1968 Award Winners
1968 Kansas Master Teachers
Arley A. Bryant, Cloud County Junior College
Lottie Carver, USD 263 Mulvane
Alice Ham, USD 308 Hutchinson
Hazel Miller, USD 253 Emporia
Irma Minden, USD 368 Paola
Gladys Peterson, Bethany College
Doris Stith, USD 204 Bonner Springs
This program contains the names of the Master Teacher Nominees for the year listed here.
Biographies below were included in the program for the year listed here and were current as of that time.
Arley A. Bryant
Cloud County Junior College
When the Cloud County Junior College moves to its new campus next fall, much of the credit for the establishment and growth of the college will go to Arley A. Bryant, its Dean. Although the college and the campus will be relatively new to Concordia, Arley Bryant is not. He has worked in the Concordia schools since 194 7, first as a social studies teacher and later as a counselor. He served as Director of Admissions and Registration at CCJC since its inception in 1965.
Mr. Bryant's career in teaching began in the rural schools of Ray County, Missouri. He taught on less-than-degree certificates until he graduated from Northwest Missouri State College in 1941. After a stint in the Army, he entered the University of Kansas as a graduate student, receiving the master's degree in 1947. In the fall of that year, he moved to Concordia.
Although he is known primarily for his work in education, Arley Bryant has not restricted his activities. He is president of the Concordia Chamber of Commerce and the Concordia Knife and Fork Club. He is a deacon in his church and a Sunday school teacher. He has been a member of the KSTA Board of Directors and vice-president of the Salina fall convention section.
Fifth Grade Teacher
Mulvane Elementary School
USD 263 Mulvane
A transplanted Texan, Mrs. Lottie Carver has been teaching the fifth grade at Mulvane elementary school since 1952. During that time, she has endeared herself to pupils and parents. The high regard in which she is held results primarily from her skill as a teacher, but it is based also on her many contributions to civic and professional activities.
Mrs. Carver graduated from high school in Texas, attended several colleges there, and taught on non-degree certificates in that state. She completed requirements for a bachelor's degree at Southwestern College, Winfield, in 1956.
Her out-of-school activities have been many and varied, ranging from serving on the Mulvane library board to assisting her son manage a summer baseball team. · Her husband, Floyd Carver, was largely responsible for the development of a Little League baseball program in Mulvane. Mrs. Carver helped by keeping records, carrying on correspondence, ordering supplies - everything but umpiring.
Mrs. Carver has two children, a son who is a Methodist minister in Wichita and a daughter who is a housewife in California. Three grandchildren benefit from her attention and affection.
In supporting the nomination for a Master Teacher Award, a colleague wrote of Mrs. Carver: "She is, without a doubt, one of the most unselfish, helpful, understanding, generous, and inspiring personalities that I have had the pleasure of knowing during my twenty-seven years in the teaching profession."
Hutchinson Junior High School
USD 308 Hutchinson
Teaching Latin to junior high school pupils would not ordinarily be regarded as a way to win friends and influence people, but Alice Ham has made it work. Since 1940, she has been teaching Latin in junior high schools in Hutchinson; during that time, she has established a reputation as a superior instructor and an outstanding member of the community.
Miss Ham received a bachelor's degree from Baker University in 1929. She holds a master's degree from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. She taught for three years in McLouth and seven years in Corning before accepting a position in Hutchinson.
Travel and church work have been Miss Ham's chief interests, aside from her teaching. She has visited every state in the union and many countries in Europe and South America. She has been involved in nearly all of the activities of the Trinity Methodist Church in Hutchinson.
Miss Ham has more than carried her share oi responsibility in the Hutchinson local teachers' association. She has served on several committees at both state and local levels.
A key factor in the decision of the Selection Committee to name Alice Ham as a Master Teacher for 1968 was the written testimony of many former students. Words such as patience, understanding, consideration, sense of humor, and concern ran through the many letters which were written in support of her nomination.
Fourth Grade Teacher
William Allen White Elementary School
USD 253 Emporia
Just a month after her 17th birthday, Hazel Bailey Miller started teaching a rural school near Mound Valley, Kansas. She enjoyed it - too much, in fact! She found it easy to dismiss school to attend ball games and other activities with her pupils. Her "strong-willed and outraged" grandmother, with whom she lived, made her resign at the close of the semester.
She tried again, with better results, in 1923, and taught in rural schools near Parsons for three years. Then she went west to Pratt county, returning to Lyon county in 1938 after her marriage to Frank Miller. She has been active in educational work in the county since that time. Since 1954, she has been a teacher in the William Allen White elementary school, where her assignment is to the fourth grade.
Mrs. Miller holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. She served a tem1 as county superintendent of schools and was elected to a second term, but resigned after the election to take a teaching position in Emporia.
Work in professional organizations has occupied much of her time. She has been a vice-president of the KST A, president of the Lyon county local association, and vice-president of the county superintendents group.
A colleague said of her recently: "Hazel Miller is a busy woman. She likes it that way. Her involvement benefits others, too, for she is well-known and well,;respected for the stands she has taken and defended in behalf of teachers.
Office Education Instructor
USD 368 Paola
As is true with so many master teachers, Irma Minden started her professional career as a teacher in a rural school. This was before she had earned a bachelor's degree from Southwest State College at Springfield, Mo. The degree enabled her to obtain a teaching position in the high school at Amsterdam, Mo. In 1947 she moved to the high school at Spring Hill, Kansas, and in 1950, to her present position as office education instructor at Paola.
Mrs. Minden received the master's degree from the Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, in 1961. Although she is highly regarded as a teacher, she has contributed to her profession and to her community in many other ways. She has been president of her local teachers association, and she is currently a member of the 5tate TEPS Commission. She sponsors the Paola Future Teachers group. She is active in the First Lutheran Church of Paola, as a Sunday school teacher and member of the choir.
Her principal said that Mrs. Minden "organizes her classes and teaches her students in such a manner that employers from the surrounding area are pleased to hire girls from her business classes. She is an inspiration to young teachers who come here to do supervised teaching, and she is always willing to give her time in helping them get started on the right foot."
Gladys Peterson has dedicated her life to teaching and to helping others to prepare to teach. For the past nineteen years, she has been a member of the Education faculty at Bethany College, Lindsborg, which was her alma mater.
After receiving a degree from Bethany in 1931, Miss Peterson taught rural schools in her home county, McPherson. Then she took an assignment to teach "normal training" and Latin at Republic high school. This lead to her interest in teacher education, which culminated in an appointment at Bethany in 1949.
Miss Peterson earned the master's degree at the University of Nebraska in the field of educational psychology. She has done considerable graduate work at other universities through the years.
Although her primary concern has been with the young people who have gone through the teacher education program at Bethany, Miss Peterson has found time to participate in many professional organizations. She has been president of the Kansas Association for Student Teaching. In 1967, Bethany College recognized her contribution through the years by giving her the Alumni Award of Merit.
In Lindsborg, Miss Peterson is known for her culinary skill. An invitation to dinner with Gladys and her brother, Carl, is highly prized.
English and Latin Teacher
USD 204 Bonner Springs
A $60 salary differential - $60 a year, that is - brought Doris Wright Stith to a teaching position in Kansas from her home in Nebraska in 1930. After three years in Blue Rapids and two in Council Grove, she accepted a position in Bonner Springs, where she now teaches English and Latin.
During the twenty-seven years that: Mrs. Stith has been on the faculty at Bonner Springs, she has contributed to the community in many ways other than as a superior teacher. The fact that there is a public library in Bonner Springs is due partly to her energy and persistence. She worked as an unpaid librarian for two summers and conducted a door-to-door campaign to raise money for a new set of encyclopedias to replace the 1897 set then in use.
Mrs. Stith has been active in professional organizations. She served as president of the Bonner Springs local and is currently chairman of the TEPS commission. Her out-of-school interests range from amateur theatrics to the local garden club.
A graduate of Kearney State Teachers College, Nebraska, Mrs. Stith has done graduate work at a number of colleges and universities. Her husband, Dr. Rex Stith, is a chiropractor. They have one son.