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

Ethel Marie Peterson

Ethel Marie Peterson

1992 Kansas Master Teacher

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

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A lifelong advocate of children, Ethel Marie Peterson is the coordinator of guidance in USD 443, Dodge City, and is an active counselor in Central and Wilroads Gardens Elementary Schools. She has worked for USD for 35 years, serving as a guidance counselor from 1976-1989, and as a fifth-grade
teacher at Sunnyside Elementary from 1958-1976.

She received bachelor's and master's degrees in education, and guidance credentials, all from Fort Hays State University.

Peterson is a life member of NEA, and also is a Kansas and Dodge City NEA member. Through six years representing Kansas on the National Board of Directors of NEA, and her work with the Democratic Party, she had a significant role in the establishment of the United States Department of Education in 1979.

While teaching at Sunnyside, Peterson noticed changes in the population and needs of the students. She returned to school for counseling certification and pioneered counselor education in the state, becoming one of the first two elementary counselors in the Dodge City Public Schools.

Today her colleagues note her continued sensitivity in meeting Challenges-by learning more about the rich cultural diversity in her community and by reaching out to affirm and show respect to children and parents with varied cultural backgrounds.

Peterson said her pledge to herself each day is, "Today I will look a child in the eye; I will listen to that child; I will hear that child."