Hays NEA names Master Teacher of the Year

Tara O'ConnorHays NEA 2013 Master Teacher of the Year is Tara O’Connor.

She has taught in the USD 489 school district for 16 years. She currently teaches science and communications at Hays Middle School.

Other finalists from the district that were honorably recognized this year are Linda Lang and Jenny Prine (Lincoln), Gina Johnson (O’Loughlin), Rita Legleiter (Roosevelt), Stacie Zimmerman (Wilson), Dayna Crawford (Washington), Desirae Kinderknecht (HHS), Robin Henman (Special Education, USD 489).

Tara will be honored at the Hays NEA Master Teacher / Retiree Banquet on April 30th.

  • Tammy

    Congrats Tara!

  • ?

    Does Rita Legleiter have a teacher’s certificate?

    • Riana Legleiter

      Yes, my mom does have a teaching certificate! She teaches art AND helps in other classrooms at Roosevelt, and is excellent! Also, Congrats to Tara!! She is a great lady and definitely deserves it! :)

    • Traci Henning

      Every art, music, library and P.E. teacher in our district must have a teaching degree. Most have a master’s degree. Rita is an absolutely amazing teacher!
      Congratulations Tara!