Teachers of the Month



Mrs. VanDeCreek

Ryan Schafer

Joe Turner



South High School’s November Teacher of the Month is Carie VanDeCreek.  Mrs. VanDeCreek has taught for 26 years, all at South High!  She chose teaching as a profession to help all students strive to reach their full potential.  She was inspired by many great educational leaders growing up.  Mrs. VanDeCreek enjoys South High because ALL students have a change to feel accepted.  She loves seeing students reach their individual goals.  She wants everyone to know that it’s not a disability, it’s a different ability.  Congratulations, Mrs. VanDeCreek



South High School’s October Teacher of the Month is Ryan Schafer. Mr. Schafer has taught for 15 years, six at Salina Central, five at Salina West, and he is in his fourth year at Salina South. He remembers when he was in middle school, thinking he might want to be a teacher, and then Coach Mike Butler was a big inspiration to him in high school to pursue teaching as a career. Mr. Schafer enjoys the fact that he gets to do something he loves every day. Building relationships with students is his favorite part of teaching, and he loves seeing students accomplish things that they never thought they could do. He wants everyone to know that this generation of students is incredibly resilient, and that through all of the strange and difficult times over the past few years, students have shown up, time and time again. Congratulations, Mr. Schafer!


South High School’s September Teacher of the Month is Joseph Turner. Mr. Turner has taught English at South for five years, and has been teaching for eight years overall. Mr. Turner chose teaching to help students find passion and enjoyment in a subject that gets a bad reputation, and to help students create goals that will help in life outside of high school. He enjoys the connections he creates with colleagues and students. He likes the variety South High offers, with so many different individuals and their experiences, who can help us all learn who we are and what limitless potential we all have. Mr. Turner says that this is the community and the school district in which he was raised, and he wants to do his part every day to give back. Congratulations, Mr. Turner!