Brenda Vogts, a seventh-12th-grade teacher in the Canton-Galva school district, was nominated by her colleagues as a Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Vogts will attend a banquet Sept. 7 at the Salina Country Club with other nominees from across the state. There, a panel will announce four finalists to be eligible to receive the title.
Brent Kaempfe, the principal at Canton-Galva High School, said teachers in Kansas school districts can nominate a primary and secondary education teacher each year for the award. He said not every district does so, but he thinks it’s a good use of time.
“It’s a great recognition for some of our teachers,” Kaempfe said. “I think it’s neat for them to be recognized by their colleagues.”
Once selected, nominees submit a packet to a panel, including essays on their teaching philosophy, achievements, and trends they’ve noticed in education. Vogts said the teacher named Teacher of the Year will spend a year sharing their thoughts on education with others around the state.
Kaempfe said teachers are selected based on factors, such as how long they’ve been teaching and their skill as teachers. Vogts has been teaching for 33 years.
For this award, Kansas is divided into four regions. Teachers within each district compete with others in their region to become finalists.
Once finalists are selected from each region, the panel then selects one of them to win the award.
Kaempfe and Vogts said they aren’t sure what the process is after a teacher has been named a finalist.
Kaempfe said he’s never had a teacher make it to the finals, but he said he thinks Vogts has a good shot.
Vogts said she’s honored her colleagues nominated her.
“Anyone could have been nominated,” Vogts said.
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