Mill Valley teacher is honored by state
Kelsey Kokoruda, language arts instructor at Mill Valley High School, is among 28 first-year Kansas educators named by the state for a special honor.
The Kansas Horizon Awards are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and recognize exemplary first-year educators.
The 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 a Horizon 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 award 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 congressional district.
Kokoruda completed her education degree coursework in 2002 from the University of Kansas and began her teaching career at Mill Valley in August 2002. Her career follows in the footsteps of her father, Russ Kokoruda, principal of Blue Valley Northwest High School.
The award recipients were notified of their selection by Andy Tompkins, commissioner of education. They will be recognized at a special luncheon in February.