Archive for Wednesday, January 6, 2016

USD 232 middle school teacher named Horizon Award winner

SMNW language arts teacher also earns award

January 6, 2016

Taylore Weitner, a teacher at Mill Creek Middle School, and Brett Mach, a teacher at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, have been named recipients of a state award recognizing exemplary first-year teachers.

The Kansas State Department of Education announced the 32 recipients of the 2016 Kansas Horizon Award yesterday. Mach, Weitner and other recipients will be honored at a ceremony during the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network State Education Conference next month.

Weitner teaches sixth grade English language arts. She earned her English education degree in 2014 from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., and is currently working on her master's degree in educational leadership through the same university.

Mach is a language arts teacher at Northwest. Mach has a gift for reaching students across all levels of learning, principal Lisa Gruman said in a news release.

“In his classroom, students repeatedly reach the next level of success with greater self-confidence and interest in language arts,” Gruman said.

The Kansas Horizon Award program, which is sponsored by KSDE, 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.


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