Garden Plain Elementary School teacher Anne Weber was named as the teacher of the year by the Kansas Learning Center for Health. Contributed photo
By Jen Bookhout Garden Plain Elementary teacher Anne Weber has taken her fifth and sixth grade students to the Kansas Learning Center for Health nearly every year since she began teaching in the Renwick district 10 years ago. The learning center recently honored her with their “Teacher of the Year” award for her dedication to their programs. “She’s been very instrumental in making sure that the Garden Plain children come every year,” Marla Kaufman of the Kansas Learning Center for Health said. “We just can count on her.” The staff at the learning center have known Weber for many years, and seen her put every effort into getting her children to the learning center campus in Halstead. In the years that the school budget didn’t allow for the trip, Weber took it on herself to raise the funds. “It was really a total surprise,” Weber said of the honor. The fifth grade classes attend the puberty class at the learning center each year, and the sixth grade class attends the human growth and development program. Weber is looking into programs for the seventh and eighth grade classes as well. “I remember going when I was a kid in school,” Weber said. “The instructors are just amazing.” Weber is physical educator and health educator for kindergarten through eighth grade classes. She moved to this expanded role two years ago, and it has been a challenging learning experience, she said. But interacting with the students is her favorite part. “It’s never the same every day,” she said. “The day passes quickly, and the students enjoy coming. It’s never boring.” Her ongoing support of her students has earned her the attention of the learning center, leading the committee to select her for this year’s honor. “She’s a wonderful, kind person,” Kaufman said. “She’s just extremely committed to her students.” As for Weber, she is just practicing what she believes is the best way to educate her students; she never expected any awards. “I didn’t even know this award existed,” Weber said. “It was just a surprise. I’m very honored, and I appreciate it.” For more information about the Kansas Learning Center for Health, visit www.learningcenter.org.