Mary Wolfington

Mrs. Wolfington was a highly-respected paraprofessional at Shawnee Heights High School from 1995 through 2013. During her eighteen years in the classroom, Mrs. Wolfington assisted in a variety of work, excelling in math, history, and science. Mrs. Wolfington also worked with elective teachers and frequently assisted in the woodworking and welding classes. Her versatility made her much sought after as a paraprofessional, and her focus was always creating a successful setting for the students.

Mrs. Wolfington graduated from Lone Jack High School, Lone Jack, Missouri, in 1966. She pursued an education degree and graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, with a Bachelors degree in Education, certified to teach K- 8 with an emphasis in Language Arts. Mrs. Wolfington continued her education by receiving her master's degree from Central Missouri State University in 1974 in classroom teaching.

Mrs. Wolfington is a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi an organization for exemplary college graduates. This membership is a special one for Mary as her daughter was also invited into the society upon her graduation from Emporia State University; it is an honor to share this organization with her daughter. Mrs. Wolfington is an active member of First Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS. She teaches a senior womens’ Sunday school class, is responsible for all flower arrangements, and works within the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) program by providing food and serving those in need. In addition to her volunteer activities, Mrs. Wolfington enjoys reading, quilting, walking, and is part of a master gardeners organization during the summer.

Mrs. Wolfington remembers her time at Shawnee Heights fondly and will never forget the helpfulness and caring of the teachers with whom she worked. Her most cherished memories are the ones involving some of the most difficult students she was able to build relationships with and aid in their success. She was known for baking cookies for her students as a reward when they accomplished a difficult task. Her colleagues believe that even though her duties stretched across regular classrooms to the special education rooms of learning disabilities and those with mental handicaps, Mrs. Wolfington did each and every job so that students knew they were cared for and achieved success.