Emporia State University this week announced that Fairway resident and 14-year Blue Valley North teacher Maria Worthington is among the seven educators to be honored as Kansas Master Teachers this year.
Established in 1954, the highly selective Kansas Master Teachers program honors educators who “who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.”
Worthington teaches English Language Arts at BV North, including AP and senior classes that students cite as among the most influential in their high school careers.
“Her passion for the language and the literature itself, her love for the students, and her devotion to teaching as a whole is what makes Mrs. Worthington one of the few who can…inspire a true love of learning in her students,” wrote one senior in her class.
Worthington comes from a long line of teachers. Her mother and maternal grandfather both devoted parts of their lives to the profession.
One other Johnson County teacher, Olathe’s Kathleen Wilhite, earned the honor this year as well. All seven winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on April 2 on the campus of Emporia State.
Worthington has served on the board of the Fairway Homes Association and volunteers time on the curriculum committee at Old Mission Methodist Church. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas.