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Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year


2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year 


Taylor Bussinger, 2024 KTOYTaylor Bussinger
8th grade, Social Studies

Olathe USD 233
Prairie Trail Middle School
21600 W. 107th St.
Olathe, KS 66061

Phone: (913) 780-7280
Email: tbussingerprt@olatheschools.org





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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


Cherryl Delacruz

Cherryl Delacruz
Grades 10-12 Mathematics

Topeka USD 501
Highland Park High School
2424 S.E. California Ave.
Topeka, Kansas 66605

Phone: (785) 274-6000
Email:  cdelacruz@tps501.org


Gretchen Elliott

Gretchen Elliott
Grades 9-10, Art

Smoky Valley USD 400
Smoky Valley High School
1 Viking Blvd.
Lindsborg, Kansas 67456

Phone:  (785) 227-2909
Email: gelliott@smokyvalley.org


Joanna Farmer

Joanna Farmer
Grades 9-12, Agriculture

Wichita USD 259
Southeast High School
2641 E. 127th St. E.
Wichita, Kansas 67207

Phone:  (316) 973-2700
Email: jfarmer@usd259.net


Melissa Haney

Melissa Haney
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Goddard USD 265
Explorer Elementary School
16746 W. Explorer
Goddard, Kansas 67052

Phone: (316) 794-4181
Email:  mhaney@goddardusd.com


Erin Pittenger

Erin Pittenger
Kindergarten - 4th Grade Art

Rock Creek USD 323
St. George Elementary School
200 Blackjack Road
St. George, KS 66535

Phone: (785) 494-2482
Email:  pittenge@usd323.org


Michelle Tapko

Michelle Tapko
6th Grade, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Shawnee Mission USD 512
Roesland Elementary School
4900 Parish Dr.
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66205

Phone: (913) 993-4700
Email:  michelletapko@smsd.org


Fonda Telthorst

Fonda Telthorst
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, Music

Piper-Kansas City USD 203
Piper Prairie Elementary School
3131 N. 122nd
Kansas City, Kansas 66109

Phone: (913) 721-1243
Email: ftelthorst@piperschools.us


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