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Congratulations to the finalists for the 2015-16 Missouri Teacher of the Year award. Nominations were submitted by districts throughout the state and the finalists were chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We are also pleased to share that four of the six are member districts:

  • Kimberly Dailey, special education teacher at Lindbergh High School,
    St. Louis, through Special School District of St. Louis County.
  • Michael Dragoni, visual arts teacher at Buder Elementary School, St. Ann, Ritenour School District.
  • Linda Glasgow, 3rd grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary, Blue Springs, Blue Springs R-IV School District.
  • Amy Krinke, music teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.
  • Yulia Kotets, English language learner specialist at Willow Brook Elementary, St. Louis, Pattonville R-III School District.
  • Melissa Nussbaum, 7th grade science teacher at Truman Middle School,
    St. Louis, Lindbergh Schools.

The Missouri Teacher of the Year program recognizes the efforts of teachers in providing a quality education to their students. These educates are highly effective teachers, leaders and collaborative partners. The new Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The selection committee is made up of teachers, business leaders and education organization leaders and will select the teacher of the year following interviews with each finalist in mid-September. The winner and the finalists will be honored later at a banquet in Jefferson City.

Missouri’s current Teacher of the Year is Chris Holmes, journalism teacher at Hazelwood West High School in the Hazelwood School District.

The Department conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program with financial support provided by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund. For more information, contact Sarah Potter, communications coordinator at DESE.