Congratulations to Jessica Wyckoff

    Teacher of the Year

      Mrs. Wyckoff grew up in Garnett, Ks.  She graduated from Anderson County Junior Senior High School.  She went to Kansas State University in Manhattan, home of the Wildcats.  She received a Masters in special education in the areas of mental retardation and emotionally disturbed.

    This will be her 12th year of teaching.  She taught 4 years in Kansas, and then 6 years as an Assistant Camp Director at Camp Summit, a camp for children and adults with disabilities.  Jessica has spent the last 8 years at Union teaching the STARS class.

    Mrs. Wyckoff is married to Donald and they have two daughters Ella 6, a first grader at Union and Lilyan 4, a Pre-K student at Washington.  They live in the country where they farm and Donald works for OG&E as a Mechanical Engineer.

    Mrs. Wyckoff hobbies include cooking, baking, traveling, camping and exploring the places she visits.  She also enjoys going to Antique tractor shows with her husband.  Spending time with family and visiting her parents farm in Kansas are her most favorite things.

    When asked what she like about Union she stated,  "Students have compassion and empathy for students with special needs and welcomes them into their classes and treats them as friends.  The staf at Union are always working together to give their students fun and innovative lessons to help grow in their learning.

    Mrs. Wyckoff went into teaching because she had so many teachers that inspired her.  She also realized at a young age that she loved working with people with disabilities.  Since becoming a teacher she has enjoyed watching her students work hard to reach their learning goals and celebrating those small and big accomplishments with them.