2001 Kansas
Master Teachers

Cathy Esquibel**

First Grade Teacher
USD 443 Dodge City

Jeanne Evans

Third Grade Teacher
USD 490 El Dorado

Betty Lavery**

Physical Education Teacher
USD 229 Stilwell

Leona Madden

Library Media Specialist
USD 489 Hays

Margaret McClatchey

Theatre Arts Teacher
USD 512 Shawnee Mission

Rosemary A. Riordan

Art Teacher
USD 512 Shawnee Mission

Jane Sak

Technology Integration Specialist
USD 229 Blue Valley



Jerry Long*

Associate Dean
Emporia State University

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Jeanne Evans

Jeanne Evans

2001 Kansas Master Teacher

Third Grade Teacher
Lincoln Elementary School
USD 490, El Dorado

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Teaching Philosophy

"Teaching is my life, not just a job!  Can you imagine a more rewarding profession?  It is a delight to be with children.  'My kids' are my fuel for teaching.  I become excited when I see students unfold into happy and creative individuals.  Working with children from all abilities and backgrounds is fulfilling . . . I love school, and I want my students to enjoy coming to school every day.  I want them to feel safe in their learning environment."

Honors and Awards

  • 2000 Golden Apple Award Nominee
  • 2000 University of Kansas 25 years Service to Education
  • 2000 Walnut Valley Outstanding Vice President
  • 2000 Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award Nominee at PSU
  • 2000 USD 490 Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • 2000 Partners in Education Grant
  • 1999 Golden Apple Award Nominee
  • 1999 Partners in Education Grant
  • 1992-99 Nominated for Teacher of the Year
  • 1997 Partners in Education Grant
  • 1995 Walnut Valley Dedicated Association Member Award

What People Say

"Jeanne approaches her classroom in the same manner that she approaches her other roles.  She believes in being actively involved in the teaching and the facilitation of learning.  She has never been tied to a teacher's manual.  In fact, I sometimes doubt she ever consults one.  She is a natural born teacher.  She takes the outcome and develops the lesson around that outcome.  She makes it relevant to students' lives and does it in a way that reaches the various learning styles of her students." 

Bernadette Spradling, Lincoln Elementary School Principal

"Albert Einstein once stated, 'It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.'  Mrs. Evans does exactly that, she awakens joy in expression and knowledge to every student that she encounters, and that is why she is the best candidate for the Kansas Master Teacher Award." 

Tyson Moore, former student

"Mrs. Evans was a very caring and compassionate teacher to all of her students.  She not only wanted us to learn the curriculum, but also taught us the value of being a respectful individual and productive citizen.  She always had time to visit with us and took our interests to heart . . . What makes Mrs. Evans even more special is that she stays in touch with her former students as if you were still in her third grade class . . . Looking back on my third grade year made me realize how much of an impact a teacher can make on a young life.  Having teachers like Mrs. Evans is what made me want to be a teacher myself." 

Keri Melcher, former student