For her outstanding contributions as an elementary school teacher, Myrna is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Paul Gill of Saginaw, Michigan.
Ms. Gill is special because of her dedication in encouraging the best from the children she taught. She spent countless hours in preparation. What amazed her colleagues and parents alike was the quiet manner with which she worked with her students and her management style. Rarely would she raise her voice, and children responded with enthusiasm and cooperation. She was a dedicated, one of a kind teacher who enjoyed teaching.
Myrna was an elementary teacher for thirty-two years. From 1970-1998, she was a third grade teacher at Saginaw Public Schools in Saginaw, Michigan. Myrna aso tuaght in other school districts and several other grades.
For her outstanding contributions as an elementary school teacher, Ethlyn is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Charley Taylor of Bloomington, Indiana.
According to Charley:
“Ethlyn Parry Taylor graduated from high school on her 17th birthday in Manhattan, Kansas. She had already signed a $90.00 per month contract to begin teaching in a one room schoolhouse in September 1943. Elm Slough District was 12 miles from her farm home, so she had board and room a quarter mile from school.
Her contract was based on a “Special War Time Emergency Teaching Certificate.” The certificate was renewable each year upon completing eight hours of college credit each summer. Her teaching career ended in May 1948 when she and her husband, Charley Taylor, moved to Bloomington, Indiana.
The following is a portion of a recent letter from a St. George student:
“I guess as one approaches certain mileposts in one’s life, we tend to recall special times of your lives. I remember being in your fifth and sixth grade classes and having such a good time, but learning, too. I read a great deal and that has stayed with me always. I recall you taking me to a movie as a reward for spelling. I definitely have wonderful, warm, and rewarding memories—and I thank you, even 48 years later, for those experiences.”
Pat Clary Vining
Ethlyn Parry Taylor is honored to become part of “The National Teachers Hall of Fame.”
Ethlyn began her career in a one room schoolhouse. She taught elementary grades first through eighth in Elm Slough, Zeandale, and St. George, Kansas. Ethlyn taught a total of five years.
For his outstanding contributions as a language arts and secondary honors teacher, Phil is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Glenna Nightingale of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to Glenna:
“Phil is an outstanding, beloved teacher. Students clamor to get into his classes. He loves working with young adults and supplements his classroom work by coaching sports after hours. Phil is a good motivator. He sets high standards for his students, and at the same time, knows how to adjust and tailor materials to allow for individual differences. He has had several awards from Kansas University based upon what his former students have said about his courses that best prepared them for college. Phil is truly a teacher who makes a difference.”
Phil has taught secondary drama and speech at Emporia High School in Emporia, Kansas. Hi is currently teaching language arts and secondary honors classes at Emporia High School and has been teaching for eighteen year.
For her outstanding contributions as a first through eighth grade teacher, Gertrude is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Wilma & Eldon Siebuhr and Family, Colleen & Glen Grieder, Kathryn & Roy Stutesman, Vickie & Kermit Hedrick, Leona & Dayle Boosinger, Cindy & Bob Edwards, Theda Wolford, LuJean & Max Druse, Janice & Jim George, Hartford State Bank, Yvonne & Nolan Gradner, Debbie & Les Stein, Paul & Tina Cassity, Janel & Pat Wiederholt, Rich & Marcia Stevenson, Richard & Catherine Schmidt, Brian & Lorraine Zweilmeller, Virginia & Dan Gardner, Rich & Judy Mahan, Betty & Bob Tucker, and Paul Sheperd.
All of the children that Miss Gilligan taught are very special to her. She considers everyone of them as on eof her own. She is always thrilled at any accomplishments they make.
She was my teacher when I was in first and second grade. She has taught each one of my three children. Gertrude has been in education for fifty-eight years and currently teaches Spanish at Sacred Heart School in Hartford, Kansas.
She has taught every year but one since 1928, and she continues to teach Spanish at Sacred Heart School. The children in her neighborhood visit her frequently.
Gertrude continues to take an active interest in the education and development of the youth of America as a whole and specifically the children of Lyon Country.
For her outstanding contributions as a middle school teacher, Patricia is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Harry and Marilyn Hart of Emporia, Kansas.
Patricia teaches with a spark that ignites the learning spirit in her students. During her career, Ms. Hart has not only touched those lucky enough to be in her classroom, but also extends to the community in which she works.
She has started a new On-Line program at Curtis Middle School in Wichita, Kansas, for students that are falling behind their peers. With her special talents she motivates, drives, and loves each of these children. Mrs. Hart never gives up on a child for she believes in each an everyone of them.
Patricia Hart is a doer and giver. She has gone far beyond the call of duty to not only “teach” but to educate. Curtis Middle School students are touched by the “Hart Heart,” and Caldwell Grade School students just hope they will be sitting in her classroom when the time comes.
Patricia Hart lives by the following: do what you can, with what you have, where you are, and when you can.
For his outstanding contributions as a physical education teacher, Delvin is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Darrell F. Norris, of Northridge, California.
Delvin T. Norris was my twin brother. We shared the growing up years together: grade school, junior high, high school at Northeast High in Kansas City, and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Delvin chose a teaching career. He loved working with young people. He taught Sunday School at his church. He also taught Physical education while coaching sports. In addition, he taught swimming at the Mission Hills Country Club in Kansas City for twenty-five years. Not only did he teach for Mission Hills, but he also taught for the Red Cross. In 1995, Delvin worked for Enstad/Mann Real Estate in Fergus Fall, Minnesota. While working as a Realtor, Delvin gained an interest in helping young children in the community. He wrote many notes of encouragement and sent clippings from newspaper articles to the young people in the community.
Delvin T. Norris was a kind, considerate, and caring Christian role model for every young person.