1992 Kansas
Master Teachers


Beth Bergsten

Library / Media Specialist
Ware Elementary School
USD 475, Geary County


Ernest L. Brown

Biology Teacher
Trego Community High School
USD 208, WaKeeney


Irma Jean Fallon

Kindergarten Teacher
Ogden Elementary School
USD 383, Manhattan-Ogden


Diane Low

South Junior High School
USD 497, Lawrence


Ethel Marie Peterson

Guidance Coordinator
Central and Wilroads Gardens Elementary School
USD 443, Dodge City


Alana Kay Sewell

Third Grade Teacher
Southwest Elementary School
USD 382, Pratt


Joyce Ann Sinn

Ninth Grade English Teacher
Fort Scott High School
USD 234, Fort Scott

Kansas Master Teacher Award


Beth Bergsten

Beth Bergsten

1992 Kansas Master Teacher

Library / Media Specialist
Ware Elementary School
USD 475 Geary County


Beth Bergsten's professional career was decided early in life-in third grade she wrote a poem about being a teacher, "and from then on I never thought about being anything else," said Bergsten. A self-described lifelong leamer, Bergsten has been the library / media specialist at Ware Elementary in Fort Riley since 1985. Before that she served as a resource learning disabled teacher at Forsyth Elementary, also in Fort Riley.

Bergsten received a bachelor of science in elementary education/special education, a master of science in learning disabilities, and library certification, all from Kansas State University.

She was the 1990-91 president of the Geary County Reading Association, and was the group's 1992 nominee for Kansas Reading Association's Outstanding Reading Educator. She also served as president of the Junction City Education Association in 1986-87, and has been the Ware PTA treasurer since 1990.

She received a $400 mini-grant from the district to purchase supplies and cover mailing costs for baking cookies to send to soldiers in Saudi Arabia who participated in Operation Desert Storm. In one fourth grade classroom, 18 of 23 children had a parent deployed to Saudi Arabia.

Tom Hawk, director of secondary curriculum and staff development for USD 383 in Manhattan, said, "Once in a great while a special person comes along that is able to make a continual and constant gift to our profession... Beth Bergsten is one such person."