Studebaker is the teacher receiving this honor at the high school. She
has a social studies composite, but is currently just teaching freshman
geography. This is her 12th year of teaching and all of those have been
at Pampa High School. Both of her parents were teachers and education
was instilled in her so she never thought about doing anything else for
“I love teaching this age of student and I especially love teaching
geography,” Studebaker said. “I have a passion for geography and
teaching kids about the world they live in. I would hope that all of my
students could go visit other places in the United States or the world,
but if they can’t do that then I want to teach them about other places
She said the students like knowing about other places when they are
playing games or chatting online. A lot of time, they talk to people in
other geographic areas and hopefully through her class they know where
those places are.
Studebaker wishes the state would quit making changes to education
and cutting the funding that schools receive. She wants to just focus
on the kids and their learning. A goal that she has is for the whole
community to take ownership of what is going on with the schools.
“I wish more businesses, churches and community members would get
involved in the schools and activities,” Studebaker said. “I think this
is getting better than it used to be, but I feel it could even be
There are many moments that have validated why Studebaker is a
teacher. Many students have come back to visit her and describe the
places they have been and visited. When she sees the excitement in
their face, she is happy to be a teacher.
Studebaker’s family is made up of husband John, daughter Jacie and son Jack.