Teachers receive awards from VFW, KU
A long-time Basehor-Linwood High School teacher received a standing ovation Monday night during an award presentation in his honor.
Art Wells, a Basehor high school teacher for the last 35 years, is the winner of the Kansas Veterans of Foreign Wars teacher of the year for the high school division. Members of the Basehor VFW and educators from the Basehor-Linwood School District presented Wells the award Monday during the School Board meeting.
Basehor VFW member Jim Oberg said Wells exemplifies a teacher that "cares deeply about America and its children."
Leroy Scharnhorst, a science teacher at the high school for the past five years, nominated Wells, whom he credits for helping along his own path in teaching.
Scharnhorst said when he and other teachers heard that nominations were being accepted for the award, all felt "Art would be perfect for that."
He also noted Wells' "endless energy in the classroom and extracurricular activities."
Wells began teaching in Basehor in 1969. Since then, he has taught at the high school, coached basketball, wrestling, football and track, and sponsored or volunteered to help an assortment of science clubs and other activities.
"You chose a career that was obviously the right one for you," Basehor-Linwood superintendent Jill Hacket told Wells Monday night.
Wells wasn't the only educator honored Monday night. Seven school district educators were presented awards from the University of Kansas commemorating 25 years of service spent teaching.
Those receiving awards Monday night were:
- Mike Boyd, Basehor-Linwood Middle School
- Paul Brown, Basehor-Linwood High School
- Tom Cooper, Basehor-Linwood Middle School
- Victoria Davids, Basehor Elementary School
- Nancy Lessig, Linwood Elementary.
- Sue Ryan, Basehor-Linwood High School
- Janice Walker, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School