language arts teacher Sarah Goodman has been named a recipient of the Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Kansas School of Education.
The Wolfe Award recognizes first-class educators who have greatly impacted students' lives, and nominees are submitted by University of Kansas seniors. Goodman was nominated by 2017 Eureka High graduate Zachary Thomason.
"The passion, drive, and energy Mrs. Goodman puts into investing in her students is unparalleled," Thomason wrote in his nomination. "If the heart of teaching is the teacher and their love of educating today’s youth, there is no one who exemplifies that more than Mrs. Goodman does. To say that there is no single educator who has changed my life more than Mrs. Goodman would be a reflection of the reality that she is a remarkable educator worthy of achievement and accolade – not that she would ever admit as much. It takes something special to not only see a student to the finish line, but to ensure that they have the tools and support to make it wherever their heart leads them next. Mrs. Goodman has that something special, and she has shown it repeatedly."
As an award recipient, Goodman earns a cash award for herself and for Eureka High. The university hopes to honor Goodman and the other Wolfe Award recipients during commencement weekend in 2022.
Goodman is a National Board Certified teacher who has served as a new teacher mentor, curriculum writer and as a district Professional Development Committee chair since she began her teaching career at Eureka High in 2009.