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FOR TOP TEACHER, KEY TO LEARNING IS HAVING FUN

May 26, 1994

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Lawrence's Teacher of the Year is known for her high energy level.

Patti Bailey, a Lawrence High School social studies teacher, has been selected as the Lawrence school district's Teacher of the Year.

Bailey now will compete in the 1995 Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education. Regional finalists will be announced in September, and the Kansas Teacher of the Year will be selected in January.

Bailey started teaching at LHS in 1990. LHS Principal Brad Tate says he's embarrassed to admit that he didn't hire Bailey when she first applied.

Central Junior High School Principal Dan Jaimes recognized Bailey's talents and hired her in 1989. She taught at Central for a year before moving to LHS.

Tate is glad to have her.

"She's really a positive personality and an excellent role model for kids," Tate said. "Her classroom is high-energy. There is just a lot of good interaction going on between students and teacher."

Bailey's philosophy is that learning can be fun.

"I love to use simulations, putting students in historical roles and seeing how they would react to historical events that occur," Bailey said. "When you give tests, you find that they truly have internalized the information and they know it. And they've had fun."

Bailey earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas University in 1978 and a master's degree from KU in 1987. She taught at Leavenworth High School from 1978 to 1989.

Bailey was honored as Educator of the Year at Leavenworth High School in 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1989. She was named Leavenworth's Outstanding Educator in 1983 and 1985, and she was named Kansas JayCee Young Educator of the Year in 1985.

After coming to Lawrence, LHS seniors selected her for the Allen Press Distinguished Teacher Award in 1992.

She has served as sponsor of Youth in Local Government, the LHS program that allows students to sit on various governing bodies in Douglas County.

Bailey was chosen as Teacher of the Year by her peers in the district. A group of former nominees for Kansas Teacher of the Year and Kansas Master Teacher considered nominations and selected Bailey.

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