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

Joyce Ann Sinn

Joyce Ann Sinn

1992 Kansas Master Teacher

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

Week nights may find Joyce Ann Sinn at a 4-H project meeting or at a freshman skit practice, while Saturdays she might rise at 4 a.m. to scrape the frost off van windows to take a group of debaters to a tournament. The ninth grade English teacher at Fort Scott High School believes students at the high school level need the influence of a positive role model and the opportunity to interact with caring, concerned adults.

Sinn received a bachelor of science in education from Emporia State University and has done additional graduate work at the Kansas University Regent's Center and Pittsburg State University.

She has taught English, speech, debate and forensics at Fort Scott High School since 1981, and taught in the Shawnee Mission School District from 1975-1981. She has been recognized as a National Forensic League Diamond Key Coach, and received a ten-year recognition pin as 4-H project leader.

When Kelli Morrill was a first-year teacher and first-year debate coach at Fort Scott, Sinn as the retiring debate coach signed on to assist her. "She spent endless hours during August before school started working with me to prepare me for the first semester of debate... She promised me that as a first-year teacher she would not let me fail; as a matter of fact, she hardly even let me become frustrated," said Morrill.

Former student and current teacher Bobbi Spurgeon Thomas' self-concept and life were changed by Sinn. "Coming from a dysfunctional family, I was not encouraged to set high goals or pursue higher education. Ms. Sinn gave me the support that was, more frequently than not, missing at home."