This past Sunday, September 15th, 2019, Carrie Lingenfelter and a contingent of supporters travelled to Topeka for the Region 2 Kansas Teacher of the Year ceremony. At the event, Mrs. Lingenfelter was honored, along with 38 fellow educators as nominees for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award. Mrs. Lingenfelter was the USD 456 representative at the ceremony as she was selected as the district Teacher of the Year last spring.
Last year, the USD 456 Teacher of the Year award held its' inaugural selection. For the inaugural award, Mrs. Lingenfelter was selected amongst district certified staff by district administrators and the board of education. In future years, the award will be determined through a nomination process that will include students, staff, and community members and then selected by the board of education.
The KSDE Teacher of the Year program is a highly prestigious honor with only 8 finalists selected from over 100 nominees. To be considered for KSDE's Teacher of the Year, district nominees complete a professional application packet including a professional biography, response questions, recommendation letters, and a number of other information items.
For this year's district Teacher of the Year award, Mrs. Lingenfelter was selected due to her demonstrated commitment to continued student success, innovative applications of knowledge for students within the classroom, and valuable professional contributions amongst her peers.
Congratulations to Carrie Lingenfelter for representing USD 456 at the Kansas Teacher of the Year ceremony.