2005 Kansas
Master Teachers

Ken Garwick

Sixth Grade Teacher
USD 383 Manhattan

Sandy Hardesty

Social Studies Instructor
USD 437 Auburn-Washburn

Connie S. Neneman

First and Second Grade Teacher
USD 443 Dodge City

Kathryn L. Reschke

K-6 School Counselor
USD 233 Olathe

Kimberly Thomas

Fifth Grade
USD 259 Wichita

Mary Van Dyke

K-8 District Facilitator for Gifted and Talented
USD 409 Atchison

Larry Wayland

Visual Art Teacher
USD 229 Blue Valley

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Connie S. Neneman

Connie S. Neneman

2005 Kansas Master Teacher

First and Second Grade

Wilroads Gardens Elementary School

USD 443 Dodge City

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Teaching Philosophy

"I truly believe that good teachers evolve and our commitment to change is one of the most valuable resources that we have to offer to our student's future."

"I embrace the challenge to find the "common threads" in effective teaching and apply them to teach the forever changing student."

"I believe reading is at the heart of everything we do. I try to promote it in every way possible." She has written her own take home books for her beginning readers, created 30 take-home alphabet books for K - 1, ESL and remedial instruction.


Honors and Awards

Three-time Recipient of the USD #443 "Go for the Gold!" (honoring outstanding achievement)

Designated highly qualified Elementary K-9 by Kansas Department of Education

Recipient of Wilroads Gardens Personal Success Award

Nominated as a lead teacher to participate in the grant: Equity and Access

What People Say

"She has taught me how to better listen to a child, helping them with their weakness and building on their strengths. There are no boundaries in Connie's book; where there is a will there is a way", writes one of her colleagues, Augustina Leal.

A former student, Samantha Harper writes, "Mrs. Neneman is a great teacher. She has a great technique on the way she teaches. In my experience in her class she has taught me to be a better student and a better friend to everyone. If it weren't for her I wouldn't want to learn or pursue my dreams."

"Connie continues to be vitally involved in the mission and community of the church and I am grateful for the faithful expression of her personal convictions that she consistently manifests to those around her," said Reverend David S. Clipson.