Great Bend USD 428 is proud to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our teachers and staff. As a district, we are fortunate to employ individuals who care deeply about their profession, their craft, and the students they serve. It is the goal Board of Education and USD 428 Administration to regularly recognize and reward the accomplishments of our teachers as well as their loyalty and longevity in the district.
Milestones matter. Each year of service represents hundreds of students who have benefited from the dedication and expertise our staff contributes. Whether they stand in front of a classroom or work behind a desk, their work at USD 428 contributes to the greater good of our schools, our district, and our community.
About the Milestone Program:
Launched in 2020, the Milestone Program seeks to recognize the career longevity and continuous service of teachers and staff. By investing their time and talents in a career at USD 428, our employees impact our district’s culture and most importantly, they encourage successful outcomes for our students. Throughout the year, USD 428 will celebrate the following milestones with special recognition and tokens of appreciation.
Teacher of the Year
Each year, Great Bend USD 428 recognizes an elementary and secondary teacher as the local Teacher of the Year. These teachers are then nominated to the state-wide Kansas Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education.
Local Nominations accepted in January
USD 428 Teachers of the Year - Announced annually in March/April
Kansas Teacher of the Year Finalists - Announced in September by KSDE
USD 428 Teachers of the Year receive a $500 classroom stipend and an additional personal day to work on the State KTOY application.
2020 & 2021
Signe Cook, STATE FINALIST
Joyce Anschutz, STATE FINALIST
Crystal Cross, STATE FINALIST
The Horizon Award, presented in the fall, recognizes exemplary new teachers starting their second year of teaching. Great Bend USD 428 recognize these outstanding novice teachers locally and nominate them to the Kansas State Department of Education's Kansas Horizon Award program.
USD 428 is proud of its staff and wants to encourage longevity among its teachers. Annually, USD 428 contributes $500 to a 403b plan for each teacher. After 5 years with the district, teachers become 10% vested and they continue to gain 10% vested status each year after that until they are fully vested at 15 years. As the balance and earnings on the account grow each year, the amount teachers can access each year grows also grows.
Years of Service
$2,500 + growth
$5,000 + growth
$7,500 + growth
25 Year Recognition
Each May, USD 428 celebrates our teachers who have reached the 25 year milestone in their teaching career. Teachers are invited to attend a special banquet and are recognized with a certificate from the University of Kansas.
Each May, USD 428 celebrates the teachers and staff who are entering retirement. Hosting a banquet in their honor, administrators, peers and family gather to recognize the commitment and dedication they have provided to their students and career.