National Teachers Hall of Fame
|Founder||Emporia State University|
City of Emporia
Emporia Public Schools
The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) is a non-profit organization that honors exceptional school teachers. It was founded in 1989 by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, Emporia Public Schools, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. The NTHF has a museum on Emporia State's campus that honors the teachers inducted. It also has a teacher resource center, and a recognition program, which recognizes five of the nation's most outstanding educators each June. The Hall of Fame annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching children. The first induction of five teachers was held in June 1992. To date, 130 teachers have been inducted into The National Teachers Hall of Fame representing 37 states and the District of Columbia.
Hall of Fame inductees will receive the following awards each year:
- A plaque bearing their name, picture, and a brief description for display in their school and the Hall of Fame
- A signet ring and lapel pin presented by Herff Jones, Inc.
- A permanent display in The National Teachers Hall of Fame museum
- A cast bronze Belltower Award sculpted by John Forsythe
- A personalized print of a one-room school classroom from American Fidelity Assurance
- Travel provided by Southwest Airlines, the official airline of The National Teachers Hall of Fame
Educators inducted into the Hall of Fame include:
National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductees
Memorial for Fallen Educators
On June 13, 2013, the NTHF executive director Carol Strickland, along with former ESU President Michael Shonrock, Bill Maness, representing U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, and former mayor Rob Gilligan, broke ground by the one-room school house located on the Emporia State campus to build a memorial for the educators who have fallen in the "line of duty". The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was the main inspiration for the memorial. On June 6, 2014, the granite memorial markers were placed along with granite benches. The official dedication was on June 12, 2014.
On September 21, 2015, United States Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas introduced a bill to the United States Congress to designate the memorial as the "National Memorial to Fallen Educators". Should the bill pass by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, the memorial would then need to be signed by the President of the United States, and the memorial would not become a unit of the National Park Service and would not allow Federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to that national memorial.
One in a Million – Educators Who Make a Difference initiative
This is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the NTHF which encourages citizens of The United States to honor a favorite educator or one who has made a difference in their life. For a minimum donation of one dollar, one can fill out the downloadable form from the NTHF website and submit their donation and nomination. In turn, the Hall of Fame will permanently preserve the educator's name and information on a special webpage as well as in the National Teachers Hall of Fame Museum in Emporia, Kansas. This is a way to say "thank you" to those who have influenced lives from across the nation and to preserve the legacies of those classroom heroes. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of the Hall of Fame and of the importance of the education profession.