Hayden Travis, 24, starts teaching second grade at Winfield Scott Elementary School in Fort Scott this year.
She was raised in Uniontown, and her mom, sixth-grade West Bourbon Elementary School teacher Bonnie Rathbun, was her inspiration.
“My mom has been a teacher for many years, and I have grown up watching her give 110% to her students every year,” Travis said. “I was inspired by her dedication, passion, and drive to help students be successful.”
Travis previously taught 8th-grade earth science for two years in the Shawnee Mission School District in the Kansas City area.
She graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree.
Her family includes husband: Zach Travis, mother: Bonnie Rathbun, father: Randy Rathbun, sister: Taylor Graber, and brother: Chad Parks.
In her spare time she likes spending time with family, playing and watching sports, enjoying outdoor activities, staying active, and crafting, she said.
Watching students grow from the beginning to the end of the school year is the best part of teaching for Travis.
“Ultimately my goal is to help mold students into successful and independent individuals who can achieve any goal they desire,” she said.
What are the greatest challenges in teaching for you?
“One of the greatest challenges in teaching for me is finding a balance between my professional and home life,” she said.