Retired educator wins MLK award

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Leah Morse

Ivory Anderson was recognized as the recipients of this year’s “Spirit of Martin Luther King Community Service Award” by Manhattan’s Martin Luther King Planning Committee.  He is being recognized for a long and distinguished professional career and history of volunteer service in the Manhattan community. 

The award was presented on Monday at the Manhattan Town Center.

Anderson is a former Manhattan-Ogden teacher and administrator. 

He retired after 27 years in the classroom and five years in administration.  His first teaching job was in Kansas City, where he taught for three years.  He taught elementary school in USD No. 383 from 1972-1996. 

He served as the Assistant Principal at Anthony Middle School from 1996-2001 and moved to Junction City’s USD No. 475 from 2001-2009 to supervise “after school” programs.

Anderson holds a Bachelors Degree in elementary education from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., and a Masters Degree in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.  He has served on the Board of Directors for Manhattan’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters, numerous positions in the Kaw Blue Lodge No. 107 F & A.M., coached and supervised girls’ softball, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and “Teachers Make a Difference Award” by KTKA-TV in Topeka.

Anderson has received numerous awards. 

In 2009, he was inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame and recognized for “exemplary contribution to Kansas Education.”

He was nominated to “Who’s Who in Kansas”, selected the Coach of the Year, and recognized for outstanding service by the Kaw Blue Lodge and as a member of the Manhattan Social Service Advisory Board.

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