Beloved Native Science Instructor Chris Vitt to be Inducted into The Kansas Academics’ Corridor of Fame
The Brown County Affiliation of Retired Faculty Personnel is happy and honored to announce that their nominee for 2021, Chris Vitt, might be inducted into The Kansas Instructor’s Corridor of Fame June 5 in Dodge Metropolis.
Mr. Vitt was an exemplary science instructor of Human Anatomy and Biology at Hiawatha Excessive Faculty for 34 of his 35 years educating. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Emporia State College in 1984, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to realize a Grasp of Science in Biology Schooling from Emporia State College in 1991. Mr. Vitt additionally earned many awards and honors over his tenure in educating. He was Hiawatha USD 415 Instructor of the 12 months in each 1996, and 2016. He was additionally Walmart Instructor of the 12 months in 1996. In 2002-2003 the Pony Specific Uniserve District named him “Excellent Educator.” Then is 2015 the Pony Specific Uniserve District introduced Mr. Vitt with the Management Award.
This wasn’t the primary time fellow academics and directors had requested Mr. Vitt to simply accept a nomination to the KS Instructor’s Corridor of Fame.
“I’ve at all times been reluctant to ‘toot my very own horn.’ As a fourth-generation instructor, I’ve been taught by, and taught with, many great academics who’re a minimum of as worthy of this honor as I’m.” mentioned Vitt.
When BCARSP members requested Mr. Vitt if he would settle for the nomination this 12 months, he declined once more, at first. However the members have been adamant that he ought to be within the Corridor of Fame, and after a lot time and persistence, Mr. Vitt humbly accepted the nomination.
Lots of his former college students keep in mind him as their favourite instructor. He had excessive requirements for his college students, however he was at all times prepared and obtainable to assist them obtain success in his courses each earlier than and after faculty. Mr. Vitt created the Biology Membership, and helped youngsters increase the cash to go to a Marine Biology Analysis Middle within the Bahamas for per week. To make this journey doable, Mr. Vitt began a recycling middle within the Excessive Faculty parking zone which he labored, together with the children, one Saturday morning monthly for over 20 years.
College students and fogeys additionally helped Mr. Vitt make 1000’s of scrumptious burritos to promote, to not point out the numerous concessions stands he managed at dwelling video games. Annually Mr. Vitt would take his Human Anatomy class on a subject journey to school cadaver labs for a day. He took his Biology courses to native streams to conduct bio-diversity research to then predict the water high quality primarily based on that data. Mr. Vitt additionally constructed and maintained a twelve-acre prairie space behind the highschool for use not solely by his biology courses, however many different academics and college students as properly.
Over time, Mr. Vitt coached golf, volleyball, basketball and soccer. He spent a lot of his weekends and evenings in school, planning for the upcoming week’s courses and grading papers.
On the identical time, Mr. Vitt was holding many positions that helped his fellow academics. After serving as a Pony Specific Uniserve Consultant to Brown County for a few years, he served because the Hiawatha District Uniserve Vice President 3 years, and President of Hiawatha District Uniserve for one more 3 years. He was additionally a member of the instructor’s negotiating crew for a number of years, and head negotiator for a number of years. That is solely a small pattern of what Mr. Vitt did at HHS for his college students and colleagues.
The next are some statements from his former college students.
“You (Mr. Vitt) typically come up in our conversations when reminiscing about highschool. I do know that my confidence in selecting the trail of medication began in your class, and I’m grateful for the time you invested in me and my classmates.” ~ Brynn W.
“You push all of your college students to be one of the best that they are often, and I understand how to achieve success academically due to you. You’re a nice position mannequin and an exquisite determine to comply with. I like your humorousness; I laughed on daily basis in your class. I love your love to your job, and that you simply give 110%. Due to you, I do know who I wish to be, and the way I wish to stay via my future. Thanks for being one of the best.”
“Mr. Vitt, I want to thanks for having such an incredible impression on my life. I want to thanks for being one of the best instructor a pupil may ask for. You made me love biology and anatomy a lot. You helped me resolve to do what I get pleasure from, and what areas I wish to go into with my profession.” ~ Alex R.
“I’m unsure I ever advised you, however you’re a big a part of my inspiration to enter drugs. You launched me to the world of science and let me discover my curiosity in biology, anatomy, and microbiology. You had a approach of educating science that allowed room for religion and perception. You helped information me towards a career the place I can use my love of science, drugs, and my religion to assist heal others.” ~ Jack N.
Quite a few colleagues, former college students, and fogeys wrote letters of advice for Chris Vitt’s nomination. BCARSP want to thank all of the individuals who contributed to the appliance course of. This contains: Jean Brintnall, Staci Charles, Bob and Margaret Hankins, B.H. Pennel, Dr. Julie Rosa’, John Severin, Mark Sudbeck, and Mr. Vitt’s household.
Mr. Vitt retired from educating in 2020, and resides close to Powhattan. We congratulate Chris Vitt on an particularly profitable profession educating science and good citizenship to Excessive Faculty College students in Hiawatha. He has touched the lives of so many college students, dad and mom, and colleagues in such a constructive, life-changing approach. Thanks, Mr. Vitt.