Archive for Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Wal-Mart bestows teacher-of-year honors

Hillcrest educator credits students, two other teachers

May 22, 2007


Hillcrest School's older students jumped to their feet to show their gratitude with a standing ovation .

Right away third-grade teacher Kathy Farwell couldn't get past the shock of hearing her named called at an assembly this morning as she walked in front of the students in the gymnasium.

When she saw the oversized $1,000 check with her name on it from Wal-Mart, her eyes widened, and she covered her mouth.

Store manager Scott Matchell and assistant manager Sarah Zink presented Farwell this morning with a local Teacher of the Year Award.

Farwell, who organizes Hillcrest's science fair and has taught there for eight years, will leave the school for another teaching job in Lawrence next year.

She gave credit to her students and the school's two other third-grade teachers, Jan Green and Angie Webb.

"It pretty much is a three-person award," Farwell said.

Wal-Mart and Frito Lay will also donate a computer to the school for students to use.

Letters that nominated her described Farwell as going "above and beyond" for students and parents in and out of the classroom.

"With that amazing support I guess this individual is obviously deserving," said Matchell, who manages the store at 3300 Iowa.


Fatty_McButterpants 10 years, 10 months ago

FYI - Kathy is going to be teaching at a Waldorf school here in town called "Prairie Moon".

Oracle_of_Rhode 10 years, 10 months ago

How many would-be students in the third world are making Wal-Mart soccer balls full time instead?

SoundMind 10 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations, Kathy - you deserve it!

wysiwyg69 10 years, 10 months ago

wal mart sucks, when will you living beyond your means people figure this out. maybe when there is no manufacturing in the USA and you are all working for a third world country

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 10 months ago

"Of course, the Wal-Mart haters won't even give credit for that."

They get all the "credit" they need by the free advertisement in the JW. And the IRS will give them full credit come deduction time.

Christine Hammon 10 years, 10 months ago

Congrats Mrs. Farwell!!

Her dedication to teaching and ability to teach, are what make a great teacher anywhere. My son had her as his second grade teacher during her first year at Hillcrest. It was his best year at Hillcrest (and one of the best teachers to work with as a parent). She continued to support him in his third grade year(not as his homeroom teacher), and for some kids it is unmeasurable, the knowledge your teacher cares about you beyond being a student in their class. She really did make a difference in my son's academic career, when he needed it. He is in high school now, and he still remembers everything she did for him.

Nick Yoho 10 years, 10 months ago

Congrats Kathy! Spend that money anywhere but Walmart!

Linda Endicott 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure the teacher chosen is a fine woman, and an excellent teacher.

But being chosen by Wal-Mart for any award doesn't do much for me. It's just an obvious PR move, and free advertisement.

And I'll bet that $1,000 has to be spent at Wal-Mart exclusively.

blackwalnut 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm touched that Wal-Mart gave this teacher $1,000. I'm glad the company has skylights. I'm glad they outsource recycling on their property only because the city has deigned that we are to depend on that source and it has not provided another.

Wal-Mart commits bad deeds every day and I won't shop there. I give credit for what they do right, and take away for what they do wrong, and the equation isn't one that allows me to shop there.

But Wal-Mart can change, and it should.

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