The recent induction of two USD 409 educators into the Kansas Teacher Hall of Fame has set a precedent for a statewide honor.
Class of 2019 Inductees Dr. Susan Myers, outgoing superintendent of Atchison Public Schools and Tricia Regan, longtime Atchison Elementary School kindergarten teacher, represent the first time two educators were recognized from the same school district in the Hall of Fame since its establishment in 1977. The distinction was publicly announced in April.
Museum Coordinator Mary Lou Doris, a Hall of Fame volunteer, confirmed Myers and Regan’s induction marks the first time two educators from the same town have been inducted the same year. Doris has consistently served the institution for 30 years.
Atchison High School current administrators Principal Bryon Hanson, assistant principals Lindsey Hansen and Matt Renk, AHS activities director, AES Principal Heather Renk, Director of Special Education David Myers and USD 409 Board Member Diane Liebsch accompanied the honorees to the ceremony and luncheon Saturday, June 1 at Dodge City High School.
“Congratulations to both Dr. Susan Myers and Tricia Regan,” Hansen communicated by email in a press release to the Globe. “Thank you both for your dedication to educating students and adults of Atchison Public Schools.”
Annually nominations are accepted from each of the 12 regional districts throughout the state, Doris said. The honorees are selected by a 16-member selection committee. The 12 district heads and four executive officers comprise the committee.
Myers was nominated for her 42 years of dedicated service to education in Kansas. Her career spans numerous levels education for children and adults that includes classroom teacher, principal and superintendent, according to a Hall of Fame report.
“Teaching is not a job, but a calling of service.”
Myers began her career in 1977 as a classroom teacher at the elementary school in Basehor-Linwood district. A few years later, Myers served special education as the kindergarten through eighth-grade facilitator at Atchison-Jefferson Education Cooperative.
She moved on to serve as director of Three Lakes Special Education Cooperative in Carbondale and other administrative positions that led her to the lead role for Atchison Public Schools. Myers is preparing to step down Sunday, June 30 for retirement purposes.
Regan was nominated for her 27 years of education service in Atchison, Kansas. She served two years as a teacher for 4-year-old at-risk children and then 25 years as a kindergarten teacher. She has served her career at AES.
To be eligible for consideration for Hall of Fame induction, the nominees must have served a minimum of 25 years in education in Kansas, Doris said. Anyone, like past or present students, community members or acquaintance can nominate a teacher, educator or administrator they feel has been exemplary in the education field.
It’s required inductees meet high standards that include qualities to set them apart from other educators that show outstanding teaching and/or administration skills, positive interactions with students and parents, Hansen wrote.
The nominees’ pursuit of educational opportunities, community involvement and more are also considered. Involvement in K-12 or Vocational Technical School education fields by teaching and/or administration is required of all nominees.
Myers and Regan four other USD 409 educators in their distinction as Kansas Hall of Fame inductees are: Dr. Rod Heffley – 2012, Kathy Hines – 2013, Karen Glennon – 2014 and Elizabeth Anthony in 2015.