Wichita educators honored with Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards

WICHITA, Kan. Wichita Public Schools this week is recognizing teachers with a prestigious award.

Individually, the district announced the group as recipients of the 2018
Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards .

"The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program highlights teachers who affect the quality of education in the district, Wichita Public Schools says. Each of the seven recipients were nominated by their peers, building administration and/or parents."

A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary schools and a member of United Teachers of Wichita select the final recipients.

"Each year, awards are given in seven different categories - new teacher (elementary), new teacher (secondary), primary (Pre-K through 2), intermediate (3 through 5), middle school, high school and support teachers," the district explains.

Among those making that final cut and receiving recognition Tuesday were Brenda Lichman, a ceramics and pottery teacher at Wichita East High School, Laci Chavez, a first-grade teacher at Gammon Elementary, Olivia Sumner, a fourth-grade teacher at Cloud Elementary, Cathy Tummons, a music teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy, Lan Hunh, a third-grade teacher at McAuliffe Academy and Mallela Sabas, an ESOL teacher at Jardine STEM/Career Exploration Magnet Middle School.

A final recognition comes Wednesday for a high school teacher in the district.

Chavez, in her 11th year of teaching, was among the teachers honored Tuesday morning.

"It's kind of a thankless job so just getting this honor and being recognized by the district is awesome," Chavez says. "I work hard and I love what I do and I love that others see that."