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Willis named to Teacher Hall of Fame
Randy Willis

DODGE CITY – The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City announces the Class of 2020.

This year’s inductees include: Pam Allender, Hutchinson; Mary Margaret Cashman, Shawnee Mission; Johanna Forshee, Wichita; Krystal Trimmer, Winfield; Chris Vitt, Hiawatha; Randy Willis, Hoisington; Toni Wolff, Caldwell; Dalvin Yager, Derby

The Class of 2021 will be the 45th Class to be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. A luncheon will be held in their honor, followed by the induction ceremony on June 5 at Dodge City High School.

In 1977, the first state hall of fame for teachers was established in Dodge City. Since its inception, 429 exemplmy educators have been inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. 

Each year, nominations are accepted from each of 12 districts in Kansas. The state selection committee meets in March to review the candidates and complete the selection process.

The inductees must meet the highest of standards, including evidence of outstanding teaching, evidence of positive interactions with the students and parents; qualities that set him/her apart from other educators; the continued pursuit of educational opportunities throughout their career; a willingness to share ideas by conducting workshops classes, etc. for parents, teachers, and involvement in community activities; educational recognition and awards; and a philosophy of education that is a positive example for others.

Additionally, nominees must have been a K-l2 teacher for a minimum of 25 years in Kansas.

Kansas is the home of the first Teachers’ Hall of Fame in the United States.