For her outstanding contributions as a seventh and eighth grade teacher, Lydia is recognized on the Donor’s Wall of Fame by USD372 Junior High Student Council of Silver Lake, Kansas.
Kansas teachers today strive to help their students achieve exemplary goals in the classroom. It is through hard work and dedication that some schools reach these goals. Lydia Gilliland has led her district, USD372, Silver Lake, by being an “exemplary teacher.” For example, recently, Mrs. Gilliland guided her students through the initiation of a new computer-directed math program. Students achieved their goals because of her constant one-to-one guidance with their designated objectives. When it became obvious that some students might need more than the classroom could provide, Mrs. Gilliland opened her room up for tutorial purposes at 7:15 every morning. Typically, students and parents were eager to have her assistance.
Since she was hired thirty-two years ago to teach math in the Silver Lake Schools, Lydia Gilliland has filled various positions through her contract duties including pep club, sponsor and junior high play director, but it is Mrs. Gilliland’s zeal for volunteering that makes her an outstanding professional. She has volunteered through the years for the PDC committee, the Students-At-Risk team, Elementary-Junior High Buddies program, and has single-handedly engineered the Faculty Flower Fund. She has held welcome receptions for new students, supervised both the preschool-day activities for junior high students and the lunchroom, and lent a helping hand to administrators at Homecoming parades and end-of-school picnics. She has organized field trips and sponsored Bingo nights with PTO.
In fact, there is little that Mrs. Gilliland has not done for her school district. Is it any wonder that her colleagues and the community are saddened by her retirement and asking, “How are we going to survive without her?”
For his outstanding accomplishments in social studies, John R. Webb is honored on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by June B. Keifer of Cincinnati, Ohio.
According to June:
John Webb is special to me because he possesses many skills beginning with a deep understanding of people. From this talent he was able to develop in students a sense of worth so important to their success.
He was an excellent role model, and was admired by both students and colleagues. He had courage and followed through on what he believed, dismissing whether it had become popular. Having that courage and moving with it recruited fellow teachers who admired that success.
I admire his record: Teacher and coach, principle of two separate high schools, Dean of men at KSTC, and later, Dean of students at Trinity University. Returning to Emporia, he was, in order, Dean of students, Vice President of Student Affairs and Support Services, and he retired from ESU as Vice President of Administration and Fiscal Affairs.
He followed through. His word was gold and he was a quiet fighter for the rights of all people.
He saw beyond the obvious. His vision recognized potential in students whose worth might have continued unrecognized. In turn, many of them became outstanding in their fields throughout the country and in Europe. Many remained in Kansas and are better for his understanding and support. Some were borderline when they came to know him.
Everyone whose life touched his is the better for it. He has never stopped teaching.
John R. Webb taught 11 years to public school children in Emporia, Kansas (1948-1959) and 27 years at the college and university level.