Area Educators to be Recognized During Annual Kansas Teacher of the Year Ceremonies 

Kansas State Department of Education
Kansas State Department of Education

Four ceremonies will take place April 6th and 7th to recognize teachers nominated for the 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year program.  The announcement of semifinalists and finalists will be made at the ceremonies.

The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.  

This year, 120 educators from across the state were nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction.  Nominations are made in each of the state’s four congressional districts.  

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), sponsor of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, appoints regional selection panels comprised of teachers, education administrators and higher education representatives to select semifinalists and finalists from each region.  

Each panel selects six semifinalists – three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers.  From those semifinalists, the panel in each region then selects one elementary finalist and one secondary finalist.  The Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected from among the state’s eight regional finalists.

Nominees in Region 1 for the 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year program are:
Elementary:  
Kristin Peltier, Concordia Elementary School, Concordia USD 333  
Cari Pfizenmaier, Lincoln Elementary School, Clay County USD 379  

Secondary:  
Andrea Flegler, Clay Center Community High School, Clay County USD 379
Jamie Meyer, Concordia Jr/Sr High School, Concordia USD 333

The 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year Region 1 award banquet will take place at the Tony's Pizza Events Center in Salina on Saturday, April 6th.

The 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year regional finalists will gather in Wichita on Saturday, September 28th for the announcement of the 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year.  The announcement will be made during the Dale Dennis Kansas Teacher of the Year Banquet.