Kansas Educator of the Year Winners
2018-19 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 2018-19 winners made a special connection, were nominated by those in their community, and stood out as leaders in education.
We are now accepting nominations for the 2019-20 acedemic year. Be sure to nominate your favorite educator for the Educator of the Year!
2018-19 Educator of the Year:
Charles VanMiddlesworth, affectionately called “Mr. Van” by his students, is the Director of Bands for grades 5-12 in the Tonganoxie school district. Under his leadership, the high school band has performed in numerous festivals, parades and competitions and has made four college bowl appearances where they’ve won awards, including the Sweepstakes Award at the 2002 Liberty Bowl.
According to one colleague, Mr. Van "is one of the best teachers that I have ever worked with. He is very deserving of this award.” His students and their parents agree. They emphasize that he puts his relationships with students first, and describe him as "the epitome of a great teacher – encouraging, engaging, charismatic, understanding and creative. Overall, just a fantastic teacher and person.”
Here’s an overview of the awesome monthly winners nominated for the 2018-19 Educator of the Year award.
Adaptive Physical Education Teacher & Baseball Coach
Lawrence High School
“Brad Stoll has not only been a phenomenal teacher, but also a mentor to young people. He has guided young minds in believing in themselves to accomplish anything they set their sights on.”
5th Grade Teacher
Pinckney Elementary School
“Megan is able to see exactly what each child brings to the community, and her whole teaching approach involves finding and using children's unique strengths to help them overcome their struggles and develop a positive self-concept."
“Mrs. Wills goes out of her way to stay in constant contact with parents, providing advice and suggestions. She really makes me feel like I am part of my son's education. She takes time with every single student to make them feel special.”
6th Grade English-Language Arts Teacher
Bishop Seabury Academy
“She makes learning fun. We are writing novels, and she has made this possible, giving us valuable feedback, pushing us to be the best writers we can be. She inspires us every day to be our best selves.”
Eudora High School
“Mrs. Klein has made such an impact on my life, not only as a teacher, but as a human being who cares deeply about my well-being. She saw my potential and worth when I didn’t. She is not only the most caring person I have EVER met. She is the most peaceful, kind, gentle spirit.”
2nd Grade Teacher
Broken Arrow Elementary
“Kathy works to foster the best possible environment in her classroom. She designs a variety of lesson plans to meet the skill levels of a very diverse classroom with multiple educational and behavioral needs.”
Special Education Teacher
Free State High School
“I am a parent of a child with Autism who has been in the school district and now has graduated. I was hired by Erin as a para in her room, and I am constantly amazed at how she works with children. A wonderful person!”
Know a Great Educator in the Kansas Area?
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. Take the time to nominate a deserving educator in your community today!