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Kansas Educator of the Year Winners

2019-20 Educator of the Year Winners

Every day, teachers, instructors, cooks, janitors, administrators and others make a difference in the lives of students in our communities at preschools, daycares, and elementary, middle and high schools. These 2019-20 winners made a special connection, were nominated by those in their community and stood out as leaders in education.

Learn more about the Kansas Educator of the Year and how to nominate your favorite educator for next year!

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2019-2020 Educator of the Year:
Scott Petry

Scott Petry is a 9th grade social studies teacher and middle school basketball coach at Billy Mills Middle School in Lawrence. Mr. Petry's nomination form said, "Mr. Petry champions independent thinking. He teaches students to be inquisitive and seek answers. By teaching students how to ask questions, he extends teaching beyond the 8th grade history curriculum and encourages students to be responsible partners in their own education." 

An energetic and inspiring teacher, Mr. Petry puts long hours into keeping his curriculum fresh and exciting. He is passionate about connecting history to current issues and encouraging critical thinking so his students are prepared for high school and beyond. Mr. Petry regularly goes above and beyond, including leading kids on spring break field trips to historic sites. 

Congratulations, Mr. Petry! As our overall winner, Midco is giving Scott $1,000, and $1,000 to Billy Mills Middle School. McCarthy Nissan and McCarthy Subaru are also making a $3,000 donation to Billy Mills Middle School, and $2,000 to a charity of Mr. Petry's choice (Tenants to Homeowners). Plus, Minsky's Pizza has donated a pizza dinner for 12 for Mr. Petry to celebrate with his family and friends.  

2019-20 Nominees

Here’s an overview of the awesome monthly winners nominated for the 2019-20 Educator of the Year award.

Kendra Luna 
1st Grade Teacher
Sunset Hill Elementary

”Kendra Luna is an amazing teacher, her heart and positive energy changes kid’s lives every day." 

Melissa Vinyard 
Special Education Para Professional 
Kennedy Elementary School

"Melissa Vinyard is dedicated to helping all the students she works with. She is empathetic, practical, and professional".  

Melissa Howard 
2nd Grade Teacher 
Broken Arrow Elementary School 

"Mrs. Howard is kind, positive, and a great listener. She is great at communicating with students and parents; is very thoughtful and a great teacher". 

Sandra Fischer 
1st Grade Teacher
Veritas Christian School

"Sandra Fischer makes learning so fun for the kids and yet has a strictness that they respect. She has dress up days that keep the kids engaged. She gives her all in everything she does and you can tell she truly loves the kids".  

Chelsea Schrant 
4th Grade Teacher
Tonganoxie Elementary 

"Mrs. Schrant is always patient and caring. She has an incredible knack of identifying each child's needs and tailoring her teaching to meet their needs. Teachers like her are truly gifted and should be recognized for their talents".  

Kelsey Elliott
Kindergarten Teacher 
Linwood Elementary 

"Kelsey Elliott is more than a teacher! Kelsey tries to meet each and every one of her student's needs. She goes above her expectations in how she engages with her students. Kelsey tries to keep her students motivated and wanting to learn and she is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring!!" 

Corrie Jackson 
3rd Grade English Teacher
Eudora High School 

"Mr. Jackson is kind, considerate, patient, smart, understanding, and helpful. He speaks to his students kindly and helps them with each assignment in his class. Mr. Jackson loves when students have a drive to better themselves and he lifts them up for it. He really supports his students in anyway he can".  

Scott Petry
8th Grade History Teacher 
Billy Mills Middle School 

"Mr. Petry is an energetic and inspiring teacher. His passion excites his students and brings history to light. Mr. Petry champions independent thinking and encourages students to be responsible partners in their own education. Mr. Petry goes above and beyond including leading kids on spring break field trips to historic sites".   

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