For her outstanding contribution as a school teacher, Irene is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Rita Batka of Wichita, KS.
After having retired in the spring of 1975, Miss Irene Batka died of cancer on July 12, 1984. She was a graduate of Emporia State Teachers College. Her career began with her teaching for two years, all eight grades, at the public school in Andale, Kansas. Then, for six years, she taught all eight grades at Daisy School on R.F.D 8 in Wichita, where Mid-Continent Airport is now situated. After that, she taught 3rd and 4th grades for one year in the public school in Johnson, Kansas. From there, she went to Lyons, Kansas, where she taught 3rd grade for nine years. The last twenty-two years were spent in the Wichita Public School System, teaching 3rd grade for sixteen years at Mueller and then for six years at Minneha.
Miss Irene Batka, a graduate of Emporia State Teachers College taught for a total of forty years in Kansas. Irene Batka began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, teaching all eight grades. She later taught elementary grades and eventually specialized in third grade.