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MCS recognizes “Teachers of the Year”

Andy Klotz
Grissom teacher Heidi Keever

Muncie, Ind. – Muncie Community Schools has named the 2021-22 Teachers of the Year at each of its schools. All award recipients were presented with commemorative plaques by their building principals and now become eligible for the overall district Teacher of the Year award, which will be presented at the start of the 2022-23 school year.

“I can’t say enough about this group of outstanding educators,” MCS Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski said. “They dedicate themselves to going the extra mile to make sure students feel empowered and succeed in the classroom. We have hundreds of teachers like this, and these are some of the best.”

The recipients were all nominated by their teaching peers and chosen from a group of finalists based on four categories: student success, student engagement, professional growth and colleague feedback.

In addition to a Teacher of the Year, each school also named a Rising Star, Support Person of the Year and a Partner in Education. Here is the complete list of awards:

 

Longfellow Elementary:

            Teacher of the Year – Leslie Foster

            Rising Star – Alison Lagpacan

            Support Person of the Year – Wilma Underhill (Chartwells)

            Partner in Education – Mary Dollison

Grissom Elementary:

            Teacher of the Year – Heidi Keever

            Rising Star – Chelsie Bilby

            Support Person of the Year – Donna Newlin

            Partner in Education – United Way

North View Elementary:

            Teacher of the Year – Sarah Stone

            Rising Star – Jasmine Alberts

            Support Person of the Year – Malik Perry

            Partner in Education – Josh Hourigan

South View Elementary:

            Teacher of the Year – Denise Gawrys

            Rising Star – Courtney Dragoo

            Support Person of the Year – Jerry Vance

            Partner in Education – Frist Presbyterian Church

West View Elementary:

            Teacher of the Year – Kira Zick

            Rising Star – Hannah Hyde

            Support Person of the Year – Tracey Williams

            Partner in Education – Connie Goen

East Washington Academy:

            Teacher of the Year – Evan Shroyer

            Rising Star – Jessica Mixell

            Support Person of the Year – Sherman Bell (SSC)

            Partner in Education – The Gathering Church

Northside Middle School:

            Teacher of the Year – Debbie Mizelle

            Rising Star – Megan Santin

            Support Person of the Year – Amanda Baggs

            Partner in Education – SSC Services

Southside Middle School:

            Teacher of the Year – Kim Kowalski

            Rising Star – Crystal Adams

            Support Person of the Year – Danielle Barnes

            Partner in Education – Fairlawn Church of Christ

Muncie Central High School:

            Teacher of the Year – Jen Jensen

            Rising Star – Elliana Kirkpatrick

            Support Person of the Year – Lee Wafer

            Partner in Education – Ivy Tech

Muncie Area Career Center/Youth Opp. Center:

            Teacher of the Year – Jeremy Penrod

            Rising Star – Colton Cox

            Support Person of the Year – Stacey Hirsch

            Partner in Education – Magna

About Muncie Community Schools

Serving the local community since 1855, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) educates more than 5,000 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school while also managing several other educational facilities. Through its unique partnership with Ball State University, MCS strives to maximize each student’s potential so he or she can be a positive, productive member of society. Find out more about MCS or Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski at muncieschools.org.  

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