Mayeske named USD 231 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Lynne Hermansen
Gardner News

Matt Mayeske has taught freshman geography, honors geography classes and sophomore world history at Gardner Edgerton High School for the last five years.

On May 8, the Gardner Edgerton School District honored him as the USD 231 Secondary Teacher of the Year at the USD 231 Board of Education meeting.

Student Michael Lind said Mayeske was not only one of the most caring, passionate and fun teachers he had ever had throughout his academic career, but was also deeply motivational and heavily involved in the school community.

“What I remember most about Mr. Mayeske is his classroom lectures and lessons and remember them vividly,” he said. “He challenges us to think deeply about the world and helped me recognize my love for other cultures,” he said. “I owe much of my spark of passion to him.”

Mayeske is a 2013 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School and has also served as an assistant track coach the last two years.

Brian McGee, track coach, said Mayeske provides a safe space for all students and is a thought leader.

“He has a genuine heart for students who are lacking confidence and connection,” he said. “He provides insightful feedback for those students he works with.”

McGee said Mayeske identifies with the lost kids struggling to find their identity and connection to something good.

Mayeske has a master’s of science in teaching with a concentration in English language learning from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Mayeske is involved in many leadership teams and groups at the high school and sponsors multiple clubs and organizations.

Frank Bell, Gardner Edgerton High School principal, said he had never been around a more impactful teacher in his 22 years of education.

“Matt shines with all students,” he said. “But one of my favorite qualities that he possesses is he is a champion for the underdog student.”