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Two education students honored as Teachers of Promise

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College teacher education faculty have selected two students as “Teachers of Promise,” recognized by the Kansas State Board of Education.

Seniors Stephanie Brown, Newton, and Alyssa Sullivan, Kansas City, Kansas, attended the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network annual conference in Topeka Feb. 16.

Any Kansas college or university education department can nominate two students each semester as Teachers o Promise. The spring honorees – Brown, Sullivan and 37 of their peers from 22 other institutions with teacher preparation programs – are invited to attend the KEEN conference.

“The state provides extra opportunities for these individuals,” said Allen Jantz, Bethel professor of education. “In the fall, they can attend a workshop designed especially for them” – a workshop that includes that year’s Kansas Teacher of the Year and the KTOY Team.

“In the spring, they participate in the KEEN conference activities. It’s beginning the professional relationships that are so vital to teaching.”

He continued, “I ask everyone who teaches courses that all our students would have had [for] who had demonstrated the most promise to be an effective educator.”

Brown was nominated as the secondary education Teacher of Promise from Bethel for this year. She is completing a math major and will earn a German minor by studying next fall at the Bergische-Universität-Gesamthochschule-Wuppertal, in Wuppertal, Germany, through an exchange that has been going on for nearly 60 years.

Brown’s intention is to qualify to teach both German and math at the high school level.

Sullivan will graduate in May with a degree in elementary education and special education.

While at Bethel, Brown was a member of the tennis team for three years. She is in her third year singing with both the Bethel College Concert Choir and the small women’s a cappella ensemble Woven, and has served on the Student Alumni Association.

Sullivan is in her fourth year on the softball team. She is a student ambassador in admissions and the student representative on the Teacher Education Committee.

Both Sullivan and Brown have consistently appeared on the Dean’s List, and served as academic tutors in the Center for Academic Development.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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