Kansas Master Teacher Award Program
Sixth Grade Teacher
Tecumseh North Elementary School
USD 450, Shawnee Heights
For Sheila Lewis, a classroom is more than a docking point for her students each year; it is a ship that takes them on a learning journey. “It’s a place of discovery for those with inquisitive minds, and it’s a place where all should shine for their efforts and unique qualities,” she writes.
Sheila instills in her students a sense of belonging and a feeling of accomplishment that they can apply to any situation they are faced with in being a lifelong learner.
In order to accomplish all these things, Sheila uses all available media to help engage her students. Having worked with all types of students ranging from those with learning disabilities to the gifted, she recognizes that each student absorbs information differently. She utilizes hands-on lessons that answer problems through discovery using art, technology, and group activities. This approach creates an atmosphere of diversity and togetherness that all her students embrace.
Before Sheila helps her students in the classroom, she makes sure that what is taught is constructed in the right manner. She often serves on curriculum study teams as well as state and district committees where she quietly, yet persistently, makes the necessary changes to help fit the students’ learning needs. She is quick to embrace new technologies, and is a role model for colleagues to do the same.
It’s easy to see that Sheila genuinely cares for her colleagues and students. She is constantly building relationships and helping others to grow academically and personally. A parent of a former student writes, “Her rapport with the kids is great. She is respectful and caring. The students know that she truly wants them to succeed in all their endeavors.” For Sheila, there is no greater feeling than the pride she receives from being an educator.
Sheila Lewis completed her bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Washburn University. She has been teaching at Tecumseh since graduation, and continues to pursue her education on a professional and academic level.