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

Kay McKnab taught for twenty-four years in the Emporia School districts as a special education teacher.  From the moment she arrived at school, until the time she left, she was focused on the children.  If you saw Kay in the hall speaking to someone, it was about the needs of a child.  She had no time for gossip or other things that would not benefit her ability to do a better job.  

Kay was a special teacher because of her dedication and love to the children and that she worked with.


For her outstanding contributions as an elementary resource teacher, Kay is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Glenna M. Nightingale of Emporia, Kansas.

Kay has worked quietly and efficiently touching the lives of many special students.  She has taught in USD253 at Logan Avenue and Walnut Avenue Schools as a learning resource teacher.  Not only is she a valuable resource person for her school staff, but also a resource for all who work in the area of learning disabilities.  No one is more knowledgeable and highly recognized as an authority and mentor in this area. 

Kay has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emporia State University and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Kansas.  She is a long time member of the Council for Exceptional Children and ACLD.

In addition to her teaching duties, Kay has dept busy in the activities of her three sons and the First United Methodist Church.  She is an accomplished organist, an avid crafter, and an enthusiastic cyclist, who has crossed Kansas several times with family members. 

Kay is very special to me.  I was privileged to have her as an instructor for several graduate courses at ESU before the Special Education Mandate of 1974, extended services to learning disabled students.  It is because of her influence that I made the decision to become a secondary learning resource teachers.  I experienced a very rewarding teaching career because Kay had confidence in me.  Now, I want to recognize her on The National Teachers Hall of fame Wall of Fame.

Kay McKnab took a special interest in me and encouraged and advised me as to what direction to pursue in my studies.