The district announced its representatives for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year program during a surprise visit to their respective schools. The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Caitlan Johnston, fifth grade teacher at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School.
Mrs. Johnston has been with the Leavenworth School District for seven years, working at David Brewer Elementary, and most recently at Henry Leavenworth Elementary. In her application Mrs. Johnston talked about her focus on promoting kindness in her classroom and ensuring students respect themselves and one another. She said, "My goal as a teacher is to make every student feel like they are good enough, to feel like they matter, and that they have people who believe in them. By making my students feel like they are important to me, we can accomplish anything necessary together."
Mrs. Johnston will represent our district in the regional portion of the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year recognition program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. The Kansas Teacher of the Year Program identifies, recognizes, and celebrates representatives of excellent teaching in elementary and secondary classrooms throughout the state. The program’s mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching profession.
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