Two area teachers named finalists for Kansas Teacher of the Year
TOPEKA, September 19, 2009
Karla Denny, Director of Communicatons, 785-296-4876
Joan L. Moore, a first-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in McPherson (McPherson USD 418), and Jeline D. Harclerode, an eighth-grade computer technology teacher at Emporia Middle School (Emporia USD 253), were named Region 1 finalists for the 2010 Kansas Teacher of the Year award today.
The announcements were made during ceremonies at the Salina Country Club. As finalists for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction, Moore and Harclerode each received a $2,000 cash award from Security Benefit, a major partner in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program.
Moore and Harclerode are among six Teacher of the Year semi-finalists from Region 1, which covers the first U.S. congressional district. Other semi-finalists were Damon W. Boyer, a fifth-grade teacher at Heusner Elementary School in Salina (Salina USD 305); Theresa G. Corcoran, a fifth-grade teacher at Graber Elementary School in Hutchinson (Hutchinson USD 308); Leonard J. Rodenbur, a high school social studies teacher at Ingalls High School (Ingalls USD 477); and Gloria J. Yates, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Fort Riley Middle School (Geary County USD 475). Each of the semi-finalists received a red marble apple, compliments of The Master Teacher in Manhattan.
Statewide, 91 educators were nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction. Nominations are made in each of four regions in the state. The Kansas State Department of Education, sponsor of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, appointed regional selection panels to select semi-finalists and finalists from each region.
The selection panels are comprised of teachers, education administrators, and higher education representatives. Each panel selects six semi-finalists, three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers. From those semi-finalists, the panel in each region then selects one elementary finalist and one secondary finalist. The Kansas Teacher of the Year will be selected from among the regional finalists and announced during a ceremony Nov. 21 in Wichita.
The individual selected as the Kansas Teacher of the Year is then eligible for national distinction as Teacher of the Year. The National Teacher of the Year program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by the ING Foundation.
The Kansas Teacher of the Year team, comprised of the Teacher of the Year and state finalists, travels the state advocating for education and the teaching profession.
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