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

Shannon Ralph

Shannon Ralph

2008 Kansas Master Teacher

Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology
Dodge City High School
USD 443 Dodge City

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Mrs. Shannon Ralph admits she works hard at creating the proper environment for her students to grow, both academically and as young adults.  “(Teachers) have the awesome opportunity to provide stability, direction, and leadership to students; for some, this is their only chance to learn these lessons,” she writes.                 

“Shannon’s expectations for each student are such that each will be challenged. The end result is that most of her students actually come out of her classes LIKING science,” writes a colleague.

“One of Mrs. Ralph’s greatest tools is her ability to relate the subject matter in a memorable and interesting way,” writes a student. “I know hand gestures that, incomprehensible to almost anyone else, will be recognized by fellow ‘Ralphites’ as the movements of a carrier protein embedded in the cellular membrane.”

As the parents of two former students said, “The message that Life and the study of it are beautiful can only be translated by a Master Teacher.”

Besides teaching, Mrs. Ralph is involved in numerous school activities and serves as an active member of her community. She has been a high school biology teacher at Dodge City High School since 2001 and has taught in Kansas schools for 13 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Washburn University and a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University.