Armendariz to be Inducted into Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame
Jim Armendariz, Principal at Ogden Elementary School, will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City on June 2, 2018.
He is the 15th teacher from Manhattan to be inducted.
He received his BS degree in elementary education from Kansas State University in 1988 and began his teaching career at Bluemont Elementary School in 1989 – teaching 4th grade and 6th grade and serving as an assistant principal. He became the principal at Ogden Elementary School in 2002.
“It’s a special honor to be recognized for giving to something you love,” states Armendariz. “I’ve had the privilege of serving in a progressive district, in innovative schools, with a dedicated team, and awesome students. I am blessed to represent the education community!”
In 1977, the first state Teachers’ Hall of Fame was established in Dodge City. Kansas. Since its inception, 396 exemplary educators have been inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Each year nominations are accepted from each of the twelve districts in Kansas. The state selection committee meets in March to review the candidates and complete the selection process.
The inductees meet the highest of standards. The teacher must 1) show evidence of outstanding teacher and/or administration; 2) show evidence of positive interactions with the students and parents; 3) possess qualities that set him/her apart from other educators; 4) demonstrate continued pursuit of educational opportunities through career; 5) share ideas by conducting workshops, classes, etc. for parents, teacher, and/or administrators; 6) demonstrate involvement in community activities; 7) exhibit education recognitions and awards; and 8) submit a 100 word description of his/her philosophy of education. Additionally, nominee must have been a K-12 or Vocational School teacher or administrator for a minimum of 25 years in Kansas.