Shawnee Mission’s Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees are Crystal Brower, Kindergarten teacher at Shawanoe Elementary School, and Natalie Johnson-Berry, English Language Arts teacher at Shawnee Mission North High School.
Incoming Superintendent Michelle Hubbard recently visited them in their classrooms to congratulate them on their accomplishment.
This Sunday, March 28, the Kansas State Department of Education will honor the two educators at the Region III virtual awards ceremony for the statewide Kansas Teacher of the Year recognition. Each year, districts in the state of Kansas have the opportunity to nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for this recognition. Statewide, teachers nominated for the 2021 KTOY award automatically became the nominees for the 2022 program.
As Johnson-Berry was nominated, principal Jeremy Higgins noted she is an “all-around fantastic teacher.”
“She can always be depended upon when you need something or when a student needs something,” Higgins shared. “We are lucky to have her as a teacher at Shawnee Mission North.”
As Brower was nominated in 2020, nominating principal Dominic Flora shared with the KTOY committee that she builds extremely strong relationships with her students and their families and teaches with great urgency and passion.
“Students achieve and reach goals because they are inspired by her belief in them,” he stated.
Kansas Teacher of the Year honorees are entered into the National Teacher of the Year competition. Each nominee is invited to become a part of the Kansas teachers network to share best practices and ideas.