Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

 
Twila Brown

Twila Brown

2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year Twila Brown – Olathe Elementary – 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Brown is a quiet teacher that teaches each student to do the best.  If a child is struggling, she changes her strategies to best fit the child.  As a community member, she is well respected for her nature […]

 
Kathy Gaber

Kathy Gaber

        2013 High School Teacher of the Year Montrose High School – Journalism teacher Kathy is an outstanding person and educator.  She has the ability to motivate and teach students.  I have heard colleagues and students speak highly of her abilities.  “Mrs. Gaber is a fun teacher and knows what she is […]

 
Keith Acuncias

Keith Acuncias

          2013 Middle School Teacher of the Year Olathe Middle & High School – Band teacher Mr. Acuncias brings his own passion of music into teaching each student and the energy shows.  He is well rounded, teaches respectfully and can connect with his students.  The music program continues to improve tremendously […]

 
Erin Martinez

Erin Martinez

          2015 High School Teacher of the Year Olathe High School – Agricultural teacher & FFA advisor Erin is a truly dedicated teacher.  She puts all of her time and energy into her classes and program. There is nothing Erin wouldn’t do to help her students be successful.

 
Meghan Waschbusch

Meghan Waschbusch

          2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year Centennial Middle School – 7th grade Science teacher Mrs. Waschbusch tries to make things as fun as possible while we learn as much as we can  She is a perfect mix of sternness and joyfulness.

 
Jody Hovde

Jody Hovde

          2015 Elementary School Teacher of the Year Pomona Elementary – Academic coach Jody champions her school’s students and colleagues daily, taking personal responsibility for Pomona’s performance and outcomes.

 
Mark Bollinger

Mark Bollinger

          2014 High School Teacher of the Year Montrose High School – Science teacher Nobody works harder than Mark.  He spends countless hours designing lessons, grading papers, doing make-up labs and tutoring students.  As one of our AP and concurrent enrollment teachers, he pushes students to achieve and excel at an […]

 
Nora Waldow

Nora Waldow

          2014 Elementary School Teacher of the Year Johnson Elementary – 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Waldow is a good person, friendly and nice.  She always has a smile on her face and helps her students in everything.  She cares about her students and their necessities.

 
Teresa Brown

Teresa Brown

          2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year   Columbine Middle School – 7th grade Math & Science teacher Teresa exemplifies what the teaching profession is about.  She is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about her students and the subjects she teaches.  She continuously is seeking out opportunities to improve […]

 
Heidi Voehringer

Heidi Voehringer

2012 High School Teacher of the Year Social Studies Montrose High School Heidi is an awesome teacher.  She strives to push each student to achieve to the best of their abilities.  When observing, I see students who are highly motivated and eager to hear more of what she has to say.  I see students who […]

 
Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year Math Centennial Middle School Instructionally, Chris is a very solid teacher.  Students feel like they can ‘do math.’  This is in part due to the attention he pays to differentiating instruction so students’ needs are met and by utilizing support personnel in his classroom so efficiently and effectively.  […]

 
Lynn Neal

Lynn Neal

2012 Elementary School Teacher of the Year Kindergarten Northside Elementary School Lynn is a terrific kindergarten teacher who is very devoted to her students, her school, and to her profession.  She has a positive classroom environment and students know how much she cares.  She has an excellent rapport with parents and teachers.

 
Jamie Simo

Jamie Simo

2011 Elementary School 4th Grade Northside Elementary School Jamie Simo’s student nominator said, “Mrs. Simo is my favorite teacher. I had her when I went to Northside. She is very nice and taught me to read. Mrs. Simo is the best!”

 
Doug Eccher

Doug Eccher

2011 High School Teacher of the Year Science Montrose High School According to Doug Eccher’s nomination, “Doug is a hard-working teacher who spends countless hours outside of classroom time helping students become more successful and proficient across the science curriculum. Doug strives to help all students while maintaining high expectations. Doug recognizes that there are […]

 
Gregory Whitsell

Gregory Whitsell

2011 Middle School Teacher of the Year 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies Centennial Middle School The nominator of Greg Whitsell offered, “Gregory Whitsell is a phenomenal teacher. He is passionate about the art of teaching, and his passion is contagious. Every lesson is masterfully crafted in an authentic and creative way. He delivers […]

 
Vi Conklin

Vi Conklin

2010 Elementary Teacher of the Year English as a Second Language Northside Elementary School According to Vi, “good teachers are life long learners not because they have to take classes to renew licenses or advance on the pay scale—but because they love learning and applying new knowledge and skills to their practice. Through example and […]

 
Crystal Sabatke-Smith

Crystal Sabatke-Smith

2010 Middle School Teacher of the Year 6th Grade Language Arts Centennial Middle School To Crystal, a good teacher, ” not only is a lender of knowledge, but a teacher is also a model for responsibility, respect, life-long learning, success and positive thinking. I have never wanted to be a good teacher, or even a […]

 
Mike Nadiak

Mike Nadiak

2010 High School Teacher of the Year Science Montrose High School According to Mike, “A good teacher has dedication to high standards and excellence. If a teacher shows this to be important, students will rise to the occasion and strive to do their best. Being on time, prepared, and willing to go the extra mile […]

 
Silas Almgren

Silas Almgren

2009 Teacher of the Year Mathematics Montrose High School “Simply put, I find myself to be the vehicle to help students find and develop a self-perpetuating discipline that will enable them to become successful at any endeavor they choose to pursue. Specifically, I work daily to create an environment where risks in mathematics will be […]

 
William “Bill” Hamm

William “Bill” Hamm

2008 Teacher of the Year Social Studies Olathe High School “It is all about relevancy. My role as a teacher is to draw a circle from where we start today and either move forward or reverse the process to explain the cause and effect relationship that each decision had on how we arrived at the […]