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May 12, 2017


Scheurich to receive award from governor


Scheurich to receive award from governorLaVaughan Scheurich, Cowley College adult education instructional staff member, was recently recognized as the Contact Worker of the Year by the Winfield and Wichita correctional centers. Governor Sam Brownback will present the award to Scheurich on June 14.


Scheurich teaches the continuing education GED program in Winfield.


LaVaughan has worked as a GED Instructor for the Winfield Correctional Facility (WCF) for two years. In that time, she has graduated 58 students. On March 28 the facility celebrated the graduation of 10 students.


“She has been able to adjust and adapt her teaching style even when testing became computer based,” WCF deputy warden Paul Snyder said. “She is dedicated to her students and their goals, while holding them accountable for their actions and reactions. She is a valued asset to both the offender population and WCF.”


Scheurich said she is honored to be recognized for doing what she loves.


“My hope is that my work with these inmates will help them in being successful members of society once they are released,” Scheurich said. “They will release with the distinction of having earned the high school diploma that many of them never thought possible. Having that high school diploma can open new doors of opportunity for them as they begin to look for employment and/or further post-secondary educational opportunities. Educators in the Greenbush/Cowley College Adult Education Department/KDOC education staff are all about being “life changers.” I hope that is what I have done and will continue to do.”


Jay Hertel, Greenbush Director of Correctional Education for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said corrections education can be very challenging at times. Often teachers have to break through barriers such as: stereo types, learning disabilities or barriers, students have been away from education and learning for several years.


“Respect, given and received, typically is very important in the correctional setting,” Hertel said. “Ms. Scheurich is greatly respected by Winfield Correctional Facility staff and her students. She is very compassionate about learning and student success. She makes time for individual learning styles and ensures that every student is given an opportunity to experience success, but also instills that success is not given but earned. Ms. Scheurich is a great teacher and her students are blessed to have her in the classroom. We are very fortunate to have her as part of the Greenbush/Cowley County C.C./KDOC education staff.”