Kansas Master Teacher Award
2008 Kansas Master Teacher
Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology
Mrs. Shannon Ralph admits she works hard at creating the proper environment for her students to grow, both academically and as young adults. “(Teachers) have the awesome opportunity to provide stability, direction, and leadership to students; for some, this is their only chance to learn these lessons,” she writes.
“Shannon’s expectations for each student are such that each will be challenged. The end result is that most of her students actually come out of her classes LIKING science,” writes a colleague.
“One of Mrs. Ralph’s greatest tools is her ability to relate the subject matter in a memorable and interesting way,” writes a student. “I know hand gestures that, incomprehensible to almost anyone else, will be recognized by fellow ‘Ralphites’ as the movements of a carrier protein embedded in the cellular membrane.”
As the parents of two former students said, “The message that Life and the study of it are beautiful can only be translated by a Master Teacher.”
Besides teaching, Mrs. Ralph is involved in numerous school activities and serves as an active member of her community. She has been a high school biology teacher at Dodge City High School since 2001 and has taught in Kansas schools for 13 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Washburn University and a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University.