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November 6, 1998

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Lawrence teachers are among those gaining a mention in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

Thirty Lawrence school teachers and Kansas University faculty members are listed in the 1998-1999 "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" publication.

Of the more than 3 million teachers nationwide, some 130,000 made the cut. Teachers are nominated for the award by students listed in Educational Communications Inc.'s "Who's Who Among American Students."

"It's an honor for them," said Judy Casey, assistant to the publisher for Educational Communications Inc. "A student has indicated that they have made a difference in their life."

The books are sent to the top 500 libraries in the country, as well as to all state school superintendent's offices.

For Lawrence High School art and photography teacher Angelia Perkins, the honor came when she least expected it.

"The student who nominated me is very quiet and I didn't know that I had affected her," Perkins said. "To me it means that I've gotten through and touched someone. You know, when you're teaching you go through every day and it's so exhausting you don't know if you've gotten through to students. To me it meant that I was doing something right."

Free State High School math teacher Judith Wolfe has been nominated before and made the book again this year.

"I accept it as an honor for all teachers at the high school," Wolfe said. "They all deserve this award."

Wolfe said that just as business executives and others are recognized for their contributions, teachers need a place to mark their achievements.

"Teachers need recognition," she said. "Not that I particularly need it, but teachers in general need it. For those of us who love what we do we give ourselves entirely.

I see 150 kids a day and I try to affect them positively. I teach math, and it's important that they leave here understanding and loving it."

-- JL Watson's phone message number is 832-7145. Her e-mail address is jwatson@ljworld.com.

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