Benedictine Grad Named to Teachers’ Hall of Fame

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Kathy Hines, a teacher at Atchison High School and 2008 graduate of the Master of Arts in School Leadership (MASL) program at Benedictine College, has been named to the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame.  Hines, along with eight others in the 2013 class, will join the Hall in a June induction ceremony.


“That is a great honor for Kathy and it is richly deserved,” said Dr. Dianna Henderson, a professor in the MASL program who taught Hines in her Education Law class.  “By the time she took my course, she had over 25 years of teaching experience in high school physical education, health, and as a coach.  Kathy used those many years of experience to share a great deal of her wisdom in all of our class discussions.”


After completing the leadership degree, Hines had an opportunity to help create a freshman transition program for USD 409 in an effort to enhance the success of eighth graders heading in to high school.  Although she received state licensure as a building leader through the MASL, she put administrative plans on hold and continues to teach the successful Freshmen Transition program, as well as the Tutorial At-Risk program and Health classes.


“I had been teaching physical education and health for 37 years and thought a change could be beneficial,” she said.  “I felt that the BC program prepared me, and all of the people who have completed it, to enter the administrative field with excellent qualifications.”


The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame, the first of its kind in the United States, has high standards for its inductees.  In addition to teaching in Kansas for a minimum of 25 years, nominees must also:

1) show evidence of outstanding teaching and/or administration

2) show evidence of positive interaction with students and parents

3) possess qualities that set him/her apart from other educators

4) demonstrate continued pursuit of educational opportunities throughout career

5) share ideas by conducting workshops, classes, etc. for parents, teachers and/or administrators

6) demonstrate involvement in community activities

7) exhibit educational recognition and awards

8) submit a 100 word description of his/her philosophy of education.

The Hall, established in 1977 in Dodge City, Kansas, has inducted more than 350 exemplary educators since its inception.  The Hall is dedicated to the early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to the profession.