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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.


2024 Kansas Teacher of The Year Nomination Form  Application Portal opens September 12, 2022.


2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to the 2023 KTOY Regional Finalists

Carly Torres
Hutchinson USD 308

Erica Huggard
Emporia USD 253

Pamela Munoz
Topeka USD 501


Jaimie Swindler
Ottawa USD 290

Kendal Norberg
Louisburg USD 416

Jessica Gazzano
Spring Hill USD 230

Mallory Keefe
Cheney USD 268

Brian Skinner
Newton USD 373



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

Tamla Miller
(785) 296-4950

Communications and Recognition Programs Team Director

Denise Kahler
(785) 296-4876


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