classroom teacher: 35

“Being one’s best is important — being the best isn’t. If that
classroom philosophy can be carried into society, the world will be a
better place.” – Carol P. Strickland

Carol believes that the challenges of teachers today are greater than
ever before, but the strength of the teaching profession will prevail.
Teachers, do, indeed, affect the future with words and actions. She says
that students will not always remember what they were taught, but they
will always remember HOW they were taught and how they were treated.

She helped implement an Applied Communication class for students with
limited English proficiency (LEP) to help them transition from high
school into the work world. They focus on career inventories,
communication skills, interpersonal skills, writing resumes and letters,
and practice interviewing until they feel comfortable.

“Carol is absolutely the kind of teacher you want teaching your own
children. Few teachers have her passion for helping all students.” –Dr.
John Heim, Superintendent

“Undoubtedly, Mrs. Strickland is more than a teacher. She is more
than a coach. She is a friend encountering life, alongside high school
students.” –Bradley Areheart, Student

Education

1990-Present

Education and ELA hours, Emporia State University

1976

M.A. Speech, Texas Christian University

1962-66

B.A. English/Speech, Texas Christian University

Teaching Experience

1986- present

Speech/English (9-12), Emporia High, Emporia, KS

1999-present

Adjunct Speech faculty, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

1976-86

English/Speech/Drama, Connors State College, Warner, OK

1975-76

English/Speech (8-9), Alice Robertson Jr. High, Tulsa, OK

1967-74

Speech/English (9-12), Denver East High, Denver, CO

Spring, 1967

Speech/English (7-8), Lake Aire Jr. High, Waco, TX

Special Recognition

2002

Pre K-12 Educator of the Year (The Emporia Gazette)

2001

U.S. Department of State Secondary School Excellence Award

2000

USA Today All-USA Second Team Teacher Award

2000

Leadership Kansas Class Member

1993,2000

Diamond Award for Forensics Coaching

1999

Kansas Teacher of the Year

1999

U.S. Department of State Teacher Exchange Award

1999

Wal-Mart Teaching Award

1998

Kansas Master Teacher (Emporia State University)

1998

Emporia Master Teacher (Emporia National Education Association)

1997

Golden Apple Award (Emporia Chamber of Commerce)

1997

Outstanding High School Speech Teacher (KS Speech Communication Association)

1989, 95, 97

University of Kansas Honors Program Teacher Excellence Award