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For her outstanding contributions as a kindergarten teacher, Judy is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Village School PTO of Emporia, Kansas.

Mrs. Judy Ehrlich is a native of Powhatten, Kansas, graduating with B.S.E. degree from Kansas State Teachers College in 1972.  During most of her life, Emporia has been her home.

She taught a total of thirty-two years, of which thirty-one were as a kindergarten teacher at Village Elementary School, Emporia, Kansas.  Prior to that, she taught first grade for one year at Hillsboro, Kansas.

Her professional memberships have included the National Education Associations and the Kansas Association for Education of Young Children.  During her career, she worked with many student teachers and observers from Emporia State University, served on many Emporia District curriculum  committees, and provided leadership for many Village School projects.  These have included Kansas Day Programs, Grandparent’s Day Activities, Volunteer Recognition, Village Marketing, READ Library Week activities, Colonial Day, and others.  For service to the children of Kansas she was recognized by the University of Kansas with a twenty-five year Certificate of Appreciation.

She has also been active in the Humane Society of the Flint Hills, the American Kennel Club Association, the American Cat Fancier Association, and the First United Methodist Church.  She also served as a Community Leader for the Model Boosters 4-H Club and assisted with many Emporia High Band Booster projects.

The epitome of patience, Mrs. Ehrlich is an expect at making every child feel special.  Kids entering kindergarten every year come under her special magic, adapting quickly to school and developing a joy of learning. An innovator in the use of many kindergarten techniques-learning centers, animated alphabet, SWRL reading, and others-she motivates each child to a higher level, regardless of their abilities.  

To each of the seven hundred fifty plus children who have started their school years in her classroom, she has opened a new world.  The letters, the numbers, the sounds, and words all come alive as she shares the excitement of books, videos, art, science, games, and special events.

In so many ways Judy Kay Wenger Ehrlich has truly enriched the lives of her students.