The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is fortunate to have many talented educators helping students achieve their personal best.
As Educator Appreciation Week began, the SMSD held a reception to formally honor this year’s building-level Teacher of the Year award winners. Each school in the district had the opportunity to nominate an educator as its Teacher of the Year. Each of these nominees were honored at this event.
Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard encouraged all honorees to reflect on the fact that each honoree was nominated by a parent or colleague and that they were chosen to represent their schools.
“You represent the best of the best in Shawnee Mission,” Dr. Hubbard expressed to the attendees.
Dr. Darren Dennis spoke about the overwhelming evidence that shows how important teachers are in the lives of students. Not only do teachers make a difference in numerous academic outcomes, they also make lives better, he added.
“This is a tough time to be a teacher so that makes it more important to stop, take time, and celebrate your work,” he shared.
The Shawnee Mission School District selected two among the honorees to serve as the district nominees for the Kansas Teacher of the Year recognition. Amy Sachse, a fourth-grade teacher at Corinth, was the elementary nominee. She was recognized this spring as a semifinalist in the state program that recognizes outstanding educators.
Sachse shared she is a “proud graduate and employee” of the Shawnee Mission School District. As she achieved her dream of becoming an educator, Sachse said she realized how the career is much more complicated and rewarding than she had imagined. It didn’t take long to realize she couldn’t do it alone. Sachse took time during the district ceremony to thank the many individuals who have helped her achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an educator, including administrators, colleagues, family, members, friends, and students.
Wraye Royle, seventh-grade math teacher at Indian Hills, also spoke about achieving her dream of being a teacher in the SMSD. She thanked the many colleagues, friends, and family members who have helped her achieve her dream. Royle noted that students from her first year of teaching and her first group of students as a teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District are all members of the class of 2022. She thanked all of her students and extended an extra word of congratulations to all who graduate from high school this year.
“It is so rewarding to be a part of this community and watch my students grow,” she added.
Here is a look at all Shawnee Mission School District 2022 Teacher of the Year Honorees
Apache IS -Tori Gamis
Broken Arrow-Stacy Redus
Christa McAuliffe-Michelle Henley
East Antioch-Christina (Christi) Smith
John Diemer-Laura Holland
Lenexa Hills-Amara Baker
Merriam Park-Archie Pozek
Mill Creek-Jessica Jaynes
Oak Park-Carpenter-Becky Martin
Overland Park-Taryn Tyler
Ray Marsh-Jennifer Price
Rhein Benninghoven- LeAnna Kemp
Rising Star-Erin Stout
Santa Fe Trail-Dr. Laura Herrick
Westwood View-Matt Mirsch
Hocker Grove-Alyssa Passmore
Indian Hills-Wraye Royle
Indian Woods-Kristin Archer
Shawnee Mission East-Amanda Doane
Shawnee Mission North-Anna Cook
Shawnee Mission Northwest-Rebecca Anthony
Shawnee Mission South-Melissa Olson
Shawnee Mission West-None
Center for Academic Achievement-Connie Gandy
All attendees took a moment to thank Mindy Messmer, social studies teacher at Westridge Middle School, and Anna Sahadeo, second-grade teacher at Lenexa Hills, for their time and dedication to the Teacher of the Year program in Shawnee Mission.