Raylin Ledbetter has taught math at Circle High School for 17 years. Currently the Honors Algebra II and Honors Geometry teacher, Raylin prepares and implements lessons that challenge her students and require them to go above and beyond. She strives to stay current in the classroom by utilizing the latest teaching technology. Raylin is also the director of our MTSS program and dedicates many hours each semester to assure the program runs efficiently and successfully. Raylin is well-liked and respected by students and teachers alike. Students enjoy being in her classroom because of her welcoming ways and witty sense of humor. They also quickly recognize that she knows the subject material well and explains it to them in a way that is easy to grasp and comprehend. In addition, Raylin has earned the respect of the teaching staff through her voice of reasoning and her dedication to the improvement of CHS. Raylin is a true professional, in every sense of the word. She has dedicated 17 years to the Circle district and is very deserving of the Teacher of the Year honor.
As the music and band teacher for Circle Oil Hill Elementary, Kelly demonstrates a love and enthusiasm for music that engages his students and makes even the shyest of students come out of their shell. As a colleague, I get to see all the “behind-the-scenes” work he puts into every one of his programs. From lighting, to audio, to amazing choreography, he is extremely organized and shows the utmost poise when things don’t go exactly as planned. Along with five programs a year, Kelly prepares speaking parts for his programs for every type of students and personality. This year, I was so excited to watch a little first grader speak a one line part in Kelly’s Kansas Day Program. This little girl, who is terrified to speak in front of her classmates, spoke with confidence and was given so much encouragement and congratulations from Kelly. Kelly has the special talent of eliciting the very best from his students, both in the classroom and outside the classroom. I experience this first hand every day during bus duty. As the students come into the school cafeteria, they find their seats and are instructed to work or read quietly. This is a difficult thing to do for kids at the end of the school day, but when Kelly shows up with his bucket of gum, the cafeteria becomes quiet. Kelly rewards those that follow directions and all the kids are eager to please him. We had a new student come in the middle of the year and during her first week waiting for the bus she asked, “Where’s the gum man?” Kelly’s students love to be around him and work hard to please him.