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SHMS Teacher Recognized for Education Efforts Beyond the Classroom, 10/27/2022

Headshot of Angela JohnsonA Spring Hill Schools teacher is one of only eight College of Education alumni across Kansas who was recently awarded a $5,000 community service stipend from its inaugural Today’s Teacher program as recognition for her outstanding and impactful educational initiatives beyond the classroom.

Angela Johnson, seventh grade math teacher at Spring Hill Middle, plans to initiate Mindful Mavericks, a school club focusing on positive mental health practices and learning about community resources. The group's monthly meetings will involve learning activities, a food drive and visits from community presenters.

Debbie Mercer, dean of the K-State College of Education, said the funding will help Johnson expand her community involvement in new ways. She said the program is not only impactful to the community but also enhances K-State's teacher preparation program by providing meaningful examples of community engagement.

"This was a highly competitive process," Mercer said. "Your community is being served by an educator who stood out as a scholar and is now a shining star in the profession."

The Today’s Teacher program was founded by College of Education philanthropists Lee and Barb Harris. It was inspired by the work teachers do in their communities and modeled after the Tomorrow’s Teacher scholarship program the couple established in 1999. Tomorrow’s Teacher remains one of the college’s most prestigious programs, and Johnson received the four-year scholarship as an undergraduate student.