Natalie Johnson-Berry, English Language Arts teacher at Shawnee Mission North High School, is a Region 3 finalist for the 2022 Kansas Teacher of the Year award.
The honor was announced in a virtual ceremony on March 28, hosted by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).
As a finalist, she receives a $2,000 cash award. She is eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year, which will be announced during a ceremony in September.
This year, 138 educators were nominated. Each school district is able to honor one secondary and one elementary teacher. Johnson-Berry and Crystal Brower, a kindergarten teacher at Shawanoe Elementary school were both recognized over the weekend.
In addition to recognizing exemplary teachers across the state, the program builds a network of remarkable teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance, and teaching. The individual named Kansas Teacher of the Year becomes eligible to be the National Teacher of the Year.