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

Congratulations 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year Taylor Bussinger

  • Taylor Bussinger, Olathe USD 233

Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year

  • Cherryl Delacruz, Topeka USD 501
  • Gretchen Elliott, Smoky Valley USD 400
  • Melissa Haney, Goddard USD 265
  • Erin Pittenger, Rock Creek USD 323
  • Michelle Tapko, Shawnee Mission USD 512
  • Fonda Telthorst, Piper-Kansas City USD 203

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

Kansas Teacher of the Year logo 

KTOY Team Links

2024

Kansas Teacher of the Year Speaker Service (PDF)

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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