Couchman9th-12th grade Mathematics, Buhler High School,
Buhler, Kansas

Total years as a classroom teacher: 23

M.S. in Educational Administration Kansas State University 1993
B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education Kansas State University 1990
Associate of Arts degree Cloud County Community College 1988

1995-present Buhler High School 9-12 grade Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
2004- present Hutchinson Comm. College 12-13 College Algebra, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry, and
Calculus I
1990- 1995 Concordia High School 9-12 Algebra , Geometry

2012 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
2010 KSU College of Education Alumni Fellow
2009 Finalist -Presidential Award for Excellence in Math/Science Teaching
2009 National semi-finalist, NEA Foundation Horace Mann Excellence in Education Award
2009 Kansas Teacher of the Year
2009 Kansas NEA Excellence in Education Award
2006 National Board Certification

• Mrs. Couchman admits that she teaches mathematics, but over the years, she has realized that she teaches students much more than that. She teaches them to believe in themselves, to work hard, and to be nice. In fact, that is her personal motto: “Be nice, for everyone you meet has a battle going on.”

• Mrs. Couchman’s accomplishments in education stem from her desire and drive to be the best math teacher FOR her students, to create the best math department FOR the high school, and to become the best high school FOR the state of Kansas.

“Mrs. Couchman brings to the classroom: an unfailing commitment to student success, a matchless sense of humor, and the energy level that provides opportunities for ‘as long as it takes’ for students to experience success. She is the consummate professional whose vibrancy makes the teaching profession inspiring and appealing.”
–Marilyn Bolton, School Board Member

“Mrs. Couchman not only professes but also lives out a philosophy of the four R’s of education: Relationships, Rigor, Relevance, and Results. She is unequivocally one of the top educators I have had the opportunity to work with in my thirty-two years in education.”
— Michael R. Berblinger, Buhler Superintendent of Schools

“Cindy is a rare combination of passion, compassion, charisma, and humility. She draws students and staff in with her ability to listen and make each person feel valued. She is a cheerleader for students and staff, a life-long learner, and advocate. Influencing dozens of students to enter the field, her impact in education will be felt for generations.”
— Stefani Dreiling, Assistant Principal