1999 Kansas
Master Teachers

Michelle DiLisio**

Physical Education Teacher
USD 413 Chanute

Mary Hemphill

Elementary Art Teacher
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Judy Humburg**

Fifth Grade Teacher
USD 385 Andover

Mary Porterfield

Spanish/Business Teacher
USD 352 Goodland

Linda Stelzer

Sixth Grade Reading Teacher
USD 382 Pratt

Phillip Theis

Microbology Teacher
Butler County Community College

Curt Vajnar

Agricultural Science/Driver's Education Teacher
USD 489 Hays

Andy Tompkins

Kansas Department of Education

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Michelle DiLisio

Michelle DiLisio

1999 Kansas Master Teacher

Physical Education Teacher/Tennis, Track Coach
Chanute Senior High School
USD 413, Chanute

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Teaching Philosophy

"I believe physical education should be enjoyable and should provide learning experiences about personal health techniques which can be carried into adult life.  I strive to provide a comprehensive educational and assessment program designed to improve the physical fitness and health of students now and for life."

Career Highlights

Twice a week, she schedules "fitness days" during which students engage in activities such as jogging, bicycling and aerobics which put enough demand on the cardiovascular system to keep the old ticker beating strongly when they're older.  At her urging, Chanute High recently purchased stationary bicycles and heart monitors so students could find their optimal heart rate for exercising.

She created an innovative adaptive program to help special education students participate in physical education classes.She was one of 12 PE teachers selected to write KAHPERD's New Day, New Way activities book and also is a contributing author to NASPE's new book, Ideas III.She has organized faculty/staff fun nights for the district and corporate olympics events to involve those in the community.

What People Say

"She has distinguished herself with the reliable responsibility for completeness of tasks, displays a pleasant disposition in working with others, functions in a controlled and effective manner when under pressure, has developed sharp self-management skills, is able to develop both short and long term plans for projects, communicates enthusiasm and fosters the respect, dignity, and worth for all individuals."

Rex E. Babcock, math department chair, Chanute High School

"Mrs. DiLisio taught me that I could do anything if I set my mind to it by believing in me.  She believes in every student she has."

Bridget Van Gotten, former student

"Without a doubt, the unique and outstanding job performance displayed by Michelle DiLisio is among the top of her profession.  Michelle displays self-discipline, optimistic outlook, realistic expectations, and a high standard for the physical education arena." 

James L. Day, principal, Chanute High School