2004 Kansas
Master Teachers

Mary Elizabeth Baker

K-5 Reading Specialist
USD 385 Andover

Luana "Lu" Bitter

Physical Education, Health, Anatomy & Physiology
USD 382 Pratt

Patricia Grzenda

Adaptive Physical Education
USD 497 Lawrence

Nicki Hancock

Grade 12 English
USD 233 Olathe

Greg Mittman**

Eighth Grade Social Studies
USD 262 Valley Center

Devra Parker**

English III, College English and Creative Writing
USD 254 Barber County

Patricia "Trish" Weidert

First Grade
USD 253 Emporia



William Samuelson*

Emporia State University

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Luana (Lu) Bitter

Luana "Lu" Bitter

2004 Kansas Master Teacher

Physical Education, Health, Anatomy & Physiology
Pratt High School
USD 382 Pratt

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Teaching Philosophy

Mrs. Luana Bitter's educational philosophy draws from the outdoor experiences of her childhood.  She fondly remembers hunting and fishing trips with her family and her 18-year involvement with Girl Scouts.

Quoting from a favorite hymn, Mrs. Bitter says, "I believe in teaching real-life concepts to my students to open their minds to 'all things bright and beautiful,' and I believe in respecting the diversity of my students and developing the unique talents of each individual.  . . .to challenge students to move toward their greatest potentials and to be, like nature, positive forces in the world."

Mrs. Bitter is active in the Red Cross, Humane Society, 4-H Horse Club and Pratt County Fair Association.  She is also the district director for the Kansas Junior Academy of Science, coordinating the local competition and taking students to the state competition each year.

Honors and Awards

2004 USD 382 Teacher of the Year
25 Years of Coaching KSHSAA
25 Years of Teaching from Kansas University
KSBE:  A Program of Educational Excellence--K-12 USD 382 Science Fair
USD 382 Safety Committee
Kansas Junior Academy of Science District IV Director
Department Head of PHS Physical Education Department
Pratt High School Building Leadership Team Member
Pratt High School Student Intervention Team (MASH) Member
USD 382 Science Fair Judge
Pratt NEA Vice President and Negotiating Team Member
Freshman Class Head Sponsor

What People Say

Superintendent Kenneth Kennedy writes, "She has been actively involved with many activities that serve students, and often this work is on a volunteer basis.  During the performance of her duties, Mrs. Bitter always demonstrates the highest level of educational commitment and enthusiasm.  In her classroom you will find students learning with varied and exciting methods of instruction.  She involves her students in numerous activities which stimulate their interest in subjects being covered.  She works diligently to promote hands on science activities for students."

Aubrey Manes, a sophomore attending Pratt High School states, "I cannot say enough good things about Mrs. Bitter and what she has done for me personally.  Whatever she does, she puts all her heart into it.  I have had the privilege of being taught and coached by this outstanding woman who had dedicated her life to the development of students.  All teachers should be just like her, with as much passion and love for what they do."

A parent, Kim Garrett writes, "Excitement, wonder, dedication and desire.  Qualities of a master.  Qualities of 'nothing is impossible' Lu.  Lu is indeed a positive influence in the life of my daughter and the lives of many other students at Pratt High School.  She is, in my opinion, worthy of the honor and recognition of Master Teacher.