Two USD 231 teachers will advance to the Kansas Teacher of the Year Regional Competition.
Vickie Chandler, a sixth grade teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, and Cyrena Kellogg, a fifth through eighth grade level family and consumer science teacher at Wheatridge Middle School, both earned USD 231’s Teacher of the Year honors.
Kellogg, the district’s secondary education award winner, began her career 14 years ago at Wheatridge. She has a master’s degree in education technology from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
The USD 231 Teacher of the Year Award is one of several she’s received. She’s also been honored with the Master Teacher Award, the Golden Apple Award and has been nominated for the Disney Teaching Excellence Award and the Kansas Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.
Heath Sigg, Wheatridge Middle School principal, said Kellogg creates meaningful connections for students between their learning and their lives.
“More importantly, she crafts lifelong relationships with each of her students that inspire them to excel,” Sigg said.
Chandler is a 32-year veteran teacher who has taught at Pioneer Ridge Middle School for the last six years. Previously, she earned honors as the Parsons Teacher of the Year and has twice been nominated as a Master Teacher of the Year.
Tim Drake, Pioneer Ridge Middle School principal, called Chandler a “tireless worker for her students.”
“Teaching is clearly a passion for Vickie and her students thrive on her enthusiasm and excitement for learning,” Drake said.
The Kansas State Department of Education annually sponsors a statewide Teacher of the Year competition. Each district nominates one elementary teacher and one secondary teacher.
A regional selection committee will select six finalists who will vie for the statewide honor.