2008 Kansas
Master Teachers

Alice Bertels

Gifted Facilitator
USD 437 Auburn Washburn

Lisa Colwell

Mathematics Teacher
USD 489 Hays

Lori Goodson

Sophomore English & Newspaper
USD 320 Wamego

Ronda Hassig

Library Media Specialist
USD 229 Blue Valley

Deborah Nauerth**

Gifted Education Facilitator
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Shannon Ralph**

Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology
USD 443 dodge City

Kenna Reeves

Communication and Theatre
Emporia State University

Kansas Master Teacher Award

Alice Bertels

Alice Bertels

2008 Kansas Master Teacher

Gifted Facilitator
Washburn Rural Middle School
USD 437, Auburn Washburn

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Whether it’s inspiring students to become educators, working with hearing impaired students, having a “WERC”ing (Wonder, Explore, Research, Create) lunch with gifted students or authoring a book, Mrs. Alice Bertels “is one of the true phenoms laboring within the field of education today. She is a team player, global investigator, bilingual, compassionate, hilarious, modest, published workaholic,” writes a colleague.                                                     

This award-winning teacher and author is an active community member who started her career over 20 years ago as a teacher of deaf/hard of hearing students.  She writes that while teaching each skill is important “…it is the way these skills are conveyed that makes each teacher unique.”

And her impact extends beyond the classroom. One colleague writes, “She does an excellent job of getting students to view things outside of their normal perspective, getting students out of the building and seeing things that they might not normally have an opportunity to experience.”

Mrs. Bertels is in her fifth year as a gifted facilitator for grades 7-8 at Washburn Rural Middle School. Prior to 2003 she worked in elementary schools in Junction City, Haysville, Wichita, and Topeka. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in deaf education from the University of Kansas, and a second master’s in gifted education from Kansas State.