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

Kathleen Inwood is a native of Glascoe, Kansas and a graduate of Glascoe High School.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1974, from Emporia State University.

Her teaching career spanned thirty-two years, of which thirty were at Village Elementary School in Emporia, KS, where she taught second and sixth grades.  Prior to that, she taught special education in Lawton, Oklahoma, for year and special education in Beloit, Kansas, for one year.

Throughout her teaching career she remained active in many professional activities.  She was named the Jaycee Young Educator of the Year for both the Emporia Chapter and Kansas Chapters. She served the Emporia National Education Association as building representative and as vice-president and was active in Phi Delta Kappa.  At Village Elementary School, she served on the initial Building Leadership Team, PTO faculty representative, Grade Level Chairperson, Faculty Social Chairperson, on the District Curriculum Council, and Science, Health, Language Arts, and Quality Performance Accreditation Committees.

In the community, she is active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church and assists with projects of the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes.  She and her husband, Steve, a local businessman, have been active in Emporia High School and other local sports activities.  Her support of the many Village PTO activities resulted in many community projects including: the Christmas parade, adopt-a-family, community cleanup, and After Class Enrichment (ACE) programs.

At Village Elementary School, she developed and implemented plans to recognize the “Good Kid of the Month” with publicity, buttons, and letters to parents; radio spots by students, such as Thanksgiving pumpkin pie recipes broadcast on KVOE radio; publication of all all-school anthology; tile mosaics of the KU Jayhawk, K-State Wildcat, ESU Hornet, and College of Emporia Fighting Presby; and the Village School Pennant career education project.

Her husband, Steve, is the manager of Gold Medal Awards in Emporia and broadcasts sports for KVOE Radio.  They have two children: Stephanie, a Brown’s Shoe Fit store manager in Red Oak, Iowa, and Brian, an inventory supervisor with Birch Telecom in Emporia, Kansas.

Kathleen’s love of teaching, mentoring countless student teachers and ESU student teachers, ongoing assistance to first year teachers, total attention to mastery of both academic and life skills, and creative, yet structured, classroom make her a leader in the profession. She brought her small town work ethic, self-discipline, sense of decency, and respect for others to her classroom every day, and her students always left the year with a firm foundation for the rest of their lives.

Kathleen Inwood retired from teaching in 2000, but her influence will continue for years to come. Whatever the standard, Kathleen always exceeded it.  Her efforts made for better lives and a better future for everybody, making her a leader in the National Teachers Hall of Fame.