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For her outstanding contributions as an elementary teacher, Gloria is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Village School PTO of Emporia, Kansas.

Gloria Hastings received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1970, from Kansas State Teachers College and her Master of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia Kansas State College in 1975.  She completed her teaching career at Village Elementary School in 2002.

Her teaching career spanned thirty-one years, of which thirty years were spent at Village Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas.  She started her career teaching first, second, and third grades at Rinker School in Emporia, Kansas for one year.

During her career, Gloria served on several district committees as well as nearly all Village Elementary School Committees.  The University of Kansas recognized her for twenty-five years of teaching in Kansas.

Gloria has three children: Stacee, who is currently working with special needs children in St. Louis; Matt, who is currently a student at Wichita State University; and Lindsee, who is a student at Baker University.

Retiring in 2002, Gloria is the epitome of a caring, professional teacher.  Her work ethic, attention to academics, and most of all, her attention to the personal needs of her students sets her above many of her peers.  She has seen many educational trends come and go, yet has always had her own deeply seated convictions as to what children really need.  She has been able to continue to meet those needs throughout her career.

She is most proud of the tremendous friendships she has made through the years with the Village Elementary School community.  She’ll miss her students and their families as well as the great people she worked with at Village Elementary School.  Her immediate plans include completing numerous house projects and spending time with her “older” friends as well as her children.

As a final word of wisdom for her colleagues, Gloria encourages them to “enjoy every minute, as the time goes by so quickly.”