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Two students attend state conference for educators

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College teacher education faculty have nominated two students to attend an educators’ conference in Topeka.

The two are seniors Alyssa Scheuerman, Scott City, and Jason Friesen, Inman, each named a “Teacher of Promise.” They are attending and participating in the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) State Education Conference, Feb. 19-20 in Topeka.

Along with other “Teachers of Promise” from across the state, Scheuerman and Friesen will be honored at the closing banquet of the KEEN Conference, Feb. 20 at noon.

Scheuerman, a 2011 graduate of Scott Community High School, is completing a degree in elementary and special education at Bethel.

During the last school year, Scheuerman was the student representative to Bethel’s Teacher Education Committee, which serves to advise the director of teacher education, coordinate the program of teacher education with the various departments of the college, and approve candidates for admission to the teacher education program, for student teaching, and for teaching licensure.

Scheuerman has played for the Threshers women’s tennis team all four years. This past September, she and her doubles partner, Allie Hipp, a senior from Claflin, had “a breakout tournament” in which they defeated the #3 and #2 seeded doubles teams before losing the championship doubles match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional tournament in Omaha.

Friesen, a 2011 graduate of Inman High School, is completing a degree in chemistry and secondary education.

He played football for Bethel one year and has been a member of the men’s track and field team all four years. He was one of five team members who traveled to the 2014 NAIA National Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, last May, where he competed in the 400m hurdles.

Scheuerman and Friesen have consistently appeared on the Dean’s List at Bethel, which recognizes the highest academic achievement, and were both named NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14.

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) developed KEEN – individuals from the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, the Milken Family Foundation educator awards program, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, the Kansas Horizon Awards program and Nationally Board Certified Teachers.

KEEN’s mission is to build and use a network of exemplary educators who are leaders in improving schools, student performance and the teaching/education profession.

Members of KEEN are invited each year to professional development opportunities that address various pertinent education issues. KEEN members also serve on various advisory and selection committees for the KSDE.

The KEEN conference theme for 2015 is “The Heart of the Matter.” Conference sessions will address the state’s initiatives to improve academic achievement and increase the quality of instruction for all students, and will examine the practices of highly effective instructors.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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