It’s Teacher Appreciation Week—a time to honor the devoted teachers in our lives. This week we are highlighting five teachers who were nominated by colleagues for their outstanding contributions and dedication. Each of these teachers will receive $100 in books from Booksource. Thanks to teachers everywhere for all that you do!

Katherine Speagle


Kathy is an avid reader and absolutely fantastic teacher. She turns students on to books in her Reading Plus class. She connects Katherine Speaglewith students on all levels and never gives up on them. Kathy has a fabulous sense of humor and injects it into her teaching. She’s very creative and can turn anything into a teachable moment. Even during her battle with cancer. She started a book club with students with her own funds. This has grown and the conversation surrounding the titles she chooses is very high level. SHE IS AMAZING!

Grade Level: Seventh Grade

From: Topeka, Kansas

Favorite Book: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Favorite Teaching Moment: Seeing the Aha Moment when a student finally gets it.

When you have free time you like to: Read and garden.

If you were an animal you would be a: Otter

Favorite Food: Banana

Favorite Movie/TV Show: The Walking Dead

Katherine says, “I read way more young adult lit than I read adult lit. I have to stay one step ahead of the kids.”

Congratulations Katherine!

We want to recognize other nominated teachers for their outstanding work. Each teacher will receive $25 in books. Thanks for all you do!

Susan Foster from St. Augustine, Florida

Michelle Kunz from Des Moines, Iowa

Kelsey Bower from Iowa

Cindy Barnhardt from Arkansas

Linda Marshall from Florida

Ana Chacon from Florida

Cynthia Hutchinson from Florida

Michelle Martinez from Florida

Karen Mejia from Florida

Esme Leal from Humble, Texas

Kristin Henness from Oklahoma

Gerald Stephens from Hoover, Alabama

Melinda Willingham from Cullman, Alabama

Ann Marie Corgill from Mountain Brook, Alabama

Sara Henry from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jessica Czymanski from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Angela Sadowski from Racine, Wisconsin