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Meet Our Elementary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Werner!

The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Each year, Turner’s schools select their building teacher of the year nominee. Then, a committee selects one secondary and one elementary teacher as the district nominees. Congratulations to this year’s Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees, Mr. Jason Werner from Midland Trail Elementary! 

Q: Why did you choose to go into the teaching field?

A: I actually wanted to go into teaching early in life. I come from a family of teachers and pretty much lived at my elementary school, where my mom taught and my sister teaches now. I chose to not follow my heart after high school, but about ten years later I finally made the right choice, with the pushing and support of my now wife, to go back to school and get my education degree. For me teaching was a calling, not a choice, and I took too long to listen, but I’m so glad I finally did!

Q: What have you most enjoyed about teaching?

A: The relationships that have been built with students and coworkers. I still run into and talk with some of my first class of students, whom are seniors this year. I truly believe that the relationship building is the most vital piece in helping our students on a path to a successful adulthood.

Q: What do you most like about teaching in USD 202?

A: I really appreciate the diversity. I have learned so much about other cultures and communities from my time working in Turner.