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

Deborah Nauerth

Deborah Nauerth

2008 Kansas Master Teacher

Gifted Education Facilitator
Amanda Arnold Elementary, Bluemont Elementary & Lee Elementary
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

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“It is my goal to get students out of their comfort zones and challenge them to new learning that requires problem solving and perseverance. Our actions influence our destiny and my students will need these characteristics to successfully carry them through life,” writes Mrs. Deborah Nauerth.

From guiding students through a grant-writing project to fund new ADA approved playground equipment, to raising money to buy supplies for a school in Iraq, to blending gifted students with other students to work on advanced

mathematics concepts to improve test scores, she challenges her students to be “everyday heroes.” Deciding to practice what she advised, she took on her own challenge in 2006 and successfully completed the arduous task of becoming a national board certified teacher.

“Touching the lives of others and using one’s talents to make the world better are character traits she instills in her students and strives for herself,” a colleague writes.

“She challenges her students to seek solutions and not accept perceived barriers, as well as to understand that there may be more than one way to solve a problem,” said the parents of a former student.

For the past eight years Mrs. Nauerth has worked as a gifted facilitator at elementary schools in the Manhattan area. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University.