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Distinguished Classroom Teachers recognized

Distinguished Classroom Teachers recognized

DCTA Award WinnersThe Wichita Public Schools recognized the 2022 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients in their respective categories during the April 11 Board of Education meeting. The teachers were recognized individually and videos highlighting their work in the classroom were shown.

Sue Ake, 5th grade teacher, Gordon Parks Academy – New Teacher, Elementary. Click here to watch Sue Ake's video.

Abbi Faflick, 6th-8th grade vocal music teacher, Coleman Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category. Click here to watch Abbi Faflick's video. 

James Quillen, kindergarten teacher, Cloud Elementary School – Primary (Grades Pre-K – 2) category. Click here to watch James Quillen's video.

Megan Campbell, 3rd grade teacher, Gordon Parks Academy – Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5) category. Click here to watch Megan Campbell's video.

Kimberlee Hughes, 8th grade social studies and AVID teacher, Mayberry Cultural & Fine Arts Magnet Middle School – Middle School category. Click here to watch Kimberlee Hughes' video.

Joanna Farmer, agriculture teacher, Southeast High School – High School category. Click here to watch Joanna Farmer's video.

Jennifer Pollard, PBS counselor, Cloud Elementary School – Support Teacher, Elementary category. Click here to watch Jennifer Pollard's video.

Sara Puetz, library media specialist, Gordon Parks Academy – Support Teacher, Secondary category. Click here to watch Sara Puetz's video.

During the meeting, it was announced that James Quillen and Joanna Farmer will represent the Wichita Public Schools as nominees for the prestigious Kansas Teacher of the Year award this fall. It was also announced that Abbi Faflick and Sue Ake will represent the district for the Kansas Horizon Award competition, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers.

The recipients were surprised in their schools on March 3 and 4 by BOE members, district leadership and members of the selection committee.

The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools. Peers, building administrators or parents have nominated each of the recipients. A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary schools and a member of United Teachers of Wichita selects the final recipients.

To view prior recipients, click here.

Posted April 11, 2022