Distinguished Classroom Teachers announced
Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award winners announced
The Wichita Public Schools is proud to announce the 2021 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients in their respective categories. The recipients were surprised in their classrooms by BOE members, district leadership and family members.
The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools.
Alexandra Stamps, 5th grade teacher at McLean Science & Technology Magnet Elementary – New Teacher, Elementary
Runner up: Jesse Millspaugh, 4th grade teacher at Dodge Literacy Magnet Elementary
Kelsey Potter, 7th grade science teacher at Stucky Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category
Runner up: Jamie Smartt, 6th grade language arts teacher at Brooks Center for STEM and Arts Magnet Middle School.
Kelli Phimsiprasom, 1st grade teacher at Linwood Elementary School – Primary (Grades Pre-K – 2) category
Runner up: Dana Tisdale, kindergarten teacher at Gordon Parks Academy
Courtney Maddux, 3rd grade teacher at Harry Street Elementary – Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5) category
Runner up: Jerusha Willenborg, 3rd grade teacher at Gordon Parks Academy
Jonathan Belsan, 6th-8th grade social studies teacher at Coleman Middle School – Middle School category
Runner up: Claire Overstake, 6th grade science teacher at Stucky Middle School
Crystal Firestone, 9th-12th grade mixed abilities teacher at Northwest High School – High School category
Runner up: Chitra Harris, 9th-12th grade science teacher at South High School
Mike Williams, physical education teacher at Colvin Elementary – Support Teacher, Elementary category
Runner up: Kristen Mott, MTSS Facilitator at Harry Street Elementary School
Heather Manganiello, social worker at Hamilton Middle School – Support Teacher, Secondary category
Runner up: Kellie Loudermilk, data leader at Wilbur Middle School
Each teacher received a banner celebrating their accomplishment and a gift bag filled with WPS items including certificates from the Parent-Teacher Resource Center.
Peers, building administrators and parents nominated each of the recipients. A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the executive directors of elementary and secondary schools and members of United Teachers of Wichita selects the final recipients.
To view prior years’ recipients, click here.
The Distinguished Classroom Teachers will be recognized at the April 19 BOE meeting.