• Teacher: Susan Credille
  • Subject: Mathematics
  • School: Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
  • Awarded: December 2011

Teacher Bio - "I know exactly what I'll do with the money," Susan Credille announced after being surprised with a $1,500 award check in front of her peers at what would normally have been a standard weekly teacher's meeting. But it wasn't until after the meeting and in an interview with a news team from Wichita's KWCH Channel 12 that Credille admitted she was planning to use the financial gift -- which was granted to her personally -- to buy Texas Instrument Graphic Calculators for her students. She noted, "I think the calculators will help them when they get together to do their problem solving."

Susan Credille walked into her regular weekly teacher's meeting at Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita, Kansas, unaware she had been recently selected as the Educating Excellence Award winner for December. When she was presented with a check for $1,500 as part of the award, friends and students of Credille were not surprised about what happened next. "I know exactly what I'll do with the money," Credille announced after being surprised with the check. She told a news team from KWCH Channel 12 in Wichita she was planning to use the financial gift - which was granted to her personally - to buy Texas Instrument graphic calculators for her students. "I think the calculators will help (students) when they get together to do their problem solving," Credille noted.

This commitment to her students and generosity as both a teacher and colleague explain the enthusiastic nomination letters that were submitted on Credille's behalf for an Educating Excellence Award and the reason she was selected as December's winner. Credille, who chairs the math department at Northeast Magnet, is often using her summer break and own resources to attend math workshops. She has become a valued resource for other teachers in the department by generously sharing new knowledge, lesson plans and worksheets. Additionally, Credille goes out of her way to mentor new teachers and those in training. For these and many other reasons people refer to her as "The Incredible Credille!"

This commitment to students and generosity both as a teacher and colleague help explain the enthusiastic nomination letters that were submitted on Credille's behalf. Credille, who chairs the math department at Northeast Magnet, often uses her summer breaks as well as her own resources to attend math workshops. She has become a valued resource for other teachers in the department by sharing knowledge, lesson plans and worksheets with fellow staff members. Additionally, Credille goes above and beyond her regular duties in the classroom to mentor new teachers and those in training. For these and many other reasons, staff and students at the school refer to her as "The Incredible Credille!"

Beyond her commitment to professional development, Credille's classroom style is engaging and impactful. Her lessons are never static, and students find themselves involved in interactive demonstrations, group activities and new technology so often, there is no room for boredom or frustration.

If the Educating Excellence Award nominating committee could Susan Credille, we would. Thank you Ms. Credille, for all your hard work!