2012 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Nancy Browne

nancy browneWyandotte High School, 1970

Nancy Browne has three rules that guide her life. They are rules set by her high school yearbook teacher.

  • Organization is the key to success
  • If all else fails, follow directions
  • A deadline, is a deadline, is a deadline

Her yearbook teacher is one of many staff who gave her reasons to believe in herself when she was a student in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She thrived on the abundance of support she felt during those years and the many activities that paved her future path.

One activity was swimming. She was an active swimmer and a member of Splash Club at Wyandotte High School. She went on to compete on the swim team when she was at the University of Kansas (KU).

After earning her degree in health and physical education at KU, she came back to KCK and began her lifelong career as a teacher, teaching health, PE and swimming. Over the years, she has taught hundreds of students how to swim; her abilities in this sport have changed many students' lives.

She taught at Wyandotte for six years before moving to Washington High School, where she taught for 28 year before retiring in 2008. At Washington, she also served as the girls swim coach for 14 years and the boys swim coach for eight. Even in her retirement years she has remained actively involved with students; she has spent the last four years as the athletic director at Washington. Education has been her whole life.

Browne has remained true to her roots over the years and has supported a number of community groups including the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter of the March of Dimes, Creative Experiences and the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties.

Among her many awards, she was named Northeast Kansas Rotary Teacher of the Year in 2007 and Washington's Coach of the Year in 2005.