Peggy Craig, a Spanish teacher at Winfield High School, soon will receive a big honor.
In June, the 35-year educator will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in Dodge City.
Dr. J.K. Campbell, Winfield school district superintendent, nominated Craig.
“It came as a big surprise to find out I was nominated,” Craig said.
Nominations are accepted from 12 Kansas districts and reviewed by a special committee, which makes the final selections.
Campbell said the special recognition for Craig is well-deserved. He said she has been a leader throughout her career, always going above and beyond in everything she does.
“She’s really the ultimate teacher,” he said.
Campbell said Craig has traveled to other countries to gain more experience and knowledge of the language she teaches.
She has also served on state committees to help set standards for language instruction.
“Kids have a lot of respect for her,” he said. “She has high expectations, and they come out of her class with a strong knowledge of the Spanish language.”
Craig has served as an educator for 35 years, spending 32 years teaching at Winfield High School.
“I guess you might say I enjoy doing it,” she said with a laugh.
Along with Spanish classes, Craig has also taught English and social science.
The Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame was established in 1977 and serves to honor educators who have devoted their lives to their students. Visitors to the museum can find photos and stories about the state’s most dedicated teachers.
Craig is one of six educators to make the hall this year. Inductees must meet high standards with evidence of outstanding teaching and student interaction. Nominees must also have served a minimum of 25 years as a Kansas educator.
This year’s inductees will be honored with luncheon June 3, followed by the induction ceremony at Dodge City High School.
Craig said she was honored and pleased, but she also recognized others who have influenced her life.
“You don’t get to the position I’m in without the support, encouragement and leadership of good mentors,” she said. “This is the kind of job that involves teamwork, that’s for sure.”
Other inductees in the 41st class are James F. Hogan, Independence; Nancy K. Lane, Russell; Pam McComas, Topeka; Marjorie Lee Webb, Shawnee Mission; and Robert Wedel, Lyons.
In 1977, the first state hall of fame for teachers was established. Since its inception, 404 exemplary educators have been inducted into the hall.
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