Kansas Teacher of the Year Program

 

The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.

Nomination

2025 Kansas Teacher of The Year Nomination Form 

 

2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year Finalists

2024 Semifinalists photos, regions and school districts.

Finalists:

REGION 1
  • Gretchen Elliott, Smoky Valley USD 400
  • Erin Pittenger, Rock Creek USD 323
     
REGION 2
  • Cherryl Delacruz, Topeka USD 501
  • Fonda Telthorst, Piper-Kansas City USD 203
     
REGION 3
  • Taylor Bussinger, Olathe USD 233
  • Michelle Tapko, Shawnee Mission USD 512
     
REGION 4
  • Joanna Farmer, Wichita USD 259
  • Melissa Haney, Goddard USD 265

Kansas Teacher of the Year logo 

2024 Dale Dennis Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet 

Banquet Registration Form

For more information about the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, please contact:

Tamla Miller
(785) 296-4950
tmiller@ksde.org


Communications and Recognition Programs Team Director

Denise Kahler
(785) 296-4876
‚Äčdkahler@ksde.org

 

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