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

Jane Sak

Jane Sak

2001 Kansas Master Teacher

Technology Integration Specialist
Blue Valley North High School
USD 229, Overland Park

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Teaching Philosophy

"Although schools and philosophies of education are continually changing, my philosophy of education is based on three simple concepts my parents planted in me when I was young and which continue to serve me well throughout my life and teaching career:  respect one another, teach by example, and practice lifelong learning."

Honors and Awards

  • 1999 - First Ambassador from Blue Valley North to the Sunflower Celebration presented by the Blue Valley Educational Foundation
  • 1999 - Nominee for BV-Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • 1992 - Received a $1,000 grant to develop and implement the Applied Communication sequence in the Tech Prep Program
  • 1988 - Excellence in Education Award from the Blue Valley School District; Selected to participate in the TEXT (Training by Excellent Teachers) program at Avila College

What People Say

"When asked to describe Jane, students and colleagues describe her as enthusiastic, caring, patient and industrious.  Her students are her primary focus--always the most important element in her teaching because she cares about student learning and wants them to enjoy what they are learning in the classroom." 

Dr. Richard Siebs, Blue Valley North High School Principal

"Throughout a four-year period, my two children had the good fortune of having Jane Sak as a teacher.  Although these two children are entirely different both personally and academically, Jane provided a classroom atmosphere that was comfortable, challenging, and beneficial for each child . . . Jane Sak is a dedicated teacher.  Providing an overall classroom program that enhanced all students' general business education as well as monitoring each student's individual employment required a tremendous amount of time, energy, and enthusiasm.  It is with this dedication that Jane was able to work with students so successfully, regardless of each student's background and ability." 

Marilyn G. Kaufman, parent of former students

"As a student, I had the opportunity to benefit from Jane's commitment to her students and their education.  She always encouraged me, helped me set and reach goals, and provided opportunities for me to acquire business skills.  As a student, I felt she was truly concerned about my learning and made herself available for extra help.  It is because of Jane's encouragement and example that I entered the education profession, more specifically the business education field." 

Michelle Bart, former student