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2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists

 

The 2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year will be announced in September 2022.

Jessica Gazzano

Grades 6-8 Art

Spring Hill USD 230
Woodland Spring Middle School
17450 W. 167th Street
Olathe, KS 66062

Phone: (913) 592-7416
Email:  gazzanoj@usd230.org

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Jessica Gazzano

Jessica Gazzano is the art teacher for grades 6 through 8 at Woodland Spring Middle School, in Olathe, Kansas. She has 14 years of teaching experience with 9 of those years in the Spring Hill school district. Mrs. Gazzano is also active on the strategic plan and building leadership team, is head cheerleading coach, and sponsors the school’s publications club.

 

 

Erica Huggard

Biology and Anatomy

Emporia USD 253
Emporia High School
3302 W 18th Ave
Emporia, KS 66801

Phone:  (620) 341-2365

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Erica Huggard

Erica Huggard is in her sixteenth year of teaching at Emporia High School which is located in Emporia, Kansas. Currently, she teaches anatomy and physiology and biology. Huggard received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health Education from Emporia State University. She later received her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.

Mallory Keefe

Preschool

Cheney USD 268
Cheney Elementary School
100 W 6th Avenue
Cheney, KS 67025

Phone:  (316) 542-3137

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Mallory Keefe

Mallory Keefe is the head teacher of the three-year-old preschool program at Cheney Elementary School (USD 268) in Cheney, Kansas. Keefe started the program in August 2019. Keefe received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Wichita State University in 2015 and completed her Master of Science in Early Childhood from Emporia State University in 2020.

 

Pamela Munoz

Kindergarten

Topeka USD 501
McCarter Elementary School
5512 SW 16th Street
Topeka, KS 66604

Phone: (785) 438-4660
Email:  pmunoz@tps501.org

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Pamela Munoz

Pamela Munoz is a kindergarten teacher at McCarter Elementary in Topeka Public Schools Unified School District 501. She graduated from Emporia State University in 2006 earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in English as a Second Language and Early Childhood. Her 16 years of teaching experience include teaching English as a Second Language, 5th grade and Kindergarten.

 

Kendal Norberg

Grade 4

Louisburg USD 416
Broadmoor Elementary School
105 S. 5th Street East, P.O. Box 367
Louisburg, KS 66053-0367

Phone: (913) 837-1900
Email:  norbergk@usd416.org

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Kendal Norberg

Kendal Norberg teaches fourth grade at Broadmoor Elementary School in Louisburg, Kansas; Unified School District 416. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University. She also earned a master’s degree in special education from Baker University in 2019. Norberg has taught in Louisburg for the past twelve years in different capacities.

Brian Skinner

Interrelated Special Education

Newton USD 373
Newton High School
900 West 12th Street
Newton, KS 67141

Phone: (316) 284-6280
Email:  brian.skinner@usd373.org

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Brian Skinner

Brian Skinner is an interrelated special education teacher, grades 9-12, for Newton Schools USD 373, as an employee of the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative, in Newton, Kansas. He has been teaching since Aug. 2013, and currently serves as Newton High School’s special education department chair.

 

Jaimie Swindler

9-12 Special Education

Ottawa USD 290
Ottawa Sr. High School
1120 S. Ash Street
Ottawa, KS 66067

Phone: (785) 229-8020 Ext. 1919
Email:  swindlerj@usd290.org

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Jaimie Swindler

Jaimie Swindler is the teacher for 18-21 special education services at USD 290, Ottawa, KS and this fall began dually serving as the district Transition Specialist. Swindler provides support for students primarily with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully transition from school to the community, with the goal of maximizing independence and being competitively employed.

 

Carly Torres

Grade 5

Hutchinson USD 308
Wiley Elementary School
900 W. 21st Ave.
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Phone:  (620) 615-5250

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Carly Torres

Carly Torres teaches fifth grade at Wiley Elementary School, Hutchinson Unified School District 308, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Torres has taught fifth grade for the past 5 years. Before teaching at USD 308, she taught one year at a bilingual school in Gracias, Lempira, Honduras. There she taught kindergarten.

 

 

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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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