Teaching and Learning

Emporia Public Schools

Mission: Lead, inspire, develop, and support our educational community, ensuring rigorous and relevant learning experiences for all. 

Vision: Every student, every staff member, every day.


  • Trusting Relationships are valuable because they build a sense of belonging and common purpose.
  • Continuous Learning is valuable because it promotes reflection, develops shared understanding, and fosters growth opportunities.
  • Growth Mindset is valuable because we want to be better today than yesterday.
  • Inclusivity is valuable because it embraces diverse ideas and engages unique voices.

T & L Guiding Principles: 

  • Utilize data-driven decision making
  • Implement evidence-based practices
  • Recognize and explore appropriate and emerging practices 
  • Create sustainable departmental processes and procedures 
  • Execute a continuous improvement cycle
  • Engage voices and cultivate collaborative environments
  • Provide timely and meaningful communication 
  • Model leadership and developmental practices

Call, visit or email the Teaching & Learning Department for information about these topics:

  • Accreditation
  • Affective Services
  • Assessment Information for Emporia Schools
  • AVID – grades 7 – 12
  • Kansas State Standards
  • English as a Second Language Services
  • Literacy First
  • Migrant Services
  • Research Requests
  • Special Education Services
  • Teacher Mentoring
  • Technology Integration
  • Digital Textbook and Materials

College & Career Ready


The purpose of this website is to ensure educators in USD #253 Emporia district can access materials to better prepare our students to be “College and Career Ready”.

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Vicki Schweinler
Executive Director, Elementary Education

Wade Redeker
Executive Director, Secondary Education

Dr. Ryan Karjala
Assoc Executive Director
Assessments & Accountability

Dr. Allison Anderson Harder
Superintendent, Emporia Public Schools

Executive Director, Special Services, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Judy Stanley
Assoc Executive Director
Teaching & Learning

Samantha Estrada
Administrative Assistant – Teaching & Learning

Lesley Garay
Administrative Assistant – Teaching & Learning

Office Location

Mary Herbert Education Center #220
1700 W 7th Ave.
PO Box 1008
Emporia, KS 66801

Phone: 620-341-2201
Fax: 620-341-2233


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