Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
Washburn Rural Middle School
USD 437, Auburn Washburn
Whether it’s inspiring students to become educators, working with hearing impaired students, having a “WERC”ing (Wonder, Explore, Research, Create) lunch with gifted students or authoring a book, Mrs. Alice Bertels “is one of the true phenoms laboring within the field of education today. She is a team player, global investigator, bilingual, compassionate, hilarious, modest, published workaholic,” writes a colleague.
This award-winning teacher and author is an active community member who started her career over 20 years ago as a teacher of deaf/hard of hearing students. She writes that while teaching each skill is important “…it is the way these skills are conveyed that makes each teacher unique.”
And her impact extends beyond the classroom. One colleague writes, “She does an excellent job of getting students to view things outside of their normal perspective, getting students out of the building and seeing things that they might not normally have an opportunity to experience.”
Mrs. Bertels is in her fifth year as a gifted facilitator for grades 7-8 at Washburn Rural Middle School. Prior to 2003 she worked in elementary schools in Junction City, Haysville, Wichita, and Topeka. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in deaf education from the University of Kansas, and a second master’s in gifted education from Kansas State.