2006 Kansas
Master Teachers

Jo Ellen Dambro

Fifth Grade Teacher
USD 253 Emporia

Karla Ewing

Fourth Grade Teacher
USD 382 Pratt

Elaine Fasulo

Speech/Language Pathologist
USD 233 Olathe

Sherry Hutchcraft

Second Grade Dual Language
USD 443 Dodge City

Vicki O'Neal

Second Grade Teacher
USD 508 Baxter Springs

Bob Peterson**

Theatre, Lead Instructor
Butler Community College

Marilyn Vaughan**

First Grade Teacher
USD 229 Blue Valley



Kay Schallenkamp*

Emporia State University

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Sherry Hutchcraft

Sherry Hutchcraft

2006 Kansas Master Teacher

Second Grade Dual Language
Northwest Elementary School
USD 443 Dodge City

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Teaching Philosophy

“I know that I set the tone for learning in my classroom.  If I am energized, motivated, and excited about teaching a topic, it will spill over to my students and great things can be accomplished.  I think this can best be described in the words of the famous Dr. Seuss, “Oh the places you’ll go!”  Throughout the years, I have certainly found this to be true, and on the numerous occasions have been awed by the creativity and imagination of student minds when given opportunities.  Being a teacher is who I am, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.  Teaching, my dream, is still in progress!  Each year as new students enter my door, I do my best to make encouraging comments, assign projects that challenge strengths and improve weaknesses, and build on the known to reach the unknown.  In this way, I hope to create the spark that will eventually ignite the fire and set these young students on the journey to fulfilling their dreams.”


Honors and Awards

USD 443 Teacher of the Week
Kansas Reading Academy Professional Development Trainer (ESU/KSDE)
Lead Teacher Equity and Access Grant Partnership with KSU
Who's Who Among American School Teachers (2 Times)
USD 443 ZAPP Award (Zealous Appreciation of Positive Performance)


What People Say

Gloria Davis, Superintendent of Dodge City Public Schools, writes, “Ms. Hutch craft has demonstrated exceptionally outstanding work in reading.  She has done tremendous work crafting original books and planning fresh, new hands-on activities that actively engage her students.  Sherry has effortlessly led workshops for her peers and has shined as a teacher of teachers.  Whether it is her students or with her colleagues, Sherry delivers a refined presence as an educator.”

Kathy Ramsour, Northwest Elementary School Principal, relates, “Several authors maintain, “Great teachers make a difference.”  I maintain, “Sherry Hutchcraft makes a difference”.  Sherry’s students are taught that everyone can give to each other and she models for her students all her expectations.   Sherry has made a positive impact on all of us.  I believe in my heart I can follow her lessons by supporting her as a Kansas Master Teacher of the Year.  All Kansas educational systems need to learn from Sherry.  Sherry is making a difference each and every day.  She is a Master Teacher.”

“As parents of one of her students”, Debbie Bush shares, “we were extremely pleased with her teaching methods and interactions with the students.  Her personality is always cheerful, positive, and upbeat.  She has the ability to capture and hold the attention of her students and make learning an enjoyable experience.  If I had occasion to be in the building, Sherry always had a smile on her face and a warm greeting for me.  I don’t believe she has ever met a stranger!  Seth counts Sherry among his favorite teachers.”