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Kansas Horizon Award Program

The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.

The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.                        

Novice teachers who have met all requirements on any license type with the exceptions of emergency substitute and emergency standard substitute licenses, which do not qualify, are eligible to be nominated. Teachers who are completing an alternative route and teaching under a pre-standard license (still in the process of completing the professional education or preservice program) are also eligible to be nominated.

The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.
The Kansas State Department of Education will appoint regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a total of 32 teachers.

 2020 Kansas Horizon Award Application 


2019 Kansas Horizon Award Recipients

Region 1

  • Holly Abel, Riverside Elementary School, Emporia USD 253
  • Abigail Baeten, Lincoln Elementary School, Clay County USD 379
  • Abigail Buser, Westwood Elementary School, Geary County USD 475
  • Meredith Clark, Beloit Junior/Senior High School, Beloit USD 273
  • Kristy Fischer, Ellinwood Middle/High School, Ellinwood USD 355
  • Kaleigh Huxman, McPherson Middle School, McPherson USD 418
  • Jill Siebert, Hillsboro Elementary School, Hillsboro-Lehigh-Durham USD 410
  • Alicia Torr, Moundridge Middle/High School, Moundridge USD 423

Region 2

  • Olivia Basye, Berryton Elementary School, Shawnee Heights USD 450
  • Chari Bauman, Yates Center Elementary School, Woodson USD 366
  • Julie Burk, Eudora Elementary School, Eudora USD 491
  • Riley Propps, Shawnee Heights High School, Shawnee Heights USD 450
  • Logan Pegram, Anderson County Junior/Senior High School, Garnett-Greeley-Westphalia USD 365
  • Macy Pickman, Atchison High School, Atchison USD 409
  • Garret Platt, Seaman Middle School, Seaman USD 345
  • Hannah Taylor, Scott Dual Language Magnet School, Topeka USD 501

 Region 3

  • Bailey Bacon, J.C. Harmon High School, Kansas City USD 500
  • Kadra Boulware, Rockville Elementary School, Louisburg USD 416
  • Katey Foley, Gardner Edgerton High School, Gardner Edgerton USD 231
  • Sarah Lenz, Wolf Creek Elementary School, Spring Hill USD 230
  • Haley Poulter, Mize Elementary School, De Soto USD 232
  • Clayton Prater, Bonner Springs Elementary School, Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204
  • Leanna Willer, Louisburg High School, Louisburg USD 416
  • Danielle Winkler, Spring Hill Middle School, Spring Hill USD 230

Region 4

  • Macey Dinkel, Stafford Elementary School, Stafford USD 349
  • Rachel Eck, Goddard High School, Goddard USD 265
  • Amy Hiebert, Halstead Middle School, Halstead/Bentley USD 440
  • Joseph Hubener, Clearwater High School, Clearwater USD 264
  • Chandler Ochoa, Newton High School, Newton USD 373
  • Michelle Ramirez, Nelson Elementary School, Haysville USD 261
  • Payton Scheer, Challenger Intermediate School, Goddard USD 265
  • Paige Towey, St. Mark’s School, Renwick USD 267

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