Kansas Master Teacher Award
Christine D. Herald
2002 Kansas Master Teacher
8th Grade Physical Science Teacher
"My philosophy of education includes three main ideas: 1) I keep up-to-date on the latest research in education; 2) I believe it is important to use a variety of techniques to teach; and 3) I try to make learning fun while relating the material to what the students already know."
Honors and Awards
USD 383 - Master Teacher 2001
Bob Srack Teacher Award Nominee 2001
State Farm Good Neighbor Award Nominee 2001
Sigma Xi Excellence in Teaching 2000
Received $100 for math/science integration 2000
Received $2,000 for technology grant 2001
Won $150 for 3rd place in National Science Teachers Assoc.
bulletin board contest 2002
Received funds to start a LEGO robotic club 2002
Received grant money to teach 2 after school science clubs since 1996
Sunset Zoo Docent of the Year 1996
What People Say
Her principal described Mrs. Herald this way, "She constantly searches for ways to make her teaching more interesting and more informative. One of her greatest strengths is bringing the real world of physical science and chemistry into the classroom. Chris uses a project based, hands-on approach to instruction with students. Her classroom activities cause students to explore and understand how the world around them relates to the science they are studying. She has an excellent rapport with her students and shows a sincere interest in them as individuals."
A student sums up Mrs. Herald's exceptional qualities: "She is always there when a student needs her. She is always helping expand her students knowledge by motivating them to learn and by helping them develop their thinking process. She contributes by actively participating in after-school clubs like Science Olympiad and the demonstration group. She is always creative, fun and a nice teacher to be around, and I feel lucky to have been in her science class.
A peer teacher suggests that Mrs. Herald is the "epitome of a master teacher." She also states that, "Chris creates dynamic science labs which demonstrate the key points of chemistry for active eighth grade students. She also unselfishly shares her lessons with her colleagues by presenting her lessons at professional conferences and writing articles for professional journals. During summers, Chris participates in coursework designed to improve her understanding of the learning process. As a master teacher, Chris then applies what she has learned within her own classroom. She continues to evolve as a teacher through her never-ending challenge to keep getting better."