For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2014[DLK1] 

 

2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award Program Recognizes 32 Kansas Educators

 

TOPEKA - Thirty-two first-year educators from around the state were named 2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award recipients recently. The Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Awards are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association and recognize exemplary first-year educators.

 

The Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award program allows all school districts in the state an opportunity to nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for the award. To be eligible for the award, teachers must have successfully completed their first year of teaching and have performed in such a way as to distinguish themselves as outstanding. The program is a regional competition with four regions corresponding to the state’s U.S. Congressional districts. Four elementary and four secondary classroom teachers may be selected for the award from each region.

 

Recipients of the 2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award were notified of their selection by Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas commissioner of education. DeBacker remarked, “I want to extend my congratulations to the recipients of the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award. These new educators have taken on the challenge of helping all of our students learn to their fullest potential, and I am heartened by the quality of individuals we bring to our classrooms each year. I commend each of the award recipients for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of their students.”

 

The 2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award recipients will be recognized at a special luncheon during the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) State Education Conference on Feb. 21, 2014.

 

 

2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award Recipients

 

Region 1

Megan Berry, Abilene High School, USD 435 Abilene

Katrina Goscha, McPherson High School, USD 418 McPherson

Valerie Harris, Central Elementary School, USD 352 Goodland

Allison MacGill, Northview Elementary School, USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Robyn Myers, Roosevelt Elementary School, USD 418 McPherson

Sarah Samuelson, Comanche Middle School, USD 443 Dodge City

Trisha Spears, Central Elementary School, USD 320 Wamego

Anna Voth, Salina High School Central, USD 305 Salina

 

Region 2: 

Hilary Armstrong, Washburn Rural Middle School, USD 437 Auburn Washburn

Christina Black, LaCygne Elementary School, USD 362 Prairie View

Clark Boatright, Robinson Middle School, USD 501 Topeka

Katie Chenoweth, Basehor Elementary School, USD 458 Basehor-Linwood

Kerby Cornett, Eugene Field Elementary School, USD 290 Ottawa

Matt Kleopfer, Iola High School, USD 257 Iola

Noah Musser, Eudora High School, USD 491 Eudora

Alex Toepfer, Washburn Rural High School, USD 437 Auburn Washburn

 

Region 3:

Brittany Gonser, Turner Elementary School, USD 202 Turner

Colby Heckathorn, Starside Elementary School, USD 232 De Soto

Lauren Knoepfler, Regency Place Elementary School, USD 233 Olathe

Adam Lundine, Blue Valley Northwest High School, USD 229 Blue Valley

Kassy Miller, Louisburg Middle School, USD 416 Louisburg

Jenny Prater, F. L Schlagle High School, USD 500 Kansas City

Hilary Riggle, Indian Trail Middle School, USD 233 Olathe

Alix Lea Santa Maria, Stanley Elementary School, USD 229 Blue Valley

 

 

 

Region 4: 

Kaitlyn Jilka, Lincoln Elementary School, USD 402 Augusta

Amanda Leighton, Valley Center High School, USD 262 Valley Center

Kevin Roulhac, Maize High School, USD 266 Maize

Kristina Sims, Maize Central Elementary School, USD 266 Maize

Roxana Smith, Andover Central Middle School, USD 385 Andover

Elizabeth Wall, Lowell Elementary School, USD 465 Winfield

Nathan Whitman, Burrton High School, USD 369 Burrton

Renicia Yoder, Northridge Elementary School, USD 373 Newton

 

As recipients of the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award, these educators are invited to join the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN), a network of educators from around the state who have been formally recognized for exemplary performance. Members of KEEN have an opportunity to network with other outstanding educators and participate in a number of professional development programs throughout the year.

                                                                               

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