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


Elizabeth Cronemeyer

1998 Kansas Master Teacher

Fifth Grade Teacher
Tonganoxie Elementary School
USD 464, Tonganoxie


Cronemeyer has spent nearly all her 10-year teaching career at Tonganoxie Elementary School on "an odyssey to find the balance between the science and the art of teaching."

A fifth-grade teacher since 1993, she has developed a hands-on, no text science curriculum, and has successfully integrated the teaching of math and science with other areas of curriculum. She has implemented a cross-curricular reading program that uses children's literature to teach science, social studies, and geography concepts while improving reading comprehension.

Her Student Writing Workshop has produced frequent contributions to Younger Kansas Writers, the Tonganoxie District Newsletter, and the Lawrence
Journal World.

Bat glasses and lobster noses are just a small part of her "good stuff kits," which contain books and objects relating to a particular subject. Cronemeyer is no stranger to costumes herself, frequently donning dinosaur and fish outfits and the clothes of Ms. Frizzle, a character in books by Joanna Cole.

During recent treatment for a brain tumor, Cronemeyer has inspired others with her courage and continued written communication with her students encouraging them to perform well.

A native of Gallop, New Mexico, Cronemeyer earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas, where she currently is pursuing a doctoral degree. She earned the 1990 Environmental Education Award from Leavenworth County.