Legislators Honor Salina Teacher

Kansas Legislators paused to honor a group of teachers which includes a Salina science teacher on Tuesday.  Legislators honored the 2022 Kansas Master Teachers.

Salina South High School science teacher Melanie Hammond  is among the class of seven Kansas Master Teachers in the class of 2022.

Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to selected teachers who demonstrate the attributes of exemplary professional educators. Information on the 67 years of educators named Kansas Master Teachers is available.

According to ESU, the 2022 class of Kansas Master Teachers represents nearly 130 years of teaching experience. The teachers chosen for this annual award are:

  • Andy Battenfield, Physical Education Teacher at Village Elementary School in USD 253 Emporia;
  • Melanie Hammond, Chemistry/Physical Science Teacher at South High School in USD 305 Salina ;
  • Karen Stohlmann Henderson, Mathematics & Engineering Teacher at Northwest High School in USD 229 Blue Valley;
  • Sarah M. Hoff, Social Studies Teacher at Dodge City High School in USD 443 Dodge City;
  • Gina Johnson, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher at O’Loughlin Elementary School in USD 489 Hays;
  • Bryan Scruggs, Instructional Coach at Seitz Elementary School in USD 475 Geary County; and
  • Barbara Tholen, Journalism Adviser/Graphic Design Teacher at Lawrence High School in USD 497 Lawrence.