Transgender Kansas teacher honored with award

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A transgender teacher in Kansas has been named “National Educator of the Year” by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita North High School music teacher Stephanie Byers came out as a transgender woman in 2014. Byers says she didn’t transition to be a pioneer or an advocate, but that she’s become both.

The 55-year-old has in recent years met with school leaders, participated on panels about LGBTQ issues, talked with parents about gender identity, chaperoned a local “Day of Advocacy” and spoken at the state Capitol.

Byers says she’s received “absolutely amazing” support from Wichita district officials and from North High Principal Sherman Padgett.

Padgett says he nominated Byers for the award because she’s “just an all-around great teacher and a great person.”

Image from Stephanie Byers’ Facebook

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