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

2008 Kansas Master Teachers

From left to right: Lori Mann (director of the Master Teacher program), Shannon Ralph, Kenna Reeves, Dr. Lori Goodson, Deborah Nauerth, Alice Bertels, Lisa Colwell, and Ronda Hassig

Kansas Master Teachers Announced

Spring 2008

Emporia State University announces seven teachers as the 2008 Kansas Master Teachers. They are Alice Bertels, Auburn-Washburn; Deborah Nauerth, Manhattan-Ogden; Kenna Reeves, ESU; Lisa Colwell, Hays; Lori Atkins Goodson, Wamego; Ronda Hassig, Blue Valley (Overland Park); and Shannon Ralph, Dodge City.

The Kansas Master Teacher Award will celebrate its 55th anniversary this year with the induction of the teachers at the end of February.

Emporia State University has honored 401 teachers since the annual award was founded in 1954. According to awards committee chairman Lori Mann, Kansas Master Teachers are educators who have "served the profession long and well, and who also typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers."

The teachers will be honored on February 27 with a day of events at Emporia State. This will include a tour of the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the One Room Schoolhouse on campus, lunch with ESU President Michael Lane and the Master Teacher Award Dinner in the evening. Reservations for the dinner are required and must be received by 5 p.m. on February 15. The Master Teachers will give a seminar, “Teachers: Lighting the Way,” from 2:30-3:45 p.m. on that day in Visser Hall’s Walter and E.C. Jones Conference Center. A reception will be held from 5:15 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Kanza Room. Both the seminar and the reception are open to the public.

Nominations come from local teacher associations, educational organizations and colleagues. A committee representing educational organizations across Kansas selected the finalists in January. The seven chosen teachers will be honored with a day of tours, seminars and receptions on February 27 at Emporia State University.

Bank of America has underwritten the Kansas Master Teachers program for over 20 years.


View the 2008 program