A school library specialist at Kennedy School has been named one of seven Kansas Master Teachers for 1996.
Margie Collins, who has worked at Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Rd., since 1986, was among 46 teachers throughout the state who were nominated for the award.
Coggins said Saturday she was overwhelmed by her selection but that she was holding off on her celebration.
"We're totally involved in March Madness," she said. "So we haven't done anything. We're hoping our number two seed does better than some of the other top seeds have done."
Coggins will receive her award April 10 at Emporia State University.
"I just think it's an incredible honor," she said. "I'm just truly overwhelmed. ... I like what I do. It's nice to get recognized for something like that."
She said several factors are considered during the Master Teacher competition. Among them are the nominees' teaching activities, professional activities and community involvement.
As a teaching librarian, Coggins spends much of each day working with students and customizing Kennedy's media center to supplement units that are being taught in the classrooms.
"There are just so many incredible people in education," she said. "I hope I can represent the profession well -- not only as a teacher, but as a media specialist."
Other 1996 Master Teachers are Doyle Barnes, principal at Ogden Elementary School, Ogden; Catherine Ecroyd, English teacher at Ottawa High School, Ottawa; Jacque Feist, social studies department chair at Dodge City High School, Dodge City; Nancy Robohn, music teacher at Logan Avenue Elementary School, Emporia; Millie P. Moye, fifth-grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School, Salina; and Janice Reutter, first-grade teacher at Medicine Lodge Primary School, Medicine Lodge.