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

Contact Information:

Judy Stanley
Interim Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Jared Giffin
Interim Associate Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Ryan Karjala
Associate Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability

Tara Glades
Executive Director of Special Services, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

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

Emporia Unified School District 253
1700 W. 7th - P.O. Box 1008
Emporia, KS 66801 - 1008
TEL: (620) 341-2200 • FAX: (620) 341-2205
Email For Website Information
Emporia USD 253 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion,
sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetic information.
Persons having inquiries may contact the school district coordinator in the Human Resources office.