Dyane Smokorowski, an eighth grade advanced language arts teacher at Andover Middle School, USD 385, was named the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year during ceremonies in Wichita Saturday night.
Commissioner of Education Diane DeBacker made the announcement before a gathering of more than 400 education officials, corporate leaders and state policy makers.
“It is truly a pleasure to present this award to Dyane Smokorowski,” DeBacker said. “When Dyane talks about teaching, her entire face lights up. She gets carried away with her enthusiasm for her profession and for her students, and it is impossible not be carried away with her. I am grateful to have teachers like Dyane in Kansas.”