Kansas Master Teacher Award
2008 Kansas Master Teacher
Gifted Education Facilitator
“It is my goal to get students out of their comfort zones and challenge them to new learning that requires problem solving and perseverance. Our actions influence our destiny and my students will need these characteristics to successfully carry them through life,” writes Mrs. Deborah Nauerth.
From guiding students through a grant-writing project to fund new ADA approved playground equipment, to raising money to buy supplies for a school in Iraq, to blending gifted students with other students to work on advanced
mathematics concepts to improve test scores, she challenges her students to be “everyday heroes.” Deciding to practice what she advised, she took on her own challenge in 2006 and successfully completed the arduous task of becoming a national board certified teacher.
“Touching the lives of others and using one’s talents to make the world better are character traits she instills in her students and strives for herself,” a colleague writes.
“She challenges her students to seek solutions and not accept perceived barriers, as well as to understand that there may be more than one way to solve a problem,” said the parents of a former student.
For the past eight years Mrs. Nauerth has worked as a gifted facilitator at elementary schools in the Manhattan area. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University.