Teacher of the Month

2023 - 2024 Teachers of the Month

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kgSeptember 2023 - Kira Gilbert

Central High School's teacher of the month for September 2023 is Kira Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert is a Spanish teacher. Eighteen years ago she started working at USD 305 as a para educator, then a substitute. Ms. Kira has been teaching Spanish here at Central for 3 years. Her inspiration to become a teacher were the same students whom she had the opportunity to teach for many years in the different stages of work in the school district. She was always sure that her vocation would be to work as a teacher. What she loves about teaching is filling the students with good energy where all her students can be in class with a beautiful smile. Ms. Gilbert's message to parents and the community is "highlight the positive characteristics that your children have. It will help them be better human beings and they will try to be more successful everyday. Explain to them when wrong decisions are made, bad results can be obtained, but those mistakes will help them be a better person".  


October 2023 - Trey Cullins

T.cullinsCentral High School's teacher of the month for October 2023 is Trey Cullins. Mr. Cullins is an English teacher. He has been teaching for four years. One year has been in Junction City, one at Lakewood Middle School and two here at Central. His reason for teaching is he likes to incorporate his skills to positively impact students everyday. Most of his his mentors and role models throughout his life have been teachers, his parents and professors who instilled confidence in his abilities. What he loves about teaching is that storytelling is crucial for understanding human condition, and he enjoys leading students through challenging texts to learn about themselves and others. Joy and hope are evident when students achieve unexpected goals. Mr. Cullins message to parents and the community is " teaching involves imparting ideas and igniting within others. Working with a powerful staff at USD305 improved his teaching skills and motivated him to give back to the community that raised him".



November 2023 - Jennifer Buchholz

jbCentral High School's teacher of the month for November 2023 is Jennifer Buchholz. Ms. Buchholz is a special education science teacher. She has been teaching for twenty six years, which twenty four of those have been here at Salina Central. Growing up, teaching was a passion, inspired by great elementary teachers. Her biggest inspiration was her 3rd grade teacher who stood out for her patience, kindness, and welcoming approach, fostering fun educational projects. What she enjoys the most about teaching is getting to know the students. She gets to watch them mature and grow into capable adults throughout their 4 years at Central. Ms. Buchholz's message to parents and the community is "stay involved in your student's education throughout high school. Support from families is as important during high school as it was in elementary school".





December 2023 - Kevin Patrick 

k.patrickCentral High School's teacher of the month for December 2023 is Kevin Patrick. Mr. Patrick is science teacher. He has been teaching for twenty eight years, which three of those have been here at Salina Central. Mr. Patrick chose teaching as his profession after being inspired by his high school teacher Mr. Dahlsten who continued to encourage him throughout college. He enjoys helping people understand complex ideas and teaching them new skills for their future. What he enjoys most about teaching is building a relationship with each and every student and watch them come up with creative solutions to solve problems. Mr. Patrick's message to parents and the community would be "to lead by example and strive to create a positive and inspiring environment where the student can excel". 





January 2024 - Angela Botz

A.BotzCentral High School's teacher of the month for January 2024 is Angela Botz. Ms.Botz is a special education math teacher. She has been teaching for three years. She chose teaching as her profession because she had a passion for helping students reach their full potential that was inspired by Julie Opat and Marysa McCartney. What Ms. Botz enjoys the most about teaching is seeing a student's aha moment when they understand the concept. Her message to parents and the community would be " encourage students to read, help them with homework, and congratulate them on their achievements. This will significantly impact their performance".  







February 2024 - Guillermo Rodriguez

G.RodriguezCentral High School's teacher of the month for February 2024 is Guillermo Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez is the band teacher. He has been teaching for seven years, which three of those have been here at Salina Central. He chose teaching as his profession after his high school band director, Steve Holloman created the opportunity for him to tutor fifth grade saxophone students after school. What he enjoys about teaching the most is seeing the pride in students when they accomplish a task they have been working towards, from fifth grade beginners learning their first song to high school students performing in state ensembles. His message to parents and the community would be "live in the moment and enjoy the experiences your children have in school. Celebrate and encourage involvement in the many great programs offered in our public schools. Thank you to everyone who inspired my passion in music and pedagogy".




March 2024 - Mason Frost

mfrostCentral High School's teacher of the month for March 2024 is Mason Frost. Mr. Frost is a math teacher. He has been teaching for two years. He chose teaching as his profession because he has a knack for math. His mother and middle school teacher Mrs. Ditto were his inspiration to teach. What he enjoys about teaching the most is seeing the students succeed and comprehend the concept being taught. His message to parents and the community would be " always be ready to learn". 









April 2024 - Sarah Byarlay 

S.ByarlayCentral High School's teacher of the month for April 2024 is Sarah Byarlay. Ms.Byarlay is an English teacher. She has taught for six years, which two of those have been here at Salina Central. She chose teaching as her profession because she strives everyday to become the teacher she wishes she had when she was younger. Ms.Byarlay wanted to be a teacher but dropped out due to family trauma. After joining the military, she earned her GED and began college classes. Her inspiration is to be a safe, comfortable teacher, providing students with respect, love and support. What she enjoys about teaching the most is being able to teach literature and its impact on our everyday understanding of the world. She believes that English classes can prepare individuals for post- high school life. Ms.Byarlay also appreciates former students visiting her and keeping her updated on their progress. She loves seeing her students succeed and achieve their goals. Her message to parents and the community would be " support educators in showing your students their value and capability in various aspects of their lives. It emphasizes the importance of setting goals and achieving aspirations. It also emphasizes the importance of remembering the conversations that built them up. It urges educators to show the next generation that they are skilled, competent, and talented, despite the ongoing battle against negative mindsets". 


May 2024 - Ashley Hanson 

A.HansonCentral High School's teacher of the month for May 2024 is Ashley Hanson. Ms. Hanson is a roving teacher. She has taught for fourteen years, which two of those have been here at Salina Central. She chose teaching as her career because she wanted to do something with more of an impact on others. Her high school teacher inspired her to get a degree in accounting and now she gets to teach accounting and other business classes. What she enjoys teaching the most is the content. Ms. Hanson gets to teach them about the real world and prepare them for life after high school. Her message to parents and the community is " stay informed, be involved in your student's learning, and promote kindness, empathy, and respect for diversity within our school community".