TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A Kansas State University series called “Crash the Class” honored a Topeka teacher for her excellence in the classroom.
Ms. Kathy Anstaett, a special education teacher at Quincy Elementary, was surprised by her students, colleagues, and staff at the K-State College of Education department Thursday afternoon because Anstaett was selected to star in Kansas’ Crash the Class series Stay.
The series selects a named teacher who is also a K-State graduate, introduces them in a video, talks about their history, and recognizes them for their excellence as teachers.
Anstaett was nominated by Quincy Elementary principal Ms. Crow. Debbie Mercer, K-State University’s dean of graduate education, said Crow made a gracious application describing how Anstaett provided a welcoming environment for her students.
“The intent of ‘Crash The Class’ is to elevate the profession and honor an early career teacher,” said Mercer. “She was an outstanding student in our master’s program. She has been recruited into a PhD program of the aptitude she has shown but Ms Crow had a wonderful application for her and spoke about the learning environment she creates for her students which is very safe and inviting and said to every student who feels valued and empowered.”
Each episode of the series is available on the K-State College of Education website, along with an application form if you would like to nominate a teacher for the series.