• Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards

    Nominations for the 2020-21 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award program are now being accepted! See below for details!

    The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award program recognizes outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools. It is the highest award bestowed by the district on its teaching staff.


    Each year, awards are given in eight different categories - new teacher (elementary), new teacher (secondary), primary (Pre-K through 2), intermediate (3 through 5), middle school, high school, support (elementary) and support (secondary) teachers.


    Anyone can nominate a teacher for this prestigious award. The nomination form must be completed in collaboration with the teacher-nominee and submitted by the announced deadlines. 

    A selection committee made up of teachers, school and district-level administrators, the executive directors of elementary and secondary schools and a member of the United Teachers of Wichita reviews the nominations and makes the final selections.


    The award recipients are recognized by the Board of Education and each receives a crystal award and a $20 purchasing card to be used at Parent Teacher Resources. Their schools also receive a commemorative banner featuring their award-winning teacher.

    Link to see a list of prior award honorees. 

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    2020-21 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award


    Link to the nomination form.

    Link to the nomination rubric.

    Deadline for mailed nominations is January 21

    Deadline for hand-delivered nominations is 12 p.m., January 22

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  • Distinguished Classroom Teachers 2020

    DCTA honorees 2018

    2020 Distinguished Classroom Teachers (back row) Denise Van Horn, Leigh Kasper, Sam Belsan, Darham Rogers and Afton Miller; (front row) Tiffany Peterson, Lisa Reeb and Catherine Klunder.

    Distinguished Classroom Teachers 2019

    Distinguished Classroom Teachers 2017

    2019 Distinguished Classroom Teachers (left to right) Keely PJ Tolbert, Ashley Cavazos, Kimberly Knox, Cathy Boote, Kate Skinner, Susan Moore and Sarah Gegen.