The 2010 Kansas Master Teachers were honored were honored yesterday in a day full of activites for their contributions to education.
They winners are Eleanor Browning, special education reading coach at Mary Herbert Educational Center, Kathy Doussa, first grade teacher at Northwest Elementary School in Dodge City, Michael Dunlap journalism teacher at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park,Lou Ann Getz, clinical instructor at Anthony & Eisenhower Middle Schools in Manhattan, Sheila A. Lewis, instructor at Tecumseh North Elementary School in Topeka, Andrea Sayler-Siefkes, science teacher at St. John High School in St. Johns, and Kassie Shook, first grade teacher at Sunflower Elementary in Lawrence.
The winners were selected from more than 90 candidates who were nominated by their schools or colleagues.
“We have a selection committee consisting of professors and faculty from different areas,” said Lori Mann, professor of Elementary teacher education.”We set up standards according to the (Kansas National Education Association)statement and webelieve we select someone who represents his or her professions, meanwhile, those candidates must have more than five years teaching experience to be nominated.”Mann said.
The Kansas Master Teacher award was established in 1953. The award is presented annually to the teachers who best exemplifies thegood qualities of inspirational people working in schools to help change lives for the better and who devote lifelong time making important and worthwhile contributions toeducation.
As part of Kansas Master Teacher Award, a seminar on teaching reading was held at Visser Hall 330, Jones Conference Center. Kansas Master Teachers Award winners gathered together to share good practice and excellent experience.
Browning, graduated from Emporia State University, has been teaching for 46 years.
“For me, the best rewarding thing is to help the kids to be the best they can be.” Browning said.
Doussa has been teaching for over 13 years
“I hope my classroom can become a second family for the students to learn something new,”Doussa said. She earned areading specialist endorsement from ESU in 2002.
Over Dunlap’s 20 years, he appreciates his everyday connections with his students.
“It offers me a chance to connect with them and get to know the individual, and that is really my favorite part of teaching,” he said.
Lou Ann Getz has been teaching for almost 30 years. She believes in recognition, relevance and relationship building with her students.
“When you make connection with individual kids and bring your love to the kids,”Getz said. “You know you are making a difference.”
Sheila Lewis has been teaching at Tecumseh North Elementary School since she graduated.
“I think a lot of kids need us to listen to them with patience and I am always keeping that in mind during my classes,”Lewis said.
Andrea Sayler-Siefkes said there was always one more thing to do as a teacher.
“When you saw a student was growing and getting better understanding and to be more comprehensive, it is time to encourage them to plan to the next step and goal,” Sayler-Siefkes said.“For me, all those little moments has already rewarded me.”
Kassie Shook has been teaching for 15 years. She emphasizes the importance of building the relationship with kids and cherishing the friendship with your peers.
“We want to show teachers how important they are and to be recognized with tremendous honor.” Mann Said.
DarlaMallein, associate professor of social sciences, has been organizing the Kansas Master Teacher Seminar for the past ten years.
“You can hearfrom seven top teachers in Kansas, to share their experiences and give their advice, which is helpful to shape students into the best teachers,”Mallein said. “I think it is a chance for our young students to be inspired because teaching contains a lot of hard work. I hope after today, they could find their motivation and a positive power to make a difference,” It is not just about your success in the classroom, but also you need to get involved in the professional organization, get involved in the community, and impact the students.”
The seminar attracted more than 100 people and family members of the award winners to attend.
“I think it is interesting because these teachers have been teaching for a long time, their experience and information gathering here will be so helpful for the further teachers,” said Bristi Snow, senior elementary education major.“I think it is very rewarding for teachers to be master teachers. Cause they have a lot of good experience to give us, and we can walk away with these ideas of how things go and to be progressive teachers.”