2024 Kansas Regional Teachers of the Year

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

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Cherryl Delacruz has worked in public education for 20 years as a secondary math and science teacher, math department chairperson and math trainer. Currently,she teaches honors algebra 2, college algebra and statistics to 10th and 11th grade students. 

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

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Gretchen Elliott is in her 26th year in education and is currently teaching at Smoky Valley High School. Elliott began her career as a 7-12 Art Teacher at Canton-Galva High School where she adopted the art program that is still thriving.

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

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Joanna Farmer, the high school teacher for Southeast High School in Wichita, used her past experience growing up on a farm and participating in both 4-H and FFA activities, to build one of the largest agriculture education programs in the state and one of only a few urban FFA chapters in the nation.

 

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

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Melissa Haney is the K-4 Project Lead the Way Science teacher at Explorer Elementary school. She is a 16-year veteran teacher for Goddard Public Schools. Haney is an organized professional who brings change, energy, and inspiration to the teaching world.

 

Erin Pittenger

Erin Pittenger

Kindergarten - 4th Grade Art

St. George Elementary School
200 Blackjack Road
St. George, KS 66535

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

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Erin Pittenger currently teaches Kindergarten through 4th grade Art at St. George Elementary School in St. George, Kansas. This position allows her to share her deep passion for art, community and life with nearly 400 amazing artists.

Michelle Tapko

Michelle Tapko

6th Grade, ELA, Social Studies

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

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

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Michelle Tapko is a sixth-grade teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District at Roesland Elementary School. Her classroom is a safe space for students and teachers to share their lives and stories so that everyone can learn and grow. 

 

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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Fonda Telthorst currently teaches music at Piper Prairie Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas. Her students explore and experience math, science, history, reading, language, and technology through music.

 

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Tamla Miller
(785) 296-4950
tmiller@ksde.org


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Denise Kahler
(785) 296-4876
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