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Teacher Accomplishments

Dustin Rimmey receives James Madison Graduate Fellowship
Dustin Rimmey has been awarded a James Madison Graduate Fellowship through the James Madison Memorial Foundation. Fellowship applicants compete against other applicants in their state of residence and generally, one Fellowship is awarded per state each year. Award recipients are granted $24,000.00 to obtain their Master's degree.
This Fellowship is granted to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. In addition to graduate studies, Dustin will also attend a month long summer institute at Georgetown University. This session provides Fellows with an intensive study of the Constitution with the ability to meet current prominent political figures in the United States and to visit historical sites in the Washington, D.C. area. Congrats to Dustin!

Jeri Miller receives American Counseling Association Award
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TARC's Mark Miller Award for 2013 - Claudia Shover-Daily
TARC has chosen Claudia Shover-Daily as the recipient to recieve TARC's Mark Miller Award for 2013! She received this award at the Annual Awards celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 which was held at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Chemistry Teacher of the Year - Anton Ahrens
Topeka High School chemistry teacher Anton Ahrens has been selected to receive the 2013-14 Phyllis Johnson Patrick Outstanding High School Chemistry Teaching Award. The Phyllis Johnson Patrick High School Chemistry Teaching Award annually recognizes an outstanding Kansas high school teacher who has demonstrated the ability to inspire excitement and interest about chemistry among his or her students through exemplary teaching.
Ahrens is a 1980 graduate of Kansas State University who earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry. He taught chemistry, physics and physical science at Highland Park High School in Topeka from 1980 - 1982, before earning his M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1984. In 1984, he accepted his current position on the faculty of Topeka High School. At Topeka High, Ahrens has taught more than 4,500 students in chemistry, physical science and AP chemistry, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in scientific research, medicine and education.
Anton Ahrens will receive his award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, at a special luncheon on the K-State campus on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominee - Kirsten Cigler Nelson
Congratulations to Kristen Cigler Nelson for being nominated for Kansas Teacher of the Year, Region 2. 
Ms. Nelson is a Language Arts teacher at Topeka High School.  ìI work hard and I expect them (students) to work hard.  I hold them accountable.  I expect them to seek me out and get help.  They know they can tell me what they think and I wonít hold it against them and they know that I will tell them the truth,î said Nelson.
Ms. Nelson, as a representative from Topeka Public Schools, was honored, along with nominees from throughout Northeast Kansas, at the regional awards banquet held September 8, in Topeka.

National Recognition - Pam McComas
Congratulations are extended to Ms. Pam McComas for distinguished recognition by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for her work with the National Policy Debate Topic Selection Committee.  At the national meeting in Portland, Oregon, on August 2-4, 2013, Ms. McComas served as the wording chair and delegate for this committee.  Her work involved extensive preparation and long hours of committee collaboration.  Her participation was specially recognized and demonstrates her commitment to her field.