1998 Kansas
Master Teachers

Brian “Chip” Anderson

USD 497 Lawrence

Candy Birch

USD 233 "Olathe

Janeen Brown

USD 208 WaKeeney

Elizabeth Cronemeyer

USD 464 Tonganoxie

Floyd “Stan” Standridge

USD 305 Salina

Shirley Stein

USD 214 Ulysses

Carol Strickland

USD 253 Emporia

Kansas Master Teacher Award


Janeen Brown

1998 Kansas Master Teacher

Third Grade Teacher
WaKeeney Grade School
USD 208, WaKeeney


Brown began her teaching career at Simpson Elementary in Russell, Kan. in 1967. A third-grade teacher at WaKeeney Grade School since 1978, she believes that learning experiences must begin "on a level at which young children can touch, feel, and experience the wonder of making discoveries."

An on-going environmental project began with a grant from McDonalds. "Earth Bags" filled with environmental materials are given to teachers for use at all grade levels and environmental messages are written and delivered weekly by Brown's students.

Colleague Carol Burgardt said she has learned many things from Brown, including "the importance of creating a safe, positive classroom environment, the need to teach with many different visual or hands-on activities, the importance of a coordinated effort between parents and teachers, and most significantly creating a special bond between the teacher and each students."

A native of Liberal, Kan., Brown was a 1997 state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science and won the 1995 Kansas Medical Society and American Medical Society Excellence in Kansas Elementary Science Education Award. She is a member of the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network for the State Department of Education.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Fort Hays State University and a master's degree from the University of South Dakota. She has completed postgraduate studies at several institutions.