Basehor teacher cited for engaging students
Colleagues, students, administrators and now the state have taken notice of second-year teacher Hillary Raple.
Raple, a fourth-grade teacher at Basehor Elementary School, was named Monday as a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award, an honor given by the Kansas State Department of Education to recognize outstanding new teachers.
"There are people who are born with an intuition in knowing how to reach and teach children, and Basehor Elementary has experienced this gift in Hillary," said Cynthia Pedroza, learning disabilities specialist. "She consistently demonstrates an innate knowledge of effective teaching and working with children. Not only does she provide a highly structured and organized setting for student learning, but she ensures success by adapting expectations to each student's competency and maintains vigilant monitoring of student progress in known areas of need."
Raple is also known for her ability to engage students who need a little bit of extra help as well as students who require more challenging coursework.
"Mrs. Raple definitely subscribes to the current No Child Left Behind theory of education," said Jayne Denny, fourth-grade teacher at BES. "It is her personal mission to reach every child. Whether it's tutoring those who are struggling with math, developing special lessons that will be meaningful to students or integrating technology into her social studies curriculum, Mrs. Raple commits the time and energy to reach every child."
It is also apparent Raple is making quite a name for herself among those who do not work in the district. Both parents and students give the same praise as do district employees.
"She is a really cool teacher," said one former student. "She's nice and really teaches you good stuff!"