For his outstanding contributions as a Principle and teacher, James is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by J. Todd Walters of Council Grove, Kansas.
“James Theodore (Ted) Walters grew up in a small town in central Kansas named Detroit. As the only boy in a large family, he had many responsibilities early on. The family was not well off by any standard, but that never stopped Ted. He made it through High School and put himself through college at College of Emporia where he met and married the girl of his dreams, Alice Pauline (Pat) Walters (Mitchell).
Ted started his teaching career in 1954 at Sumner Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas where he also taught at Polk and Randolph. With a new baby to support, he decided that administration was the best way to keep his ties with the children he loved and still support his family. He was principal in Topeka of Van Buren, Sumner, Randolph, Whitson, and Avondale East Elementary Schools form 1957 until he retired in 1992. Ted quickly established himself as a dynamic administrator who always had the best interests of the children he loved in mind in everything he did. He supported his teachers and staff with dedication and tenacity. He was an incredible motivator, bringing together all elements of the school community to work together for the betterment of the children.
Ted never lost site of the children. The teachers, parents, and students loved him. He was fair, kind, and yet, firm. His humor was legendary throughout the district. Everyone knew they could count on ted for anything. He is the most thoughtful, caring, intelligent, humorous, loving man I have ever met. He is the greatest role model for what is best in education and humankind as well. He made a difference in every life he touched as a Teacher, Principle, Friend, Husband, and Father. I hope to be half the man that he is someday, not just because I am his son.”