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November 13, 2020

Kansas State Department of Education celebrates two K-State Teachers of Promise

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Emily Hammond and Anne Kenworthy

Two fall graduates were chosen as Teachers of Promise by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Emily Hammond, senior in elementary education, and Anne Kenworthy, senior in secondary education, were selected for this honor.

The prestigious award is presented to two outstanding preservice teachers each semester after the faculty conducts a review and selection process. Each future teacher is then recognized as a Teacher of Promise by the Kansas Department of Education.

Hammond, from Pawnee Rock, was active with Christian Challenge, a campus ministry, and served as a member of the organization's leadership team from 2017-2019 and is currently working as an intern.

"Christ is my example in everything," Hammond said. "By imitating His earthly life, I am able to love and serve my students with compassion and patience that comes only through my faith in Him."  

She graduated from Hoisington High School in 2016 and is the daughter of Rusty and Mira Hammond.

Kenworthy will graduate with two bachelor's degrees — one in education; the other in theatre — and was also selected as an Outstanding Undergraduate awardee.

She believes her academic degrees along with her work with international students have shaped her as an educator.

"Through my cross-cultural experiences, I have become a more empathetic, inclusive and creative teacher," Kenworthy said.

She is the daughter of James and Linda Kenworthy, Manhattan, and graduated from Wamego High School in 2016.