Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
Michelle Lynn Bogner
Northwest Elementary School
USD 443, Dodge City
If it takes a village to raise children, Michelle Bogner believes it takes a team to educate them. That team includes teachers, parents, building staff and the child’s community.
“The teacher does not stand alone,” said Bogner. “He or she is part of a team of people who are all working toward a common vision or goal for the students.”
“My child truly grew and blossomed both personally and academically while in Mrs. Bogner’s class,” wrote one parent who referred to Bogner as a “tremendous communicator.”
“She always made sure that my wife and I knew exactly what she was teaching in her class and how our daughter was performing,” he continued.
Throughout her career, Bogner has worked to create curriculum, strategies and efficiencies for not only her own classroom but to benefit the entire school. These include creating a pacing guide for the phonics program used in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms and creating and maintaining a Facebook page to share information with students’ families and the community.
“Michelle fits the description of the Energizer Bunny — she continues endlessly,” wrote Judy Beedles Miller, Dodge City assistant superintendent for elementary education. “Whether she is at school or in the community, she is dedicated and totally involved in the situation. … She listens, observes, reflects, plans, presents and re-evaluates to determine the best strategies to use in various situations.
“She is a role model for other educators to observe.”
Bogner earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fort Hays State University, a reading specialist master teacher from Emporia State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Kansas State University.