Central Junior High School math teacher Brian "Chip" Anderson is at the top of the class.
Anderson has been named the new Lawrence Master Teacher. The award puts Anderson in the running for the Kansas Master Teacher Award, to be presented April 1 at Emporia State University.
Anderson was nominated for the award by CJHS Spanish teacher Khalila Blosser, with support from CJHS math teacher Sara Holley.
Anderson, a math teacher and assistant coach, said he was surprised about winning the award.
"I had been at a workshop all day," he said, when he found out about the award last week. "It was a big surprise because I hadn't been expecting anything like that."
"Chip goes out of his way to help students with math," Blosser said. "He's at school at 7 a.m. each day, available to students. For a number of years he has tutored students who are being accelerated in math, sometimes even supervising an independent study because of scheduling conflicts."
Anderson has taught for 23 years, 11 in the Lawrence school district. He is also a wrestling and football coach at Central and is involved in cross-country at the high school level.
Anderson said he tries to make learning fun for students.
"I try to make the math fun for the students and try to challenge them to come up and raise their potential," he said.
"I think the most fun part of that is when the students are able to do some really creative projects and show the success they have in math and athletics."
As a Lawrence Master Teacher, Anderson will have his picture displayed in the entrance of the Board of Education Service Center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy.
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