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Ad Astra Radio’s January Peoples Bank and Trust Classroom Hero Lisa Klinkerman


By Brenna Eller


GALVA, Kan. — Ad Astra Radio is proud to announce the most recent recipient of the Classroom Hero Award presented by Peoples Bank and Trust.

2nd Grade Teacher Lisa Klinkerman is currently in her 18th year of teaching at Canton-Galva Elementary School.

Mrs. Klinkerman originally grew up in McPherson and graduated from McPherson High School in 1986. After getting married, she moved away, but later ended up coming back to McPherson County. 

“I took some time off to be a stay-at-home mom,” Klinkerman said. “I taught for two years prior.”

Each month, Ad Astra Radio randomly selects a different educator, from community nominations, to receive the Classroom Hero Award, along with a “Thank You” gift basket. Gift items are courtesy of community partners, including Peoples Bank and Trust, Midway Motors, Stutzman’s Greenhouse, Heartbeat Coffee, and The Foto Cowboy.

In an anonymous nomination, a community member wrote that Mrs. Klinkerman is a fantastic and dedicated teacher.

When it comes to teaching, Mrs. Klinkerman loves most when she sees they understand the material. 

“I love that nourishment,” Klinkerman explained. “I love small groups and getting to work with them.” 

She enjoys teaching second graders specifically because she sees major growth from the time they start second grade. 

“By the end of second grade, they just grow so much, not just in academic growth but also emotional growth,” Klinkerman said. “They just grow up.”

Mrs. Klinkerman shared that she also loves her students’ personalities.

“I love that in second grade they start to get your sense of humor,” Klinkerman said, “They still love their teacher in second grade.” 

She also explained that she prefers teaching second graders because she doesn’t have to worry about girl/boy drama other teachers usually have with older grade levels. 

The Classroom Hero Award seeks to highlight the hard work and dedication of those on the front lines in our local schools. Nominations are continually being accepted at http://adastraradio.com/classroom-hero.

Ad Astra Radio has been locally owned and operated since 1986 and is proud to be your hometown radio station.