Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
Special Education Reading Coach
Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative
USD 253, Emporia
Eleanor Browning’s 37 years of classroom teaching and four years as a reading coach have helped hone her philosophy of teaching into one succinct thought: “Every child has his or her own talents and strengths; a teacher’s responsibility is to find and build on those and positively encourage all children.”
Eleanor is a special education reading coach and academic language/reading teacher at USD 253’s Mary Herbert Education Center. She taught for 29 years at Neosho Rapids Elementary School, creating fond memories for a number of students who wrote letters of support for her Master Teacher nomination.
“Almost everyone in my family has had Mrs. Browning as a teacher except for my little brother. Boy, he missed out on having the best teacher in the world!” wrote one student.
"I must truly admit that she is the person who helped get me where I am today,” wrote another. “Naturally, I chose to be an elementary school teacher.”
"As educators, we may never know if we made a difference in the life of a child. But we will continue to show our students that we do care and accept, as well as give them recognition and encouragement,” Eleanor writes.
Colleagues call Eleanor Browning “the complete teacher,” and go so far as to use the alphabet to describe her:
A—Always an advocate for children and education…
B—A beacon for educators drawing from her own bounty of techniques…
C—A creative force…
…and the list goes on.
Eleanor’s talents are well-known in the Emporia community, as she volunteers for the Emporia Farmers’ Market, serves her church and civic organizations. She currently serves on the Emporia League of Women Voters board of directors in addition to the statewide League board. “She is an inspiration to those who work with her,” writes a colleague.
Eleanor Browning holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University, in addition to Special Education certification. She has been recognized by the Emporia NEA as its Master Teacher, and was a Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee.