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Ray Linville named 2016 Kansas Master Teacher

Posted Date: 03/10/2016

Ray Linville named 2016 Kansas Master Teacher

Ray Linville, instrumental music teacher for grades 5-12, is one of seven Kansas Master Teachers who were named this year’s best teachers in the state. Linville teaches band and jazz band to students at Andover High School, Andover Middle School, Cottonwood Elementary, Wheatland Elementary and Robert Martin Elementary.

Described as “classroom trendsetter who generously shares his knowledge,” “exceptionally patient and kind,” and “dedicated, selfless, kind-hearted, funny,” Ray Linville “knows his students both personally and musically in selecting music to match their strengths.” And, once every four years, he organizes and leads the band to perform at a national bowl game and parade. As one parent summed it up, he has the “patience of a saint.”

Mr. Linville graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s of music education from The University of Kansas and earned his master’s in conducting from Southern Oregon University in 2005. He taught in Neodesha, Iola, Hesston, and Pratt before coming to Andover in 2001. 

The committee is comprised of the president or designated representative from prominent educational organizations such as: Kansas-National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education, Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, Kansas Division of the American Association of University Women, and United School Administrators. Two Master Teachers from the previous year also serve on the committee.

The 2016 Master Teachers will be honored on Master Teacher Day to be held April 6 at Emporia State University. On that day, the teachers will present a seminar at 2:30 p.m.and will then be honored during a social hour at 5:45 p.m. followed by the dinner awards program at 6:30 p.m.

Emporia State established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers. Ray is one of eight Andover teachers to be named a Kansas Master Teacher.

To learn more about Ray Linville, you can read his Master Teacher profile here.

Congratulations Ray!