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

Alana Kay Sewell

Alana Kay Sewell

1992 Kansas Master Teacher

Third Grade Teacher
Southwest Elementary School
USD 382 Pratt

One quote in Alana Kay Sewell's Master Teacher nomination notebook reads, "A great teacher never strives to explain his vision - he simply invites you to stand beside him and see for yourself."

As third grade teacher at Southwest Elementary School in Pratt, Sewell's quiet teaching style aims to guide and lead her students rather than to place herself on center stage. A parent of two of Sewell's students, Pat Schwartz describes Sewell's classroom as an environment "in which the children feel valued, disciplined, but not stifled." She creates that atmosphere through a variety of activities including VIP bulletin boards which spotlight a student every week and inviting students out of the cafeteria to spend a lunch hour with her.

She received bachelor's and Pratt master's degrees in education from Wichita State University. Employed by the Pratt school district since 1972, Sewell taught third grade at Haskins Elementary School before beginning at Southwest in 1987.

Active in the KNEA and NEA, Sewell was named the Southwest Elementary and USD 382 Teacher of the Year this year. She also has served as president of the Pratt Jaycee Jaynes and the Beta Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Her community activities reach all groups on the Pratt Fair Board, 4H, Special Olympics, and church education programs.

Even with these extracurricular activities a colleague noted that Sewell, wife and mother of two boys, "keeps the home, sweet home" with her quiet, but organized action.