Archive for Friday, September 9, 2011

Two Lawrence teachers recognized with awards funded by KU Credit Union

September 9, 2011


Jason Karlin went back to school.

Samantha Saltz’s husband is in school.

Friday afternoon, the two second-year teachers learned something themselves — that they grade out as the two top novice teachers in the entire Lawrence school district.

The evidence: Each received a personal visit in class Friday afternoon from district Superintendent Rick Doll, who lauded each for exemplary skills in the classroom and abilities to connect with students.

Each received a Horizon Award, a $250 check courtesy of KU Credit Union, and clearance to be nominated for a statewide Horizon Award.

“It’s very exciting,” said Karlin, who teaches math at Lawrence High School after a 15-year career as an engineer and IT professional. “It really reinforces the hard work that being a teacher is, and really makes it all worthwhile.”

Saltz, a graduate of Concordia College in Oregon, came to Lawrence as her husband, Zach, pursues a doctorate in film at Kansas University. Now a first-grade teacher at New York School, she found herself shocked Friday to be receiving a surprise visit from Doll, other administrators and several of her friends.

“It’s nice to feel recognized for all the hard work that I did this year and last year,” she said. “It’s just incredible.”

The district had 26 first-year teachers a year ago, and this year has 29.


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