For his outstanding contributions as an eighth grade teacher, Duane is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Bill and Karen Bryant and Roy and Margaret Jones of Goddard, Kansas.
Duane began his career by receiving a B.A. Degree in Social Science from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. After receiving his degree, Duane taught in the Doniphan County Cooperative Special Services in Troy, Kansas, where he started working toward his Master’s degree. He loft Troy and was hired by the Wichita Public School System in 1990, where he taught all subjects that special educations students needed. He also taught and advised math and reading groups. Duane obtained his Master’s Degree in Special Education and learning disabilities from Emporia State University. With a vast amount of knowledge, he had the opportunity to spend just over four weeks in Pakistan. Six days a week-for two weeks- he presented a workshop to various kinds of teachers, psychologists, and other professionals. The workshop was titled “The National Society for Mentally and Emotionally Handicapped Children.” Duane also made presentations for UNICEF, Rotary Clubs, and many more. He now teaches at Robinson Middle School and Burger King Alcott Academy, which is an alternative school. He is very involved with the school and his students. He plans social events, is active on the Curriculum Committee, School Site Committee, and the Building Committee. /he involves the students with field trips throughout the state. Recently he accompanied his students to Topeka to see the “Treasures of the Czar” exhibit. Duane spends many extra hours of his own time visiting with parents, working on school projects, and prepping for the next day of school.
Duane’s family is very proud of his accomplishments and his dedication to teaching.