Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay's Teacher of the Year She's Making an Impact on Handicapped

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay's Teacher of the Year She's Making an Impact on Handicapped

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Having a positive impact on children is what lured Kathryn

Krudwig into teaching and her success with the emotionally

handicapped students as a behavior resource specialist at

Wilkinson Junior High School, is one of the reasons she is the

1997 Clay County School District Teacher of the Year.

Krudwig, who was chosen from among 27 other teachers in the

county for their contributions to the field of education, was

given top honors at an awards ceremony held at Clay High School

earlier in the week.

"Every time I have worked with a child and known that I had

some kind of impact, it has kept me coming back to the

classroom," said Krudwig. "I am very pleased and humbled by this

award and happy to be a part of Clay County."

Krudwig, who hails from Wisconsin, spent a good portion of her

teaching career in the Midwest. She began teaching in Clay

County four years ago, but her 24 years of experience in

education spans elementary, junior and senior high school. Over

the years, she has taught children who are gifted, learning

disabled, blind, physically handicapped, deaf, emotionally

handicapped and severely emotionally disturbed.

At the awards ceremony a statement was read that described one

of Krudwig's major strengths as a teacher being her dedication

to the development and implementation of original and innovative

teaching methods. Over the years, she has developed a

comprehensive behavioral change program called Earning Success

in School, which is being used with her students and others who

need to be taught specific skills such as stress management.

Krudwig attributes her success with students on her belief in

the concept of "due regard."

"I believe each individual has intrinsic worth and dignity,"

Krudwig said. "It requires inner vision to see the potential in

others and to know that one can support another's growth."

Those who know Krudwig say she strives to bring out the best in

her students and everyone else around her. …

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