Former BLHS teacher recieves honor
A former Basehor-Linwood High School teacher is among this year's inductees to the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame.
Josh Anderson, who started his career teaching debate, forensics and American Literature at Basehor-Linwood in 1997 and was the 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year, was one of four people and two organizations honored during induction ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 3, at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Anderson, who finished among the top four in the 2007 National Teacher of the Year competition, now teaches at Olathe Northwest, where he helped open the doors on the nation's first high school to provide handheld computers and keyboards to every student. In addition, his debate team is ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
He was joined in the hall of fame by fellow inductees Andy Tompkins of Topeka, the longest serving education commissioner in Kansas history, two deceased educators, Richard Warren, a teacher, principal and guidance counselor for more than 50 years in the Leavenworth public schools; and Sister Mary Janet McGilley, who served as president of Saint Mary College from 1964-89.
Organizations selected to the Class of 2007 were the Science Pioneers and the Hallmark Foundation, both of Kansas City, Mo.