Superintendent Don Grosdidier (center) attended the banquet to help recognize Eudora teachers of the year Scott Keltner and Kacie Olson.
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Third grade teacher Kacie Olson and Eudora High School math teacher Scott Keltner were recognized as the district’s teachers of the year at the regional Kansas Teacher of the Year banquet, Sept. 9, at the Overland Park Marriott. The annual event serves to recognize districts’ nominees and announce the regional finalists that will be considered for the state teacher of the year title.
During the banquet, Keltner also was named a finalist for the region — the first time a Eudora teacher has ever been recognized in this way. Two finalists are selected from each state region, one each from the secondary and elementary levels. Eudora’s region corresponds to the state’s third congressional district and includes the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding school districts. Keltner’s selection as a finalist was based on the extensive application packet that all district nominees must submit to the state in April.
“Scott is a teacher who goes above and beyond for his students and for our community,” said EHS Principal G.A. Buie. “As a candidate, he was evaluated alongside great teachers from much larger districts. To see him earn these state honors is truly a reflection of the outstanding Eudora teachers, students and community.”
As a regional finalist, Keltner received a $2,000 cash award from program partner Security Benefit and is now eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year, an award that will be announced during ceremonies in Wichita on Nov. 17.
Olson and Keltner were selected in early 2012 to serve as the district’s representatives in the Kansas State Department of Education 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year program. Both spent long hours last spring preparing, writing and submitting the essays and documentation for the state’s selection process.
“We are extremely proud to participate each year in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program,” said Eudora Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier. “In so many ways, the real benefits of the program, both to our teachers and our district, are just beginning.”
As district teachers of the year, both Olson and Keltner will participate in the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network and will travel within the region to share with other districts and collaborate about best practices and innovative programs. Furthermore, Keltner will spend much of the coming year with the state’s team of eight regional finalists, meeting with teachers, policy makers, college students and leaders across Kansas.
“The Kansas Teacher of the Year program is about developing and recognizing leadership and vision in the teaching profession,” Grosdidier said. “Kacie and Scott are going to do an outstanding job representing our schools and our community across the state, and we wish Scott the very best of luck in the next phase of the Kansas Teacher of the Year selection process.”