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Distinguished Classroom Teachers recognized

Distinguished Classroom Teachers recognized

2020 Distinguished Classroom Teachers
The Wichita Public Schools recognized the 2020 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients in their respective categories during the March 9 Board of Education meeting. The teachers were recognized individually and meeting attendees were shown videos highlighting their work in the classroom.

Afton Miller, 4th grade teacher at Harry Street Elementary – New Teacher, Elementary
Click here to watch Afton’s video

Sam Belsan, social studies teacher at Coleman Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category
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Lisa Reeb, kindergarten teacher at Colvin Elementary – Primary (Grades Pre-K – 2) category
Click here to watch Lisa’s video

Catherine Klunder, 5th grade teacher at Harry Street Elementary – Intermediate (Grades 3 – 5) category
Click here to watch Catherine’s video

Denise Van Horn, math Pre-IB teacher at Robinson Middle School – Middle School category
Click here to watch Denise’s video

Darham Rogers, World/US History and AVID teacher at East High School
 – High School category
Click here to watch Darham’s video

Tiffany Peterson, music teacher at Woodman Elementary
 – Support Teacher, Elementary category
Click here to watch Tiffany’s video

Leigh Kasper, counselor at Hamilton Middle School – Support Teacher, Secondary category
Click here to watch Leigh’s video

During the meeting, it was announced that Catherine Klunder and Darham Rogers will represent the Wichita Public Schools as nominees for the prestigious Kansas Teacher of the Year award this fall. It was also announced that Sam Belsan and Afton Miller will represent the district for the Kansas Horizon Award competition, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers.

The recipients were surprised in their schools on Feb. 19  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