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For her outstanding contributions as first through eighth grade teacher, J. Carlene Bedner is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Walnut Elementary Faculty and Staff of Emporia, Kansas.

Carlene Bedner is a special teacher.  Anyone that knows Carlene, knows that she expects the best from her students, and that she’ll work with them until they give it! She has spent many of her lunch periods, as well as time after school, working with students that need extra help in understanding a lesson.  She takes pride in doing her job well and puts many hours to make sure that it’s done JUST RIGHT! You can find her at Walnut School nearly every weekend. Carlene’s devotion to her job stems from her love of children, and it is never more obvious than when she’s watching them perform in school programs.  Her face lights up and the pride she has in her students is obvious to all.

Anyone that works closely with Carlene thoroughly enjoys her.  She’s conscientious about her responsibilities, and her organizational abilities are exceptional.  She is always available if someone needs help, and is willing to share her experience.

Teaching has been Carlene’s love for many years.  She began her career in 1959, at St. Joseph’s in Olpe, Kansas. She taught at Maydale school from 1962 to 1963, and from 1965 to 1966, she taught at St. Joseph’s.  From 1971 to 1973, Carlene taught at Olpe Grade School and from 1973-1974, Carlene taught at Sacred Heart School in Emporia.  Walnut Elementary School was fortunate enough to get to “keep” Carlene from 1977 until her retirement in 1998. She has touched many children in those years and will always be remembered with a smile.  When one of her students was asked what was the most special about Mrs. Bedner, she replied, “She always makes sure we know what she’s talking about and she does fun things.  She’s just a really, really good teacher.”

Carlene is highly respected by the Walnut faculty, staff, and students and will be greatly missed upon her retirement.

Carlene’s teaching career spanned twenty-nine and one-half years working with first through eighth grade students in Emporia, Kansas area.