District Achievements

Shining Star

The USD 475 Board of Education presents the Shining Star Award to selected USD 475 staff members who provide exceptional service to or credit upon the school district. Staff members who were nominated were judged by a panel on their service to the school district, contribution to the betterment of their profession, community service, and how their actions impacted the overall perception of Geary County Schools.

Kasey Butler, Junction City Middle School
Lauren Davis, Junction City Middle School
Mike Gross, Junction City High School
Jackie Herron, Spring Valley Elementary
Skyler Manning, Sheridan Elementary
Jillian Toms, Sheridan Elementary

Tech Innovator

The USD 475 Board of Education presents the Tech Innovator Award to selected USD 475 staff members who show technology innovation in the classroom.  Staff members who were nominated were judged by a panel on their ability to integrate technology in the classroom, how they show to be a cutting-edge trendsetter and innovator, how
they use technology to regularly enhance teaching and learning, and how they share their technology use with their colleagues.

Reina Cruz, Junction City High School
Mailyn Glazar, Junction City High School
Shanae Porter, Grandview Elementary
Brittney Quelch, Mary E. Devin Center

Superintendent 3 R Award

The Superintendent’s Three R Award represents respect, responsibility, and positive relationships. Students who demonstrate these qualities are nominated by their building principal for the award.

Alysiah Berry, Eisenhower Elementary, Fifth Grade
Cadence Childers, Fort Riley Elementary, Fourth Grade
Kaylie Snyder, Franklin Elementary, Fifth Grade
Reagan Adams, Grandview Elementary, Fifth Grade
Mikayla Bogle, Jefferson Elementary, Fourth Grade
Luke Simpson, Lincoln Elementary, Fifth Grade
David Snider, Milford Elementary, Fourth Grade
Ne’lya Rumpson, Morris Hill Elementary, Third Grade
Skylar Cantrell, Seitz Elementary, Fifth Grade
Jay Ogo, Sheridan Elementary, Third Grade
Nicole Green, Spring Valley Elementary, Fifth Grade
Kaiden Porter, Ware Elementary, Fifth Grade
Jeyllian Diaz, Washington Elementary, Fifth Grade
Kara Houck, Westwood Elementary, Second Grade
Joniel Lewis, Fort Riley Middle School, Eighth Grade
Annabelle Messer, Junction City Middle School, Seventh Grade

Kansas Teacher of the Year

The Kansas Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, identifies, recognizes, and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Jackie Bender, first-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary, and Jennifer Brown, teacher at Junction City Middle School, were the elementary and secondary nominees for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award Program.

Master Teacher

Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers. Veronica Wait, Library Media Specialist at Ware Elementary, was named the 2018 Emporia State University Master Teacher nominee.

Horizon Award

The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. Allie Ronnebaum, 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Fort Riley Middle School, and Chelsea Willems, kindergarten teacher at Ware Elementary, were winners of the 2016 Horizon Award for distinguished educators who have completed their first year of teaching.

USD 475 has received 5 Horizon Awards since 2010 (as well as an additional 7 nominees).

Other Awards

USD 475 currently has six schools who were designated National Blue Ribbon Schools (two of these schools have won this award twice).

Junction City High School Girls Track was named the Girls 6A State Track Champions.

Doug Sallee, Junction City High School, was named KS Scholastic Press Association’s Administrator of the Year in 2017.

Montika Allen-Atkinson, Westwood Elementary, was named the 2015-2016 VFW Teacher of the Year.

District publications have won 4 certificates of merit from the Kansas Association of School Boards in 2015.

Randall Zimmerman, Junction City High School Football Coach and Strength & Conditioning teacher, was named the 2015 Centennial League Coach of the Year and was also named as a head coach for the 2016 Shrine Bowl All-Star game.

Brandi Lundren, Junction City Middle School, was named the KASSP Assistant Principal of the Year in 2015.

In 2013, the Fort Riley Middle School was named the NAMSP School of the Year.

Since 2006, Geary County Schools has received 27 Governor’s Awards.

Geary County Schools has received 61 Challenge Awards from 2002 to present.