Connecting with students key for 2013 Kansas Master Teachers

March 6, 2013

The seven educators in the 2013 class of Kansas Master Teachers share a common trait — connecting with individual students to ensure their success in the classroom and life.

The 2013 class of Kansas Master Teachers, announced today, are:

  • Juliann Bliese, first-grade teacher at Ravenwood Elementary School in Olathe;
  • Michelle Lynn Bogner, first-grade teacher at Northwest Elementary School in Dodge City;
  • Kathleen Bowen, gifted education facilitator at Hillcrest and Sunset Hill elementary schools in Lawrence;
  • Kacie Evans, English language arts teacher at Prairie Heights Middle School and technology coordinator for Prairie Heights Elementary and Middle schools in Alta Vista;
  • Kelley Norman, math instructional coach at Chase and Robinson middle schools in Topeka;
  • Michele Ann Palmgren, family and consumer sciences teacher at Salina South High School in Salina; and
  • Tara Walrod, school counselor at Sunrise Point Elementary in Overland Park (Blue Valley school district).

They are the 60th class of Kansas Master Teachers and will be honored during another special anniversary — 2013 is the 150th anniversary of Emporia State University’s founding.

Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1954. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the outstanding qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.

Since 1980, Bank of America has pledged more than $100,000 to permanently endow the Kansas Master Teacher awards. In 1984, the Black family of Broken Bow, Okla., established an endowed chair for Kansas Master Teachers. The fund provides a stipend to bring two Master Teachers to ESU for part of a semester. During this time, the teachers present to classes of education students.

The 2013 class will be honored on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Emporia State University. The schedule of events for the day includes a look back at teaching styles of the past at the one-room schoolhouse at Emporia State and lunch with Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president.

The master teachers will present a seminar in Visser Hall 330 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. The evening begins at 5:15 p.m. with social time outside Webb Hall in ESU’s Memorial Union. The dinner and awards presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. in Webb Hall.

Both the seminar and awards presentation are open to the public and media. Cost for the meal is $16. Reservations are required and must be received by Friday, March 22. For more information or to make reservations, contact the ESU Teachers College dean’s office at tcstudent@emporia.edu or call (620) 341-5367. A dinner reservation form is also available online at www.emporia.edu/teach/dean/master/.

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