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.

The Kansas Teacher of the Year program consists of local, regional and state competition.The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.

The Kansas State Department of Education appoints regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers designated as semifinalists. Two regional finalists, one elementary teacher and one secondary teacher, are chosen from among these six teachers. Regional selection committees are comprised of education administrators and teachers.

Nomination

2026 Kansas Teacher of The Year Nomination Form will be available in August.

2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year

2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year Taylor Bussinger

Visit the 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team website.

2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year Finalists

Region 1: Whitney Aves, Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson USD 308; Maegen Stucky, Roosevelt Elementary School, McPherson USD 418. Region 2: Elizabeth Anstine, Leavenworth Sr. High School, Leavenworth USD 453; Benjamin Eckelberry, Tecumseh North Elementary School, Shawnee Heights USD 450. Region 3: Ryan Mellick, Bonner Springs High School, Bonner Springs USD 204; Amber Pagan, Nieman Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512. Region 4: Erik Stone, Gordon Parks Academy, Wichita USD 259; Olivia Winegeart, Paul B. Cooper Elementary School, Derby USD 260.

Region 1

  • Whitney Aves, Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson USD 308
  • Maegen Stucky, Roosevelt Elementary School, McPherson USD 418

Region 2

  • Elizabeth Anstine, Leavenworth Sr. High School, Leavenworth USD 453
  • Benjamin Eckelberry, Tecumseh North Elementary School, Shawnee Heights USD 450

Region 3

  • Ryan Mellick, Bonner Springs High School, Bonner Springs USD 204
  • Amber Pagan, Nieman Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512

Region 4

  • Erik Stone, Gordon Parks Academy, Wichita USD 259
  • Olivia Winegeart, Paul B. Cooper Elementary School, Derby USD 260

Visit the Kansas Teacher of the Year Team webpage for more information.

Kansas Teacher of the Year logo 

Mark your calendars!

2025 Dale Dennis Kansas Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet
Sept. 28, 2024
Marriott Hotel, Wichita, KS

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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