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


Irma Jean Fallon

1992 Kansas Master Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher
Ogden Elementary School
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Irma (better known as "Irmie") Jean Fallon has taught kindergarten at Ogden Elementary in Ogden for 22 years. She also is the school's lead teacher for social studies and language arts.

Fallon received bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State University, and has done post graduate work at KSU and the University of Iowa. She was a 1991 USD 383 Nominee for the Master Teacher Award, and received a 1987 award for the promotion of mental health from the Riley County Mental Health Association.

At Ogden, 75 percent of the children are military dependents, who attend as many as three schools in a year. Manhattan/Ogden school social worker Edie Jorns said Fallon's dedication and enthusiasm to this transient population has become a source of stability in the school.

"Each student, no matter the length of their stay in the classroom, becomes special to Irma and is treated with importance," said Dr. Jorns.

Fallon believes parents are the most important influence in children's lives, and has sought ways to help them strengthen their parenting skills. She has taught Parent Effectiveness Training, and with her husband Don, co-sponsors a weekly Parents Anonymous chapter for parents learning how to stop abusing their children.

Fallon has been a leader in developmentally appropriate instruction - building on what students know and responding to their interests and abilities - and has published articles on the whole language philosophy.