2018 Kansas
Master Teachers

Connstance Allmond

High Incident/Intellectual Disability Teacher
USD 490 El Dorado

Deanna K. Burton

Social Studies Teacher
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Abby Cornelius

Library Media Specialist
USD 229 Blue Valley

Todd Flory

Fourth-Grade Teacher
USD 385 Andover

Chitra Harris

Science Teacher
USD 259 Wichita

Matthew Irby

Science Teacher
USD 253 Emporia

Kimberly S. Schneweis

Visual Art Teacher
USD 489 Hays

Kansas Master Teacher Award



Deanna K. Burton

2018 Kansas Master Teacher

Social Studies Teacher
Susan B. Anthony Middle School
USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden


Whether she’s cooking food from a different culture for her class, directing the school play, or simply complimenting a student’s shoes, Deanna Burton knows the importance of showing her students they are valued as individuals.

 “(Teachers) never know what we may say, however small, that can make a world of difference in a child’s life,” states Burton.

Burton earned a bachelor’s in education from Emporia State University in 1976 and a master’s in elementary education in 1986 from Wichita State University. She began her career in 1976 as a Title I reading teacher in Grades 1-8 at Canton-Galva Elementary and Middle School. Subsequently, she taught in Ellsworth, Hesston, Hutchinson, Herington, and Clay Center. In 2006, she began teaching seventh-grade language arts and social studies at Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Manhattan.

“She infuses math, reading, science and technology, FACS, art, music and movement into her social studies classroom,” writes a colleague. Her approach to teaching is described by one of her students as being “very hands-on/minds-on.” Burton characterizes her own classroom as “well managed constructive chaos.”

Burton strives to brings a global perspective into her teaching, whether it is helping students use isosceles triangles to figure out how to build a pagoda roof, or leading a discussion on the pros and cons of closing a 54-mile stretch through a rain forest to enable vehicles to drive from Alaska to the tip of South America.

“Deanna models a joyful love of learning, the power of grit as a necessary ingredient when striving for high standards, respect and responsibility,” writes a colleague. While guiding 60 students through a play production on an annual basis, “Deanna models leadership and grace as she works for hours after school to shape the cast to their personal best level.”

A parent states, “Her constant compassion for all of our students is one of her biggest strengths. After 42 years of an exciting teaching journey, she continues to be innovative, energetic, and interactive with young people, displaying ideas like a new, yet seasoned educator.”